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Today Eureka Springs - tomorrow Fayetteville and Bentonville?

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Last night Tracy and I watched a heart-warming little DVD, “They’re Coming to Your Town,” which reminded me of all those wonderful anti-Communist propaganda films put out in the 1950s. Only this time it’s not commies who are out to corrupt your young.

Well, it could be, I guess - that is, if they are part of the dreaded International Homosexual Conspiracy.

"They're Coming to Your Town"  tells the story of this small Christian oriented community that was invaded - invaded, I say! - by hordes of godless folk in the 1960s and 1970s. Little by little, they stepped out of the closet and wrenched control of this sleepy burg out of the hands of the holy and into the hands of those who worship at the altar of “diversity.”

From the American Family Assivation website:


Residents of the small Arkansas town of Eureka Springs noticed the homosexual community was growing. But they felt no threat. They went about their business as usual. Then, one day, they woke up to discover that their beloved Eureka Springs, a community which was known far and wide as a center for Christian entertainment--had changed. The City Council had been taken over by a small group of homosexual activists.


The Eureka Springs they knew is gone. It is now a national hub for homosexuals. Eureka Springs is becoming the San Francisco of Arkansas. The story of how this happened is told in the new AFA DVD ““They’’re Coming To Your Town.””


One of the first actions of the homosexual controlled City Council was to offer a ““registry”” where homosexuals could register their unofficial ““marriage.”” City Council member Joyce Zeller said the city will now be promoted, not as a Christian resort, but a city ““selling peace, relaxation, history and sex.””

Gee, I dunno. People have been coming to ES and getting married there for years. What do they think people have been doing in those motels all this time?

All in all, “They’re Coming to Your Town” is the sort of one-sided hatchet job you might expect. No one who supports the Domestic Partnership Registry - the cause of all of this panic - gets to sit down and actually talk on camera.

Michael Walsh, the actual author of the Domestic Partnership Registry, is nowhere to be seen.

What are seen are scads of folk who would divide the world between gay and Christian, as if the two shall never meet. Oddly enough, I seem to have met many Christians who are also gay. Well, I guess these folks would shudder at the very notion.

And like the battle over Fayetteville’s Human Dignity Resolution some years ago, the forces of the godly all come across as stern and humorless, which is always good advertising for getting people to join your church. 

A lot of attention is paid to the fact that the forces of goodness were able to force the issue to a vote of the people, after the council voted in favor of the Domestic Partnership Registry, but I must have missed the part where it was voted down. I guess that wasn’t considered newsworthy enough by the makers of the “documentary.”

In  a way it reminds me of the heated council exchanges in Fayetteville at the height of the Human Dignity Resolution battle, when a member of the public got up and looked at Alderman Randy Zurcher (who had brought the resolution forward) and asked:

“Are you a Christian, Mr. Zurcher?”

It looked to be just that sort of war in Eureka.

The end of the documentary end with a warning that folks in Fayetteville and Bentonville are looking to see how well the Registry works in ES, before bringing it forward in their towns.

Well, maybe Fayetteville, though we seem to be even more conservative now than we were when the Human Dignity Resolution was voted down.

But Bentonville?

At this point I realized that if thing does ever show up on TV, the most appropriate venue for it would be the Sci Fi Channel.

rsdrake@nwark.com

 

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