Posts tagged ‘Sharon Long’

July 23, 2009

Religious Bigotry On The Rise

by lewwaters

Submitted by Sharon Long

Religious freedom is under assault in our country. Under the guise of “Separation of church and state” that does not appear in the Constitution or Bill of Rights, people are attempting to remove religious speech from the public square.

I was working a political booth at Esther Short Park on Saturday, July 18, when a vendor came up to us asking our position on religious speech in the public park. When I expressed support for it, quite a discussion ensued. This person believed that freedom of religious only meant I could go to any place of worship I desired, not that I had the freedom to express my religious thoughts. In fact, he believed that any public expression of religious thought must be banned from the public square because of “Separation of church and state”.

He went so far as to say he had a right not to be “offended.” Since when? We are guaranteed the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. There is nothing that says we have a right not to be offended. Lots of things that happen in public offend me. Some humor offends me but others find it hilarious. Where is our “tolerance” of differing points of view? For some it seems to stop with religion.

How can allowing personal expressions of faith in public be establishing a religion? It doesn’t. The flip side of the establishment clause is that government cannot be ‘hostile’ to religion and that is what this individual proposes. He proposes singling out religious speech to censorship. Prohibiting free speech in the public square certainly violates the Bill of Rights portion that says the government cannot “establish a religion nor prohibit the free exercise thereof.” A huge part of the Christian faith is expressed in evangelism, seeking to share our faith with others. Our forefathers wanted to insure that freedom by allowing freedom of religion. The term ‘separation of church and state’ is used to justify just the opposite. Our freedom of religion is being distorted into freedom “from” religion in the public square. We must not allow that to happen. We must raise our voices whenever there is an attempt to silence us. I am not a member of the religious group at Esther Short Park, but I am publicly protesting any attempt to remove them against their will. I applaud the management of the Farmers Market for standing up to religious bigotry.

December 2, 2008

Clark County Republican Central Committee Organization Meeting – 2008

by lewwaters

Vancouver’s Academy on Evergreen Boulevard saw the 2008 Clark County Republican Party Central Committee Meeting this evening, December 2, 2008. The meeting was promptly called to order at 6:30 PM by County Chair, Ryan Hart.

Roll was taken and all were pleased that 99 Precinct Committee Officers were in attendance to choose officers for the Clark County Republican Party for the 2009 – 2010 election cycle. After the meeting commenced, two additional PCO’s came in and we seated in the Observers seating, bringing the total to 101 PCO’s present.

Notable Republicans in attendance were recognized, particularly Tom Mielke, who narrowly defeated Democrat Pam Brokaw to succeed Betty Sue Morris on the Board of Clark County Commissioners, giving Republicans the first majority on the County Commissioners Board in 32 years.

Chairman Hart presented Commissioner Mielke with a framed copy of the Oregonian’s article from November 5th declaring Brokaw the winner of the race. Included in the copy of the article was a photo of the infamous “Dewey Defeats Truman” photo from 1948.

Also recognized from the chair were our candidates, Debbie Peterson, Michael Delavar, Joseph James, Tom Langston and Michelene Doan. Although they did not win their races, their efforts were greatly appreciated by the party.

Candidates for office positions, both those running unopposed and those that had two people seeking the slots gave short speeches. For the most part, all those seeking election gave excellent short speeches outlining their desires for the Republican Party as well as their experience to fill that particular office.

Ryan Hart and Baine Wilson retained their Party Chair and Vice-Chair positions, running unopposed.

Brent Boger kept his State Committeeman position against challenger, Bill Hughes.

Nancy DeLeo won over Ann Donnelly for the position coming open of State Committeewoman.

Past Party Chair, Anna Miller, ran unopposed for the Treasurer position.

Sharon Long retained her position as Party Secretary.

Margie Ferris ran unopposed for the 49th Legislative District Director position, after giving an excellent speech on how we must stand strong on our issues.

David King and John Russell won the 17th and 18th Legislative District Directors, respectively.

Ron Paul supporter, David Knight defeated Jan Mulwitz for the 15th Legislative District Director by a card draw after their race ended in a tie. Knight, an admitted political novice, centered his speech on his admiration for twice failed presidential candidate, Ron Paul.

As the ballots were being tallied, several announcements were made from the floor.

Ann Donnelly announced that the Republican Party, long denied a Clark College Republican Student Club due to no faculty advisors available, now has a faculty advisor in Professor Claire Swift Heiller and will have the student club set up soon.

Margie Ferris informed all who had missed it that Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly ripped into Governor Christine Gregoire in his 12/2 Talking Points segment for allowing an atheist sign to be displayed next to the Nativity Christmas scene in our Capital in Olympia, giving the phone number for any who desire to call and express their opinion on this denigration of the Federal Holiday of Christmas, 360-902-4111.

With business concluded the meeting was adjourned shortly before 8 PM with many milling about congratulating winners and greeting new faces.

At a time of elation by many Democrats, believing the Republican Party is all but dead, tonight’s meeting is evidence that the party is going strong and will be coming back in future elections.

Several young people were in attendance and eager to work to elect Republican candidates.

Women were strongly represented in tonight’s meeting indicating growth in that area.

My congratulations to all candidates. Now, let’s get out there and work to let Clark County know that we are not a dead party and we are ready to represent the needs of Clark County.