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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Republican Governor Turns Anti-Catholic

Governor Robert L Ehrlich Jr.
Republican, Maryland

Ehrlich slammed for firing official

Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is receiving criticism nationally and locally for his decision last week to fire a Metro Board member who said in a public forum that he thinks homosexuals are "persons of sexual deviancy."

"Mr. Ehrlich is using his power as governor to declare that a tenet of the Catholic faith is a form of bigotry. That's a bigoted act on Mr. Ehrlich's part," said Robert Knight, director of the Culture and Family Institute of Concerned Women for America, a national Christian group based in the District.

"Shame on Governor Ehrlich for capitulating to this kind of pressure and dismissing a good man who was doing a good job," Mr. Knight said.

Chris Core, a conservative talk-show host on WMAL-AM (630), and the American Family Association, based in Tupelo, Miss., have started e-mail petition drives asking Mr. Ehrlich to reinstate Robert J. Smith, a Gaithersburg architect and Republican activist.

In addition, the Archdiocese of Washington has expressed displeasure over Mr. Ehrlich's decision.

"It would be unfortunate if it was [Mr. Smith] trying to express his faith teachings in a context also unrelated in his position on the Metro Board that resulted in him being dismissed from the board," archdiocese spokeswoman Susan Gibbs said.

Mr. Ehrlich has declined to explain why he fired Mr. Smith last Thursday. Hours earlier, a fellow board member -- D.C. Council member Jim Graham, a Ward 1 Democrat who is openly homosexual -- had demanded that Mr. Smith apologize, resign or be fired...

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Is Catholicism now 'unacceptable'?

On the political roundtable "21 This Week," on Maryland's tiny Access Montgomery cable channel 21, Robert J. Smith has been a regular panelist. Introduced as a "Republican activist," Smith was also Gov. Robert Ehrlich's appointee on the Metro Transit Authority board.

No more. Smith has been fired for remarks that the GOP governor considers "inappropriate, insensitive and unacceptable." What did Smith say? Did he cut loose into some racist rant using the "n" word?

Nope. One of the panelists on "21 This Week" had volunteered that Mary Cheney, the vice president's daughter who has come out of the closet, would not want the federal government interfering in her life. Smith interrupted: "That's fine, that's fine. But that doesn't mean that the government should proffer a special place of entitlement within the laws of the United States for persons of sexual deviancy."

Parsing that statement, what was Smith saying? That the feds should not intrude into private lives, but neither should the feds grant special privileges to homosexuals. Smith was also saying that, in his view, homosexuals are "persons of sexual deviancy." In short, Smith was saying what most Americans have always thought.

But at the next meeting of the Metro board, he was confronted by D.C. member James Graham, a homosexual activist, who demanded that Smith recant and apologize, or be fired by the governor.

Smith held his ground. "Homosexual behavior, in my view, is deviant," Smith said. "I'm a Roman Catholic."

He added, "The comments I make outside of my (Metro board job) I'm entitled to make." Moreover, said Smith, these were personal beliefs that have "nothing to do with running trains and buses, and have not affected my actions or decisions on the board."

Five hours later, Gov. Ehrlich, in a tight re-election race, fired Smith. The episode is instructive for what it says about the correlation of forces in America's religious war.

To save himself, Ehrlich threw Smith to the wolves. He declined to defend traditional Christian teaching on homosexuality – i.e., that it is unnatural and immoral, ruinous to body and soul alike. Ehrlich sacrificed one of his own to appease the homosexuals and their media auxiliary, rather than defy their moral authority.

Smith was fired by a Republican governor for standing by a truth rooted in 2,000 years of Catholic doctrine, Natural Law, the Torah, the Islamic faith, the teachings of every Christian denomination and the laws of every Western nation up to the late 20th century. One has yet to hear a word in defense of this faithful son from the Catholic hierarchy of the Washington area...

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Ehrlich Appoints Openly Gay Judge

Annapolis (AP) - Governor Robert Ehrlich has named an openly gay judge to serve on the Baltimore District Court.

Erlich appointed 47-year-old Christopher Panos as a special master in the city Circuit Court family division to a fill a court vacancy.

Panos and his partner of 17 years, Dennis Cashen, are raising a young daughter, Cate.

Panos tells The Baltimore Sun the appointment is indicative of social progress within the form of a judicial nomination.

The governor's appointment comes a little more than a week after he fired one of his appointees to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Robert J. Smith, for saying on a cable talk show that homosexuals lived a life of "sexual deviancy."...

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