Tuesday, June 05, 2007

AFA of PA ACTION ALERT: Ask Your Senator to Vote 'NO' on Confirmation



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Franklin, PA   16323

Phone:  1.814.271.9078   FAX:  1.814.437.5432





June 1, 2007


SPECIAL NOTE:  On May 31st Philadelphia City Council voted to evict the Cradle of Liberty Scout Council from the building they have used rent free since 1928.  That is when the City Council commended the work of the Scouts and told them they could use the half acre of land ‘in pertuity’ or ‘forever.’  I guess ‘forever’ is 79 years!  Click here to read our news release.


Stephen Glassman’s Term will End on June 4th


Open homosexual Stephen Glassman was nominated to be a Commissioner on the PA Human Relations Commission in 2002 by then-Governor Mark Schweiker.  He won unanimous Senate confirmation.  When Ed Rendell became Governor in 2003, he ‘promoted’ Glassman to the chairmanship.  Mr. Glassman’s term expires on June 4th.  We are sure that Governor Rendell will re-nominate Stephen Glassman for another five-year term. The nominee’s name cannot be presented until the term officially ends.


Since 2003 Mr. Glassman has used his position as a bully pulpit to further the homosexual agenda across the Commonwealth.  Consider the following:


q    July 14, 2002 – from a SPARC news release announcing Glassman’s appointment as Chairman of the PHRC:  “We look forward to working with him (Glassman) and the Commission on securing non-discrimination protections for the LGBT community," said Stacey L. Sobel, executive director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights. (Now Equality Advocates Pennsylvania)

q    “Said (Representative Steven) Nickol, who argued for the measure (H.B. 1493- hate crimes bill) on the House floor, ‘Pennsylvania passed a landmark hate-crimes law. I attribute that to a coalition of groups, and (Glassman) was their leader.’

q    In 2004 Stephen Glassman testified in support of a policy change to include ‘sexual orientation’ in the Lansdowne School District.

q    In 2006 Glassman worked with homosexual activists in Swarthmore and Lansdown Boroughs (Delaware County), Easton (Northampton County) and West Chester Borough (Chester County) to get borough council members to add ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ to their human  relations ordinance. 

q    Glassman is currently involved in State College (Centre County) and Carlisle (Perry County).  He also is in the process of forming a Berks County Human Relations Commission, which is usually the tool used to get the ordinance changes advanced.

q    Lansdown community activist Kevin Lee says Glassman’s work in small towns such as Lansdowne is an effective way to advance the larger gay-rights movement.

NOTE:  these ordinance changes are not necessary to be in compliance with the law.  The job of the PA Human Relations Commission is to enforce the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and the Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act. Click here to read their Mission Statement. 

q    March 1, 2006 – Glassman met with ten homosexual groups that opposed Pennsylvania’s Marriage Protection Amendment

q    March 4, 2007 – Stephen Glassman was the keynote speaker at the "Get Busy Get Equal Central PA" conference in Harrisburg


There’s more, but I believe you get the point!




1.)  Please contact your State Senator and ask him or her to vote against confirmation for Stephen Glassman as PA Human Relations Commission Chairman.  Click here for your Senator’s contact information.  If you do not know who your State Senator is, key in your county or nine-digit zip code in the upper right hand corner on that same page.  Please call and e-mail.


2.)  Federal Hate Crimes vote is still pending in the United States Senate – both Senators Specter and Casey are listed as co-sponsors.  We still do not know when the vote will be, but if you have not signed onto our petition asking our two United States Senators to vote against S 1105, please do so ASAP.  We will be faxing the petition to the Senators’ offices soon.  Click here to sign.


3.)  Don’t forget you can now listen to Diane Gramley’s weekly radio program ‘American Family Focus on PA Issues’ on our website.  Click here


4.)  Feel free to forward this alert to other concerned Pennsylvanians.  If this alert is being forwarded to you by a friend, please feel free to sign up by clicking here.   Please indicate in which county you live.


5.)  Please consider supporting the ongoing work of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania.  Make an online donation.


In His service,


Diane Gramley


American Family Association of PA



AFA of PA encourages Christians, through education, to become involved in pro-family issues in their community, state and the nation.


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