Christian Coalition declares war on Makepeace 

In a letter mailed to followers this week, the Christian Coalition of Colorado has declared war on Colorado Springs Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace, who stands accused of "[coming] out of the closet to promote her radical homosexual agenda."

In a five-page letter dated Oct. 12, Christian Coalition President Chuck Gosnell begs his supporters to mobilize in opposition to those in authority who are trying to "force affirmation of this unhealthy and even deadly lifestyle on the rest of us."

Makepeace was targeted as the devil's handmaiden because she signed a proclamation in honor of Gay Pride Week in August. Also this year, the mayor signed proclamations honoring the National Day of Prayer and other important days for Christians, but apparently, that doesn't count.

Gosnell, who owns a State Farm Insurance affiliate in Colorado Springs, warns that the proclamation will certainly lead to other, far-more-lethal things, including:

"City-sponsored adoption of children by homosexual couples."

"The teaching of homosexuality as normal to children in public schools."

"Your pastor fined or jailed for speaking out against the homosexual lifestyle."

Of course, Gosnell has no rational basis for these divinations.

But in his letter, Gosnell nonetheless attacks Makepeace and her kind as scurrilous and accuses the mayor of bringing a moral crisis upon the city.

He begs his people to battle the moral crisis brought about by Makepeace's "misguided" political agenda and begs them to not let the "failed ideas of anti-family liberalism tear our great city apart."

Then he begs his supporters to send a whole bunch of money ($200 or more per family, please) to him to "help guarantee final victory on this issue."

Specifically, with the letter, the Christian Coalition has officially launched a campaign called "Restoration 2000: Faith, Family and Freedom." The group apparently wants to knock down the likes of Makepeace by mobilizing thousands of anti-gay people who will bring back "solid family values" by deluging her with hate mail.

Last week's arrest of 39 members of the Sons of Silence Motorcycle Club (six warrants are still outstanding) on illegal-drug and gun charges was a massive coup for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Colorado. It's mind-numbing to imagine what the two ATF agents who went undercover into the Sons of Silence subculture for two years had to do to prove their loyalty before busting its members.

And, it's a good thing that the motorcycle gang -- called such by the ATF and the media -- wasn't being investigated by the Colorado Springs Police Department. After all, our local boys in blue don't define members of traditionally white groups -- such as white supremacists and motorcycle groups -- as gang members at all.

As reported in the Indy back in January, even if groups like the Sons of Silence call themselves gangs, the CSPD opts not to include them in their gang database, which is distributed statewide via the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Rather, our cops like to target minorities as the real gang menace. In fact, nearly 80 percent of the city's 994 identified gang members are black or Hispanic, even though those ethnic groups make up just over 17 percent of the county's population.

CSPD policy defines street gangs as "a group or association of three or more persons who may have a common identifying sign, symbol or name who individually or collectively engage in criminal activity, or as a juvenile commits an act that if committed by an adult would be a criminal act."

But Colorado Springs gang-crime analyst Guy Grace said early this year that those white members of motorcycle gangs or supremacist groups "wouldn't fall under that category" of gangs, because their activities are often based more on a "shared philosophy" than on street crime.

Apparently, the ATF disagrees. Those Sons of Silence members, they allege, weren't just sitting around pondering the superiority of Sartre vs. the merits of Nietzche after all.

Sometimes we media people need to stretch a bit to find a good story angle. But, occasionally, our efforts leave the realm of reality and enter the surreal.

Case in point: a bizarre "news" story about last week's murder-suicide of Rhonda Whitney, Brian Whitney and Jason Tanner that was broadcast last Friday, Oct. 8, on KRDO Channel 13. Tanner had apparently killed the Whitneys in a jealous rage and then turned the gun on himself. Rhonda was eight months pregnant, and the fetus also died.

News director Dave Rose said during a story meeting, the KRDO crew was hashing possible ideas, and someone wondered what might have happened if calls for help had been made right away after the shots had been fired. Could the unborn child have possibly lived?

KRDO reporter Karla Shotts went to great lengths to explore the possibilities of one "what if" after another. Memorial Hospital's maternal-fetal specialist, Dr. Sterling McColgin, was called in to talk about what might have happened if a medical professional, just happened to have come upon the scene of the crime. If a Caesarean section had been performed on the dead woman within 10 minutes of her death, the doctor said, textbooks say that it is possible that the fetus could have survived. He himself had never encountered a situation where this had actually happened. And, of course, it didn't happen this time either. So why the story?

"To tell you the truth, it might have been my idea," Rose said this week. "I thought it was kind of a natural."


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