AFA-Michigan to SVSU President Gilbertson re: MI Ct of Appeals Ruling on Indecent Exposure

Dear AFA-Michigan supporter,

Below is a copy of my message to Saginaw Valley State University President Eric Gilbertson. Please join us in praying that it will have some positive effect toward ending the use of your family’s tax dollars to pay for this grossly offensive and immoral presentation. Thanks, as always, for your prayers and support!

Gary Signature
Gary Glenn, President
American Family Association of Michigan


Dear President Gilbertson,

Regarding Saginaw Valley State University’s presentation of the play “Angels in America,” including full-frontal male nudity in a public venue: if your legal counsel has not already done so, we urge you to examine the Michigan Court of Appeals’ unanimous 2005 rejection of the First Amendment “artistic expression” defense to a violation of Michigan’s indecent exposure law.

See People v. Huffman, Michigan Court of Appeals, May 10, 2005: http://courtofappeals.mijud.net/DOCUMENTS/OPINIONS/FINAL/COA/20050510_C252315_80_73O.252315.OPN.COA.PDF

We find the excerpts below particularly compelling and applicable to SVSU’s knowing and wilful presentation of full-frontal male nudity in violation of the Michigan Penal Code, Act 328 of 1931, Section 750.335a, Indecent Exposure, which states: “A person shall not knowingly make any open or indecent exposure of his or her person or of the person of another.”

Given the criminal penalties provided for violations of this statute, we trust you have fully advised the SVSU faculty member directing the play and the student actors themselves of the potential jeopardy in which they place themselves by knowingly violating provisions of the Michigan Penal Code.

We strongly agree with the Michigan Court of Appeals finding that “public indecency statutes such as the one before us reflect moral disapproval of people appearing in the nude among strangers in public places. …This and other public indecency statutes were designed to protect morals and public order.”

A state institution that receives millions of dollars in public revenue, then uses those tax dollars to violate and undermine laws “designed to protect morals and public order,” must be held accountable, both legally and in terms of its continued receipt of taxpayers’ dollars. If SVSU refuses to obey the laws duly enacted by the Legislature, signed into law by the governor, and upheld by the courts, on what legitimate basis can you ask that same Legislature to continue to fund your activities as before?

This message is being copied to the Attorney General, local law enforcement agencies, members of the Legislature (including members of the House and Senate Higher Education Appropriations subcommittees), and the news media.

Respectfully,

Gary Glenn, President
American Family Association of Michigan
989-835-7978


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NEWS RELEASE — House Dems Try to Hide Homosexual Agenda on "Bullying" Bill

Please read our news release below, then contact your state Senator and urge him to oppose HB 4162 and its Senate counterpart SB 0107.

Click here to find your senator’s contact information:

http://senate.michigan.gov

Thanks for your support!

Gary Signature
Gary Glenn, President
American Family Association of Michigan


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
CONTACT: Gary Glenn
989-835-7978

Family group: House Dems try to deceive voters, hide “gay rights” push from public on bullying bill

LANSING — A statewide family values organization Wednesday accused Democrats in the Michigan House of Representatives of trying to deceive voters after a purported “anti-bullying” bill was amended to create special “protected class” status on the basis of homosexual behavior and cross-dressing — but hide from clear public view the language doing so — while refusing to even allow a recorded vote on language simply protecting all students from bullying and harassment regardless of motivation. The House then approved House Bill 4162 on a near-party line vote of 59-to-50.

Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, said “House Democrats proved today that their real motivation is a political payoff to billionaire Jon Stryker and other homosexual activists who demand that Michigan create special protections and legal rights specifically for individuals who engage in homosexual behavior.”

The original language of HB 4162 expressly segregated students into categories based on personal or behaviorial characteristics, then doled out protection based on a student’s falling into one of the segregated categories which included so-called “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression.”

However, after hearing last week from thousands of citizens who opposed the creation of special protection based on homosexual behavior, House supporters of the bill Wednesday deceptively removed the original language that would have openly and expressly created the segregated “protected class” categories, replacing it with language that has the exact same effect by giving the power of law to a Michigan State Board of Education model bullying policy that itself segregates students into the same categories, including based on homosexual behavior and cross-dressing. (See paragraph two of the MSBE model policy here)

Glenn said the Democrats’ amendment “proves that they’re still trying to push Jon Stryker and other homosexual activists’ political agenda but now realize that agenda is not popularly supported and are trying to hide it from public view.”

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ASSOCIATED PRESS — House Votes to Require Anti-Bullying Policies for Schools

“Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, said the bill would create for the first time in state law a protection based on homosexual behavior. ‘Homosexual activists are using legitimate concern for student safety as a Trojan Horse to sneak their special rights agenda into law,’ he said.”


ASSOCIATED PRESS
Lansing, Michigan
March 28, 2007


House Votes to Require Anti-Bullying Policies for Schools

by David Eggert, The Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Buoyed by parents, students and advocates, the Democratic-led House approved legislation Wednesday that would require Michigan schools to adopt anti-bullying and harassment policies.

The bills, backed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm, now head to the Republican-controlled Senate. One bill passed the House on a 59-50 vote, with Republicans in opposition.

Lawmakers, mostly Democrats, have been pushing for changes to state law the past few years.

“This is not kids being kids. This is causing psychological impact, psychological scars — if not leading children to commit suicide,” said Rep. Pam Byrnes, a Democrat from Washtenaw County’s Lyndon Township, who spoke at a rally inside the Capitol before the House vote. She was joined by Granholm, along with students, parents and gay rights activists who spent the day lobbying legislators.

Conservatives opposed the legislation because it would specifically protect students who are being bullied because of their sexual orientation — in addition to race, height, weight, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex and other characteristics.

Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, said the bill would create for the first time in state law a protection based on homosexual behavior.

“Homosexual activists are using legitimate concern for student safety as a Trojan Horse to sneak their special rights agenda into law,” he said.

But supporters of the legislation — including school groups and social workers — said their intent is to protect all children from bullying and harassment. The bill is named after Matt Epling, an East Lansing student who killed himself in 2002 after a hazing incident.

Supporters said some schools aren’t doing enough to help students who’ve been bullied. Some critics said the legislation doesn’t go far enough because it wouldn’t require teachers to report instances of bullying.

Read the full Associated Press article: http://www.mlive.com/newsflash/michigan/index.ssf?/base/news-42/1175116763260540.xml&storylist=newsmichigan

DAILY PRESS AND ARGUS: Schools Look to Settle Book Flap


“The American Family Association of Michigan…has brought up the possibility of bringing legal pressure on the (Howell Public School) district. President Gary Glenn said a legal opinion from the national AFA found that distributing a book describing scenes of child rape — as one of the books in question does — violates child pornography laws. He said he passed that opinion to (local parents), who may decide to bring it to the attention of local law enforcement authorities.”

Please join concerned parents in urging Howell High School not to use a book (“The Bluest Eyes”) that graphically depicts the rape of an 11-year old girl by her father.

Howell High School
Office phone: 517-548-6201
Principal’s e-mail: smithw@howellschools.com

Thanks as always for your support!

Respectfully,

Gary Signature
Gary Glenn, President
American Family Association of Michigan


DAILY PRESS & ARGUS
Howell, Michigan – February 5, 2007

Schools look to settle book flap
by Dan Meisler

In response to concerns raised over books with sexual content assigned to high school students, the Howell Public Schools is moving toward including more parents in the process of approving curriculum. Marybeth Roose, the district’s director of community education and district communications, said the district is planning to add some parents to the Curriculum Council, which approves all new or amended class material.

“Parents will definitely soon be included,” she said. “Especially in the book review process.” The council has about 50 members, and while it is a “diverse group,” she said, all of the members are either teachers or administrators — although some are also parents as well.

Exactly how many parents will be on the council has yet to be determined, Roose said. Board of Education member Wendy Day said making the council more representative of the community at large is a good idea. Day has been sympathetic to the concerns raised by the Livingston Organization for Values in Education, or LOVE, that material in “The Freedom Writers Diary,” “Black Boy” by Richard Wright and “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison is not appropriate for high school students. “I would like to see the curriculum committee more reflective of the community,” she said.

Increased parental involvement is one potential solution to the controversy that has placed the Howell Public Schools in the middle of a national debate on what is appropriate for students to read. On one side, conservative, family-values groups such as LOVE are seeking to keep material they deem inappropriate out of the public schools.

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SAGINAW NEWS: Delta College Interferes with Distribution of Christian Newspaper

SAGINAW NEWS
Saginaw, Michigan – January 9, 2007

Editor claims harassment
by Darryl Q. Tucker

Vox Veritas staffers hope that distribution of Monday’s newspaper to Delta College students occurs with no further interference from campus officials.

The Christian newspaper’s editor, Heston Glenn, 19, of Midland said Delta administrators and police have harassed employees of the free student-operated newspaper since October when they tried to distribute it.

Delta officials said the problem is improper distribution of the papers, not their content.

“We never had a problem with freedom of speech,” said Susan J. Montesi, Delta dean of students and interim vice president. “We encourage diversity in thought. This is not an issue as far as I’m concerned, as long as they distribute it correctly.”

Montesi said the students broke campus rules by leaving the papers at sites around campus. Rules state that students can hand out papers to other students but not while classes are in session, she said.

Glenn sees the situation differently. He believes Delta officials harassed his staff and allowed distribution of Vox Veritas — which means “the Voice of Truth” — only after threats of a lawsuit claiming First Amendment violations.

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DAILY PRESS AND ARGUS: Howell School Board Rejects Bible Elective

DAILY PRESS & ARGUS
Howell, Michigan – January 9, 2007

School won’t have Bible as literature class
by Dan Meisler

The Howell Public Schools Board of Education opted against approving an elective class on the Bible as literature on Monday, but the debate at the board meeting would make a good lesson plan on comparative views of religion and education.

People from the statewide chapters of the groups American Atheists, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and the American Family Association gave their thoughts on whether the Bible has a place in public schools, as did several parents of students in the Howell schools.

Most of the opinions were in favor of the class, despite objections that it violates the separation between church and state.

But when school board member Wendy Day made a motion to approve the curriculum, it died because none of the other six board members would second it, which is needed before a vote can be taken.

Earlier Monday, the Howell Public Schools district announced that the curriculum had been reviewed and rejected by the K12 Social Studies Curriculum Committee.

When asked about her motion dying, Day said, “That’s OK, I expected it.” But she added that she thinks the board should be more active and not wait for a committee of teachers to approve curriculum. “The board should have a more active and responsible role,” she said. The discussion on the Bible class lasted well over an hour. Activist Arlene-Marie of the atheist group started things off with a speech that criticized the developers of the curriculum and the quality of the class itself. Arlene-Marie, who goes by one name, also blasted the idea that America is founded on Christianity, an argument she said is often made in support of Bible classes in public schools. “The truth is, America is the most culturally and religiously diverse nation on earth,” she said. “And an above-average seventh-grader should know that we are governed by a secular document, the U.S. Constitution, which makes no mention of God, Jesus, Christianity or the Bible.”

Gary Glenn of the AFA, a self-described “family-values” group that is supporting a boycott on Ford Motor Co. because it gives benefits to same-sex partners of employees, said the curriculum passes constitutional scrutiny. He brought up the Howell district’s refusal to post the motto “In God We Trust” in the schools; allowing a rainbow diversity flag to be displayed in the high school, which he said promoted homosexuality; and rules on how much religious music is allowed at concerts. “There is clearly an agenda being run on this school board,” he said. He said that 94 percent of the school districts faced with a vote on the curriculum approve it, and added that Howell would be “among the fringe element, frankly,” if it didn’t.

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DETROIT NEWS: Howell School Board Avoids Question of Bible Class

DETROIT NEWS
Detroit, Michigan – January 9, 2007

Board quiet on Bible class
by Valerie Olander

HOWELL — A Howell school board member tried to advance a proposal Monday night to offer a Bible class as an elective at Howell High School, but failed to get any support.

Board member Wendy Day suggested forwarding the issue to the district’s social studies and literature curriculum committees. The class would focus on the Bible as literature and from a historical perspective.

“These are great conversations to have,” said board member Jeanne Clum. “But we have something coming down the pike that is huge,” she said, referring to state budget cuts.

About two dozen residents and representatives from four national organizations weighed in on the subject. Board members and residents voiced outrage at “outsiders” weighing in on the discussion.

“We get more complaints and calls from the media about the Howell School District’s pattern of hostility toward traditional Judeo-Christian values than all the other school districts in the state combined,” said Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan.

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LANSING ST. JOURNAL — Prop 2 clearly written, clearly backed

The following guest opinion was published in response to the Lansing State Journal’s July 10th misleading editorial found by clicking here.

LANSING STATE JOURNAL
Lansing, Michigan
July 13, 2006

(Editorial Page)

Proposal 2 clearly written, clearly backed
by Gary Glenn

As usual, the LSJ (July 10 editorial) misrepresented the American Family Association of Michigan’s lawsuit against Michigan State University.

The purpose of the Marriage Protection Amendment is to protect not just the word “marriage,” but the unique legal and social standing of the institution of marriage.

MSU’s same-sex benefits policy unconstitutionally establishes eligibility by using the requirements for marriage found in state law, inserting the words “domestic partnership” instead.

MSU’s policy itself discriminates, applying only to homosexual employees. Appropriately, unmarried heterosexual couples don’t qualify. Neither do an employee’s mother, sister or roommate. If MSU doesn’t let an employee put her sick grandmother on university insurance, how do they justify singling out only homosexual employees? Constitutionally, they cannot.
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FAMILY NEWS IN FOCUS — Group sues MSU over benefits

Conservative group sues Michigan
university over gay-partner benefits

Click here and then click on the “Play Audio” button to hear Focus on the Family’s radio coverage of the American Family Association of Michigan lawsuit to enforce our state Marriage Protection Amendment and protect taxpayers from being forced to financially subsidize homosexual behavior by government employees.

WNEM-TV Channel 5 — Live interview with AFA-Michigan's Gary Glenn

AFA-Michigan defends Marriage Protection Amendment, taxpayers

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interview on WNEM-TV Flint Channel 5

News: AFA-Michigan files suit against MSU

Live interview: AFA-Michigan President Gary Glenn