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  1. Socrates
    July 5, 2009

    The situation in Ft. Worth is such that it could have serious consequences for the Dallas/Ft. Worth conference center/s. I therefore sent the mayor of Ft. Worth and the council people the following letter today:

    Dear Mr. Moncrief, Mayor of Ft. Worth,

    It’s with some relief that I read your statements. If only we had more people like you in Texas. However, if things do not get resolved soon with the aftermath of the attack on gay people at the Rainbow Lounge, I fear that a lot of professional organizations in the U.S. may call for a boycott of any conferences and conventions in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

    I tried to upload my letter to the blog of the FW Star Telegram, but they want to know so many details, incl. my age and full address, that I decided not to make myself vulnerable and, instead, uploaded my letter to various blogs in the US.

    To be fair, I am sending you both my “Editorial” and the original “Editorial” of the FW Star Telegram, identical documents, except that I added the Jewish references. And to support you in your work, I am sending a copy of this correspondence to the Ft. Worth police department, to your Council colleagues, including Joel Burns (you may already have listened to some of the vicious tel. messages he receives, messages which only support a boycott of the Dallas/Fr. Worth area as conference center), and, by separate mail, to the American Civil Liberties Union.

    I am confident that you and the people of the Ft. Worth/Dallas area will work together to root out homophobia and help your fellow Texans to learn to respect people as people. Feel free to share my letter below with those colleagues who care about the well being of ALL citizens in your area.

    Kind regards,

    Socrates Socratis

    TEXAS WOULD NOT DARE TO ATTACK JEWISH PATRONS IN A JEWISH LOUNGE, BUT GAYS …?

    Replace the label GAY with the label JEW and the entire western world would be in an uproar. One Jewish organization after another would threaten a boycott of Dallas/Fort Worth as conference centers for professional organizations (physicians, lawyers, teachers, librarians, etc.).

    And what do we get? No apology from the police chief and a lecture from the local newspaper, the fairly influential FW Star Telegram. By throwing in a few crumbs, the Public Relations Dept. knows only too well that time will probably work in their favor with gay people being grateful that a little education program may get started some time in the future, and then it’s back to a subtler form of homophobia.

    The local press has much to answer for. Imagine the following editorial in the Star Telegram:

    “The Police Department informed THE STAR OF DAVID Lounge management in advance that an inspection would take place the night of PASSOVER. Why didn’t the managers educate the officers about the date’s significance? That’s need-to-know information for uniformed law enforcement officers showing up at a JEWISH bar on that date.

    It’s also need-to-know for any JEWISH bar patron that laying a hand on a police officer will result in a quick trip to jail.

    Drinking to the point of intoxication is a crime even in a bar. Officers tasked with enforcing alcohol laws must make sure local and state statutes are observed regardless of the date on the calendar, PASSOVER OR NO PASSOVER. The residents of Fort Worth who share the streets with bar patrons throughout the city expect as much.

    Law enforcement officers also must follow agency procedures to make sure inspections are conducted professionally and legally.

    Why would a police supervisor, six officers and two TABC agents knowingly risk their own careers, the reputations of their departments and a public relations nightmare WITH THE JEWISH COMMUNITY by engaging in targeted or overly aggressive enforcement against a RELIGIOUS minority group? We’re not sure they would, but as we said, there are more questions than answers at this point.”

    Excuse me while I go throw up my breakfast–INDEED.

    For the original editorial from the Star Ledger, identical with mine, except for the Jewish references, courtesy of Mark Reed, posted on July 3rd, 2009 at 7:27 am, click here:

    http://www.dallasvoice.com/instant-tea/2009/07/03/letter-from-chief-halstead/#comment-11934

    From today’s editorial section of the Star Telegram:

    “The Police Department informed Rainbow Lounge management in advance that an inspection would take place that night. Why didn’t the managers educate the officers about the date’s significance? That’s need-to-know information for uniformed law enforcement officers showing up at a gay bar on that date.

    It’s also need-to-know for any bar patron that laying a hand on a police officer will result in a quick trip to jail.

    Drinking to the point of intoxication is a crime even in a bar. Officers tasked with enforcing alcohol laws must make sure local and state statutes are observed regardless of the date on the calendar. The residents of Fort Worth who share the streets with bar patrons throughout the city expect as much.

    Law enforcement officers also must follow agency procedures to make sure inspections are conducted professionally and legally.

    Why would a police supervisor, six officers and two TABC agents knowingly risk their own careers, the reputations of their departments and a public relations nightmare by engaging in targeted or overly aggressive enforcement against a sexual minority group? We’re not sure they would, but as we said, there are more questions than answers at this point.”

  2. JBoston
    July 6, 2009

    “This practice of charging people without evidence goes against the very foundations of our country’s system of justice”
    However it’s what this country is built on. You can’t deny that! Be proud of our pseudo-fascist society!

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