I don’t speak this dialect of gibberish.  Nevertheless, Joseph Backholm and the Family Policy Institute of Washington apparently want people to know, via email, that the church deserves to have laws that are effected for their pleasure. According to them, this is necessary because  “so many churches, and so many individuals within the church,
have chosen to surrender their influence over public policy.” By the way, the vagueness of what they intend to do with contributions is probably by design due to the fact that they are collecting tax deductible contributions for a non-deductible purpose. I’ll get around to that issue later in the week.

Did you know that 1500 churches in Washington State have already stepped up to be
part of the effort to collect signatures for Referendum 74?

Do you realize what an amazing opportunity this represents? Will you help us take
advantage of it?

The reason we find ourselves in this situation of having to defend the definition
of marriage is because so many churches, and so many individuals within the church,
have chosen to surrender their influence over public policy. Not wanting to be
labeled, we have agreed to be governed by people we know are wrong.

Changing this situation is a central part of our mission. And while the current
crisis is unfortunate, it provides real opportunities.

In light of the growing number of churches and individuals that are recognizing
the tremendous cost of neglecting our civic influence, our chance to improve the
culture may have never been better.

But we need your help to make sure we can do this. Will you make a contribution
of any size, right now, in support of this effort?

We are supported entirely by the generosity of individuals like you. We don’t receive
tax dollars. We don’t have grants from large foundations. We depend exclusively
on the support of those who share our worldview and our passion.

If that is you, and if it would bring you joy to be part of our team and this effort,
your support would be greatly appreciated.

There is much to do.

“The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government,
is to live under the government of worse men.” Plato

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.