Further proof that various members of the so-called Religious Right will go to any lengths to force their views on the rest of us comes from The Herald Tribune out of Florida.
The head of the Miami-Dade County Christian Coalition and another man were arrested Friday on charges they falsely certified a petition seeking a referendum that would repeal Miami-Dade County’s gay rights ordinance.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement officers charged Anthony Verdugo Jr., the coalition’s chairman, with one count of false swearing. They also charged Ralph Patterson with unlawful use of a notary commission, said Chip Thullbery, a spokesman for the Polk County State Attorney’s Office. That office was appointed as special prosecutor in the Miami case.
Verdugo and his group are part of Take Back Miami-Dade, which is trying to repeal the portion of a county ordinance that bans discrimination against anyone based on their sexual orientation.
Thullbery said Verdugo lied when he signed paperwork saying he had witnessed people signing the petition.
“It would mean either that the people didn’t sign at all, or they didn’t sign in his presence,” Thullbery said.
Rather than raise enough signatures the legal way, by actually having people sign their petitions, these two jokers decided that they already knew everyone would be in favor of their petition and just made up a bunch of signatures on it. Verdugo’s lawyer defended the men’s actions with the usual religious right loony-tunes claims of Christian persecution.
His attorney, Rosa Armesto, said the arrests were part of an anti-Christian conspiracy.
“Christians are being persecuted in this town by the homosexual mafia who contribute money to the campaign coffers of officials,” she told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “Why are they so afraid of letting the citizens of Dade County vote? It’s very curious that they’ve made these arrests just before the election.”
Homosexual mafia? They have their own mafia now? That’ll add a new twist to the next episode of The Sopranos I’m sure. Apparently these aren’t even the first arrests in this case and the authorities think they may end up arresting a few more people before they’re done. Yes, another shining example of the love, tolerance, and understanding that Jesus taught in the Bible.