A sample letter opposing a proposed state antidiscrimination measure circulated by the Utah Eagle Forum this week calls homosexuality a “disturbing and disruptive” “personal weakness,” which the group compares to “theft, dishonesty [and] murder.”
Fox 13 reporter Max Roth, who attended an Eagle Forum event on the antidiscrimination bill Wednesday, posted an image of the letter on Twitter, which was then spotted by On Top Magazine. The meeting was led by Utah Eagle Forum head Gayle Ruzicka.
The sample letter, signed by Orem Eagle Forum president Barbara Petty, asks the antidiscrimination bill’s sponsor Sen. Steve Urquhart, “What were you thinking?”
“Any confusion a man or woman has for their gender other than the gender that they were born with, is their personal weakness,” Petty writes. “We all have weaknesses and some are more disturbing and or disruptive than others. There is no need to categorize weaknesses.”
“However our God inspired Founding Fathers included words in describing our Constitution as a document good only for a moral people,” she continues. “Deviant sexual life styles are immoral.”
The letter goes on to compare discrimination against “immorality” to discrimination against “theft, dishonesty [and] murder” and berates Urquhart for promoting “oppression of the majority by the minority.”
We’ve transcribed the letter from Roth’s photograph. Sic throughout, bolding is ours.
Dear Senator Urqhart
We raise our voices in extreme rejection of the Anti-Discrimination Bill that you sponsored.
To propose such an option in support of a questionable life style is unacceptable.
God’s word says he created man and woman in his image. Any confusion a man or woman has for their gender other than the gender that they were born with, is their personal weakness.
We all have weaknesses and some are more disturbing and or disruptive than others. There is no need to categorize weaknesses.
However our God inspired Founding Fathers included words in describing our Constitution as a document good only for a moral people.
Deviant sexual life styles are immoral. We urge you to withdraw your anti discrimination bill and any further activity in that direction.
We discriminate against immorality, theft, dishonesty, murder etcetera and as our representative in the Utah Senate your oath of office is to uphold the constitution. We hold you to the oath you have taken.
Such action as described in the anti discrimination bill allowing a man to say he feels like a woman and wants to use the bathroom and shower facilities for women is a disgrace to the sacred covenants we have with the God of this world and offends all decency.
It is also a complete perversion of sentiment in that, in order to make a small minority feel more “comfortable” in their unnatural behavior, the overwhelming majority must suffer being uncomfortable in natural behavior. It is not an abuse of a minority to reject its abuse of the sensibilities of the majority.
Isaiah 5:20 says: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness, that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
What were you thinking?
Please don’t consider oppression of the majority by the minority to be good.
cc: Senator Ralph Okerlund (who voted in favor to bring this Bill out of committee)
Senator Peter Knudson (who voted in favor to bring this Bill out of committee)
You can view Roth’s report from the event and another anti-antidiscrimination event the same day here.