Wednesday, July 29, 2009

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! MORE OPPOSITION TO COUNCIL FUNDING LIFE CHANGERS!!!



KICKASS TKC TIPSTERS recently got a hold of an AMAZING MESSAGE TO THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL that's currently causing quite a stir throughout the Hall. The message that TKC TIPSTERS have intercepted really is a hard hitting missive that speaks to the core of the problem with Kansas City Funding the Life Changers Conference which the Council will vote on tomorrow. Check it:

Dear Mayor and Council Members,

I am writing to you to express my concern and dismay regarding the vote from Wednesday’s Public Safety and Neighborhoods Committee regarding the NTDF ordinance number 090596, and specifically pertaining to the Life Changers Conference.

I was instrumental in working with Mayor Kay Barnes on re-crafting the NTDF ordinance to streamline the application process, solidify the measures of the ordinance and improve the administration of the ordinance. I devoted countless hours over the years and am still very interested in NTDF. It remains near and dear to me.

The approval of the Life Changers conference, in my opinion, violated the spirit of the NTDF ordinance as well as the separation of church and state. I have done research on the Life Changers conference and it included worship services. To the best of my recollection the NTDF Committee never funded an event that involved church activities, worship services or the promotion of a religious agenda. We did fund activities sponsored by church organizations, but those involved no faith-based activities.

The vote of the Public Safety and Neighborhoods Committee most likely violated the separation of church and state and set a dangerous precedent for future NTDF activities. It is impossible to separate the non-religious activities and the expenses for such from a single event that included religious activity. The Life Changers event placed the City’s logo on their website. While I have not first-hand seen their program, I was told by some who had that the logo was there as well. Their funds were, as I understand it, comingled with the proposed NTDF funds, so it is a rationalization to state that the NTDF funds were used for the portion of the Life Changers event that were not religious in nature. Even if the funds were earmarked for non-religious activities, if the event involved religious components, and NTDF funds were used for the event, then NTDF funds were used for a religious event. It is as simple as that. As Aristotle said, “A is A.”

I would strongly encourage you to review the taped meeting of the Neighborhoods Committee and reconsider the discussion of staff that suggested the potential conflicts of funding Life Changers. I would also like to offer that I am available for conversation and would welcome the opportunity to discuss my NTDF knowledge and experience with you, if you think that might be helpful. It is my fervent hope that you will reconsider the vote of Wednesday and vote to deny the funding to Life Changers at the Legislative Session this coming Thursday. To do otherwise is to use taxpayer dollars to support a religious/faith-based event that proselytizes a specific religion and its beliefs.

Thank you for your time and consideration regarding this ordinance.
This message has City Council folks afraid of further frustration that will come their way according to KICKASS TKC TIPSTERS. I know that the LGBT Community is planning to voice their opposition to funding that was recently passed though committee as well.

But it's not just supporters of equal rights who should be upset . . . As the previous message points out:

KANSAS CITY FUNDING A RELIGIOUS EVENT CLEARLY VIOLATES THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE!!!


There are flimsy guarantees that the money will somehow be separated from purely religious activities but so far there's no evidence that has surfaced as to how this will be carried out.

Important Question:

IF KANSAS CITY IS GIVING MONEY TO ONE GROUP WHO BASHES THE LGBT COMMUNITY WHAT'S TO STOP THEM FROM FUNDING THE PHELPS CLAN?

Furthermore . . .

IT'S GOING TO BE INTERESTING TO SEE KANSAS CITY POLITICOS RUN A BALANCING ACT BETWEEN THE LGBT COMMUNITY AND THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY WHO ARE AT ODDS ON THIS ISSUE . . . A STANDOFF BETWEEN PREACHERS AND RAINBOW BUDDIES COULD BE A CLASSIC KC SHOWDOWN!!!


In an otherwise quiet Council session . . . The result of local politicos picking sides on matters of finance, religion, lifestyle and culture should be interesting. The mistake some Council people are making is the assumption that nobody is watching as they flip-flop on earlier promises to stop funding to this group.

Previously in this TKC Investigative Series . . .

  • Public Safety and Neighborhoods Committee Passes 5k Worth of Funding For Homophobic Life Changers Conference!!!

  • Lifechangers Conference Labeled as Homophobic by LGBT Community Still Carries Kansas City's Logo!!!

  • "City pulls funds for Life Changers Conference"

  • TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KC LGBT COMMUNITY OBJECTS TO CITY SPONSORSHIP OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN PREACHER NOTED FOR INTOLERANCE OF HOMOSEXUALS!!!
  • 13 Comments:

    Anonymous said...

    hawt.

    Anonymous said...

    You forgot to say NO HOMO.

    Anonymous said...

    Any councilperson could easily wash their hands of this mess by simply invoking the First Amendment.

    Anonymous said...

    Tony you don't even understand that the deal has already been made. Please learn more about the way politics works before you speak.

    Anonymous said...

    What, exactly, is 'the deal' ? Who benefits from this? If the city doesn't give to religious groups, what about Sanders-Brooks funneling 1 million dollars into the black church in the northland?

    Anonymous said...

    As long as the gays are fighting the blacks the taxpayers are the winners.

    Anonymous said...

    10:58?

    The only way taxpayers will be the winners in that fight is if we give the gays a lot more guns.

    Anonymous said...

    10:58?

    The only way taxpayers will be the winners in that fight is if we give the gays a lot more guns.

    Anonymous said...

    ROTFLMAO

    Sophia said...

    Politics is such a strange thing. Are we really going to have a big showdown between the black community and the LGBT community over $5000?

    I watched Todd Hall preach on youtube. He's got some seriously messed up ideas, but he's got a nice style. I can see where he could give a nice inoffensive speech on the subject matter of the conference, and if the organizers were truly unaware of his preaching about gays I can see why they might be a bit defensive and not eager to find a replacement at the late date. (Didn't these objections come up a week before the conference?) But I think Hall's ideas about homosexuality are sufficiently loathsome that I object to public funds being put anywhere near the man.

    Churches do a lot of great work in the community, but they need to be sensitive to the limits of using public money. No one would've complained about the obvious first amendment violation if not for the invitation to the bigot.

    Anonymous said...

    Sophia makes a good point.

    Anonymous said...

    Religion is just organized crime gone legit.

    They need to start paying taxes like every other organization.

    Anonymous said...

    love the way that little mound looks through those striped bikini bottoms. mmmmmmm.