Editor’s Note: This is an update to this article posted last week. Article by Ed Randazzo, Public Policy Analyst for FHA Action.
Recently we learned that the Sioux Falls City Council was set to approve the most invasive and overreaching “SOGI” (Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity) Ordinance amendments in the nation. This was the Human Relations Ordinance (HRO) CH 98.
FHA Action, along with other godly stakeholders including Liberty Counsel, Focus on the Family, and others, mobilized to oppose this dangerous attempt to make those grappling with sexual orientation issues and gender identity issues a protected class of citizens. If successful, this amendment to the Sioux Falls Human Rights Ordinance would have forced not only the City of Sioux Falls but businesses and even churches to comply, even if it was counter to their religious or moral convictions.
Your voice was heard. The mobilization has already produced limited success as the Sioux Falls City Attorney’s office has requested that this Ordinance Amendment (HRO CH 98) be withdrawn from the Council’s June 14th prepared agenda. ABC’s Sioux Falls affiliate, KSFY files this report. We will continue to be vigilant; however, as it is likely that some form of SOGI amendment will be forthcoming.
Already we know of the intent to amend another Sioux Falls Ordinance that would include gender identity protection in employment by the City of Sioux Falls. This is the HRO CH 39. FHA Action will oppose its passage.
FHA Action assures you that we will continue to make sure your voice is heard and we will inform you of further developments in Sioux Falls and across our great state.
As a lad, I was fond of Simon and Garfunkel. Yep, I know…deal with it. One of my favorite songs was “The Boxer”. I probably wouldn’t necessarily recommend the song now, but I do still get a little teary-eyed when I hear the last verse of that song. “In the clearing stands a boxer, and a fighter by his trade and he carries the reminders of every glove that laid him down and cut him till he cried out in his anger and his shame, ‘I am leaving, I am leaving.’ but the fighter still remains.”
Just when you think that God’s folks are down for the count, you get something like our lead story this week where the boxer shakes off the fog and stands, rubbing the sweat from his eyes and says, “is that all you got”. In the midst of so much “freedom from God” rhetoric in this country, a movement is growing. As a nation, we have a motto. It simply states: “In God we Trust“. This movement about which I am writing is one in which cities, municipalities, police departments, and the like have just decided enough is enough. We are going to display our nation’s motto on our squad cars and in our council chambers. I know saying that we trust God doesn’t make it so. However, pushing back against those who would banish God from every layer of our culture says something. It actually says a lot. For one thing, it says God’s people may have been down, but they aint out (pardon my Texan).
Over 500 cities and counties across America have followed the example of Congress and adopted this amazing statement of faith as their own motto. And, it gives us great pleasure to announce that the Mitchell S.D. city council voted 6 to 1 on Monday December 7, to become the 530th municipality to do so! That decision was prompted by the Family Heritage Alliance and Mitchell area pastors, who gave testimony in favor of this outcome. Go Mitchell!
Perhaps other cities in our great state might just follow the lead of the brave-hearts in Mitchell.
To quote Disney’s Lion King: Simba says: “What’s a motto”? Timon replies: “Nothing, what’s a-motto with you?” Well I can answer Simba’s question. It’s a phrase that defines a movement, a city, or a nation. Sometimes it’s a rallying cry. It gives the rest of us courage when someone takes a stand. Thanks Mitchell! At least in a little S.D. city East of the Missouri, the fighter still remains!
Click here to read more on the movement.