Have you heard this on the radio? "Christians have an important decision to make when voting for the next mayor of Fort Wayne. There are some things that as people of faith we need to consider. . . ."
The people pushing this ad seem to assume that all Christians should think the same way they do and that those supporting Mr. Kelty are the better Christians than the rest of us. "Oh goodness", where would that kind of debate take us? Would we not be better off to look at the important issues that need to be addressed to make Fort Wayne a better city, improve the lives of citizens and encourage more and better jobs? This all gets very sad and silly as one group implys to others that they are the "better" Christians.
This is the radio ad that hits the fan. The American Family Association is the name behind the ad and it is the most dishonest message we have heard this campaign season. OK, so it is one of many. It sacrifices an important group in our community using untrue labels and prejudice as a wedge issue to divide our community. It leaves out important details to make Tom Henry look evil. Go figure how any of it deals with family values.
Family values should include ALL people in a family and all families. Frankly, for people who claim to be the only ones with the right values, this ad hits those who have loved family members who are gay or lesbian right in the gut. While the rest of America grows with a positive understanding, these people remain locked into their ignorance and prejudice. Anyone who had any doubts about Matt Kelty's willingness to go negative and use wedge issues can now see what he will do in order to become mayor. What is really sad is that the people spreading this ignorance really believe it.
You can download the mp3 of The American Family Association ad. We are fortunate that not all Christians hold the shallow and non inclusive views as this group nor do they distort past actions of their political opponents.
This ad says that " . . . As a city councilman Tom Henry repeatedly authored legislation promoting the gay rights agenda - several homosexual groups are supporting Henry . . . " Well, how often is "repeatedly" and what is their agenda anyway? Is it just to be treated equally? Doesn't sound like much a problem to me. If you or I were gay, would we support Kelty? I don't think so. If we had sons, daughters, brothers, sisters or other family members who were would we support someone who looks down on them and discriminates. Every group has an agenda or two. Give it a break because no one is trying to convert anyone.
This ad says that " . . . Kelty knows the dangers our kids face in today's sex crazed world." I am sorry, but I don't think we live in a sex crazed world. If Mr Kelty does, then I really do question his perceptions of reality. That is just crazy.
This ad says that . . . "Tom Henry REFUSED to stand with pastors, churches and families concerned about the dangers of strip clubs and adult book stores." Then it goes on to share that Republican Matt Kelty supports family values - implying that Tom Henry does not. . . Well, Tom Henry is a poster child for family values and that is shown by his own extremely large and close family. This ad twists facts, uses words intended to direct the listener's interpretation and distorts reality. The line, "concerned about the dangers of . . ." is wide open and tells us nothing - it just tries to put doubt in the voter's mind. No details, no reasons, not enough information given. I assume these businesses were operating legally and to close them down would restrict and limit business in Fort Wayne. To find out if shutting them down would limit crime we might ask the Fort Wayne Police Department - not this group. I doubt very much that a good mayor would shut down businesses just because he did not personally approve of them.