To:  Kaleb James

 From:  FHHRP Board of Directors

 Re:  April 2015 Voters’ Guide

 1-      Would you support amending the City of Manhattan’s non-discrimination hiring policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity?                                              

NO

 Please elaborate on your position:

Not within the scope of the authority of city commissioners.

 2-      Would you support amending the City of Manhattan’s Civil Rights Ordinance (Ch. 10, Sec. 10-2b) to include sexual orientation and gender identity as a protected class as it relates to housing, employment, and public accommodation?                                    

NO

 Please elaborate on your position:

Requires over legislation instead of the implementation of common sense.  It is far more effective to change officials not ordinances.

 3-      Do you believe it should be illegal for individuals to discriminate in connection with public accommodation (dining, shopping, etc...), employment, and housing by citing personal beliefs such as religion?                                                                                            

NO

 Please elaborate on your position:

How is public accommodation defined?  If one defines public accommodation as a church then no I do not think it should be illegal for a religious leader to decide which marriage he or she officiates.  Also, the right to refuse service gets trampled on frequently, people have the right to do business with whomever they decide to do business with.  If you have a grievance then it can be addressed through boycotting business and supporting alternate business.  Any business receiving tax revenue should not be able to refuse service to ANY legal citizen.

4-      Do you support Governor Brownback’s executive order to strip legal protection to state-employed LGBT citizens?                                                                          

 Please elaborate on your position:

He didn’t strip legal protection he stripped an executive order that bypassed legislation and amended law.  It is the legislative branch that creates laws.  If this amendment went through the legislation it wouldn’t have been able to be repealed by one man.  This is the system of checks and balances in action.

 5-      The city commission, as a body, often supports or opposes proposed state legislation or advocates for changes in existing legislation.  Do you support HB 2323, recently amended and reintroduced in the Kansas House of Representatives, which states that sexual orientation and gender identity should become protected classes, such as religious preference or military service, both  which are protected classes, in the state’s nondiscrimination policy?      

  NO

 Please elaborate on your position:

 When you can define a class as questioning then I have a hard time siding with legislation that can lead to the incarceration of other Americans.

 Furthermore, the Flint Hills Human Rights Project boasts in its name the championing of human rights yet in its description limits the humans whose rights they will champion lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex and questioning (LGBTTIQ).  Regardless of how well meaning the creation of this organization was, the inherent flaw is that the organization champions the rights of some humans not all humans.  The first step to equality is the declassification of humans as anything other than human.  Not the reclassification into sub-classes which leads inevitably to division and class warfare.  I appreciate your activeness in the community and wish more people shared your fervor for local politics.

 

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