June 3, 2009



Discrimination Isn’t A Bad Word!

Posted by Jim Minnery of the Alaska Family Counsel

Posted: May 27, 2009 – 3:05 pm on Anchorage Daily News Website

Picture this scenario. A man walks into Mad Myrna’s, the gay bar in downtown Anchorage, intending to apply for a recently advertised bartender position. He is wearing a t-shirt that boldly says either Exodus International or Love Won Out, two well-known ministries that provide encouragement and resources to those in the homosexual community who are looking for help to escape what has become a burdensome and conflicting lifestyle.

“I’m sorry,” the Mad Myrna’s General Manager says, “our business caters to those who actually embrace the gay, lesbian, transgendered, bi-sexual and questioning lifestyles. Your t-shirt makes it obvious that you hold a different viewpoint. We can’t, in good conscience, employ someone who is actively and obviously at such odds with the values of this bar. You’ll have to look for employment elsewhere.”

Is this discrimination? If it is, is it a bad thing? More importantly, should it be allowed in the Municipality of Anchorage? As I represent a conservative, pro-family, pro-life organization, it might surprise some that my answer to the last question would be an emphatic “yes.” The owner of Mad Myrna’s has an indisputable First Amendment right to operate their business within the Municipality of Anchorage under the dictates of their own conscience.

Just as another business owner with a differing set of values has the same right to not have to surrender their First Amendment rights at the market gate in operating their Christian bookstore, run their condominium complex or make hiring decisions at their private school.

We have to start having honest dialogue about this effort by those on the Anchorage Assembly who are pushing this agenda as fast as they can before Dan Sullivan takes office. There is simply not any evidence of systemic or even isolated incidences of gays and lesbians being turned down for loans, housing or jobs based on their sexual orientation.

This is about a movement among activists promoting the homosexual legal agenda to persecute and prosecute anyone who won’t be coerced into fully and openly endorsing their agenda. Christians and others of different faiths are now being targeted across the country who decline to endorse, facilitate, or participate in activities that violate their conscience or religious convictions.

That it is happening is not up for debate.

Click HERE to read about a photographer in New Mexico who was sued and found guilty by the New Mexico Human Rights Commission for simply declining to provide services to a lesbian couple who wanted their “commitment ceremony” photographed.

[Click HERE if you would like to read a rebuttal of the new Mexico case that we put together in another article on this site]

If you read this article, you’ll find that this was not a matter of the lesbian couple searching high and low for a business that would take the pictures. It was about a lesbian couple who targeted an individual who wouldn’t do it based on her deeply held and personal convictions.

In another well known case, the Boston Archdiocese was forced to close the doors on its adoption agency, a group that was involved in adoptions for more than 100 years, simply because it could not, in good conscience, abide by the local sexual orientation ordinance that mandated the group adopt children out to gay and lesbian couples. In the end, this is not a civil liberties issue. It is a religious liberties issue. Infringement of those liberties is guaranteed should this ordinance be forced upon the people of Anchorage.

Jim Minnery and his Soul Patch of Morality

Jim Minnery and his Soul Patch of Morality

Jim Minnery of the Alaska Family Council needs to get his facts straightened out.  After checking through the Anchorage Daily News website for this supposed article, I finally found it buried in the ADN blogs. This is not an article backed by the Anchorage Daily News, it is an op-ed, and should be defined as such.  By simply citing his piece as “Posted on ADN,” it neglects to inform readers that it actually falls into the “views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the newspaper” rather than solicited material backed by the paper (otherwise known as “news”).

Next, I called Mad Myrna’s to speak to the General Manager, and see if this scenario had ever taken place.  Surprise, surprise, the answer was “No.”

Jeff Wood, the General Manager at Mad Myrna’s, said that “no one has ever come in at talked to me about this.”  He voiced his vexation at the lies being spread by [Jerry] Prevo and his group.  Wood also stated that “people need to stand up for their rights.”  A sentiment that I can agree whole-heartedly with.

Whether Mr. Minnery believes that business owners, gay or straight, should be able to discriminate against potential employees or not, he should take the time to actually speak to those who run gay-friendly businesses before making assumptions. He might also want to suppress his support of workplace discrimination in these cases, as Mad Myrna’s is not a religious institution with tax exempt status from the government. Would he prefer that bars catering to homosexuals have equal tax exemptions under the law, rather than support equal rights across the board? He refrained from exploring those questions.

And if he can’t believe that there is any empirical evidence that gay and lesbians are ever “turned down for loans, housing or jobs based on sexual orientation, I hope he will be present and willing to listen on June 9th when members of the Anchorage community will give testimony to the discrimination they DO suffer on a regular basis.

Thanks go out to Mr. Wood for taking the time to answer our questions. For more information on Mad Myrnas, check out their website, or head down to 530 E 5th Ave in downtown Anchorage and stop in for a drink.


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