Anti-Gay Mailer Sparks Controversy At Post Office

By: Eric Lupher Email
By: Eric Lupher Email

Colorado Springs - A local non-profit that opposes gays in the military says the U.S. Postal Service refused to give it a reduced postal rate.

The Family Research Institute wanted to express its concerns about gays in the military in a bulk newsletter to be mailed out. FRI says local postal officials refused to mail out the newsletter because they deemed the content "obscene" and "incited force-able resistance against the government." after a routine check of the mail before it was authorized to be sent out. However, Ron Perry with U.S. Postal Service community relations claims local post office officials never refused to mail it out, they just wouldn't mail it at a reduced non-profit bulk rate because they believed it violated guidelines stated in the Domestic Mail Manual for obscene content. "We have mailing standards that we have to uphold," said Perry

The four-page newsletter includes research and an interview with a female enlistee recalling her experiences with homosexuals in basic training.

The Family Research Institute says the content was acceptable and the postal service violated its freedom of speech.

"We're Americans,” said FRI Chairman Dr. Paul Cameron. “Where does the post office get off enforcing Obama's rules and thinking, on us, because we disagree with them."

Local postal officials sent the newsletter to Washington for review. Wednesday morning, the United States Postal Service Pricing and Classifications board overruled the local interpretation that the newsletter violated guidelines for a non-profit bulk mailing rate. FRI will now be allowed to mail out their newsletter at a non-profit rate, which is 3 cents less than the standard mailing rate.

For more information on the Family Research Institute and to read the newsletter that was in question, click on the link below.

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  • by johnny Location: florissant on May 10, 2010 at 08:34 AM
    This is about freedom of speech, not wheather you think it's ok to be gay or strait.
  • by Anon Location: New York on Mar 20, 2010 at 04:58 PM
    "even if it is a part you can twist around to make it fit you..." isn't that what just about every modern "Christian" does? just look at Leviticus for a start- plenty of people cite it when it comes to homosexuality, but they shave and wear clothes made of more than one kind of fabric. who decides which rules to follow, and which are outdated and unnecessary?
  • by Krystal on Mar 20, 2010 at 09:36 AM
    Thank you Betty! We must continue to spread the gospel no matter the opposition we will surely encounter. As for "Come on", we are Christians, not christers. And since it appears you are reading at least a little bit of the bible, even if it is a part you can twist around to make it fit you, let me help you out. Those of us who are true Christians are not out protesting. Our call is to come alongside these people and help them to see there is a better way. So although I have just been judged as a "christer" by you, I am not to judge you as an unbeliever. So I'm really not sure who has done the judging here, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't me.
  • by Anon Location: New York on Mar 20, 2010 at 05:51 AM
    Mel, crack open a dictionary and find "sarcasm"
  • by Mel Location: Northern Seattle on Mar 19, 2010 at 08:13 PM
    not have preferential rights. Posted by: Anonymous on Mar 18, 2010 at 07:42 PM He/she is absolutely correct. Posted by: Kay Location: MD on Mar 18, 2010 at 04:01 PM Not worthy of a response, beyond this. Dear Mohos: I found the following which seems to easily define your level of function. Take your pick. When combined with the word “verde”, you appear to be either green mold or just a language revisionist/aberrationist, trying to be cool with “a new lingo”. Without water all molds decompose, as may you. If you question this, check out the following site: Dear Come on: Not worthy of a response, beyond this. Yours Truly, Jose Imanas, M.D., Ph.D.(bogus name, real credentials)
  • by Mel Location: Northern Seattle on Mar 19, 2010 at 08:13 PM
    I have had hundreds under my command, with a “questionable background”. Through experience and contact, one learns to trust the heart of their mates. Those mentioned above have few delusions about where they are going and what is important. I would trust those whom I know, long before I would trust your betraying hearts. Truly, they will get the job done. You would simply whine and try to get a transferred to a unit that was sympathetic to your demented mind. I could care less about your private time. Personal life and job life are 2 different things. Try to stuff you ideology down my throat and you risk repercussion. Try to change the law so that my kid gets it stuffed down his throat at school; you face repercussion. Do what you want on your own time, but don't even think about tampering with my time! Most of my gay friends are very respectful of my space as am I of theirs. If you do not understand this, continue your pitiful lament about how abused you are, because you do
  • by Mel Location: Northern Seattle on Mar 19, 2010 at 08:13 PM
    doctor (once a year for a physical). My optometrist also has a gay surcharge that they pass along to insurance. Fortunately, though, my dentist charges heterosexuals, homosexuals, bisexuals, transgendered individuals, and asexuals the same rate. ", you gotta be kidding! There is a surcharge for your persuasion? Ok, I know you are not, but I have never heard of such a choker. Routine testing for "endemic diseases" is one thing, but a surcharge?!!! Yes, this is wrong. It would be most tempting to kick his/her a… Hello J.M. I side with the NCO, who is profoundly pragmatic. "You do the job, you be the man". He is to be commended. See Dear Tom. Often it is felt that to be a Christian is to be a patsy. Please reconsider. Not all Christians will accept your agenda peacefully. Are you willing to die for your belief? I am/We are. Dear Tom and Matt Gordon M.D. It is apparent that you have never served in combat. In my unit I have no problem with rapists, murderers and thieves
  • by Mel Location: Northern Seattle on Mar 19, 2010 at 08:13 PM
    A true Christian does not judge the man, only the sin. God loves all, no matter the persuasion. He still judges the sin. You can't change it or refute it. The sinner can make any claim/exclamation/prophecy he wants, but when the chips are down and "that Day comes", it will not matter what you think about God. He is, He was and He will always be. Only a fool thinks he can comprehend the mind of God, let alone judge Him. There are many around who fit this description. They rant and rave, but are lonely and continue to try to justify their rejection of Him. In Him is a peace untold. They love to "Flame" because they have no logical rebuttal. They are totally afraid to actually approach Him/pray? For many, this is a fear of judgment. He does not judge those who seek Him, only those who reject Him. Big difference! As to " Posted by: Anon Location: New York on Mar 18, 2010 at 05:11 PM, Krystal is right. As a homosexual, I get charged the gay co-pay every time I go to the
  • by Mel Location: Northern Seattle on Mar 19, 2010 at 08:13 PM
    Go Betty, Go Eric, Go Offutt Airman! After a review of the rhetoric posted on 3/19/10, there is some good and some really bad thinking (occasionally no thinking at all). I may make a response to you, if you have a remote suggestion of intelligence. Many do not and it will so be noted. Though it may be difficult to believe, the U.S. was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. There are many who would desire to change this to suit their own desires, whether or not it is appropriate/suitable/great idea. When one chooses to live on the "dark side" a great effort often follows to justify that position. Usually this comes from guilt, though few would ever admit it. The "soul" of a man inherently knows right from wrong, but when selfish desire rises above that which is a part of man's nature, distortion results. Perversion is the usual result and the following sales pitch that is ALWAYS put forth, in spite of/because of "my personal choice in life", is ALWAYS self justification.
  • by Come on Location: Betty on Mar 19, 2010 at 12:40 PM
    Betty, I'm not a religious person so I may be wrong but isn't a sin a sin (no matter which one)?? Do some sins make God more upset than others? If not...Isn't Gluttony a sin as well? Why aren't the Christers protesting fat people?? Oh that's right....There are quite a few obese ministers out there...So it must be ok with JESUS for them to overeat!! Be careful...Your God warns you not to judge others...Let him do that!! The whole thing is such a CROCK! Just think of how happy we would be if their were no religion!!
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