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The Montana Human Rights Network and the American Civil Liberties Union, in their drafting and presentation of the anti-discrimination ordinance to the city of Missoula for passage by the City Council, demonstrate that they have bought into the lie that the LGBT community is the target of rampant discrimination and that their safety is in peril.

Reviews of the most recent national FBI statistics reveal: of 13,690 law enforcement agencies under the Uniform Crime Reporting program in 2008, 2,145 agencies reported 7,783 hate crimes incidents involving 9,168 offenses.

Of 7,880 single bias incidents reported, 51.3 percent were racially motivated 19.5 percent were religion-biased; 16.7 percent were sexual orientation-biased; 11.5 percent were ethnic/national origin-biased; 1 percent were disability biased.

When bias-motivated crime is broken down to categories based on religion and sexual orientation, only 1,606 and 1,617, respectively, were reported. In review, these statistics in such small numbers in relation to the population, demonstrates the deception that has been the cornerstone of the LGBT agenda. This nonissue can be exemplified in GLSEN’s past executive director, Kevin Jennings, now the Obama administration’s “Safe Schools Czar,” in a speech in 1995 when he used “safety” to delude the Massachusetts legislature into adopting a pro-homosexual agenda for the schools. (See the Massachusetts News, December 2000.)

Despite claims to the contrary, the safe message of these organizations like GLSEN and PFLAG is nothing more than a deceptive ploy designed to force the larger society to accept a lifestyle contrary to the objective moral obligation of most citizens in Missoula.

The statistics in reality have not demonstrated the validity of the argument that safety and discrimination are the paramount problem. It points out that bias crime occurs more in the religious community than in the alternative lifestyle community. They refute the “crisis mentality” that these activist organizations want you to believe.

Curtis Davey, Missoula

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