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Lenk's public hearing: Pro-family witnesses insulted & harassed by elected officials
Unbelievable. See VIDEOS below!
POSTED: May 2, 2011
On Wednesday, April 27, the 8-member elected Governor's Council (chaired by Lt. Gov. Tim Murray) held its public hearing for Barbara Lenk an openly lesbian appellate judge, who has been nominated to the Supreme Judicial Court. If you couldn't make it, consider yourself lucky. Over the years we've been to some hostile public hearings. But nothing quite like this.
It seemed like something out of the old Soviet Union. Certain views and subject matter were deemed unacceptable for discussion. Specifically, expression of traditional religious values or discussion of homosexual behavior and effects were simply not allowed. The hostility of certain members of the Governor's council toward these values and the people holding them was never far from the surface.
There were really two hearings that day, with two different sets of rules.
(1) Those testifying in favor of Lenk treated well
During the first part of the hearing the people there to support Judge Lenk testified. These included "important people" such as Chief Justice Roderick Ireland of the SJC, Judge Philip Rapoza, chief justice of the Mass. Appeals Court, a college president, an assistant US Attorney, well-known lawyers, and others who were Lenk's colleagues and friends.
Great rules: The "pro-Lenk" people were given as much time as they wanted to speak. They could bring up any subject, even if it was personal or didn't relate to Lenk's qualifications or judicial philosophy. Much of the time was spent with the Council asking them questions about unrelated topics, such as the current state of the probation department or general court issues. But they were treated cordially and respectfully.
(2) Those opposed to Lenk treated badly -- SEE VIDEOS!
After all the "pro" people were finished, the "anti-Lenk" people were allowed to testify, about 8 in all who were still there (around mid-afternoon).
The rules were drastically changed: (1) A 5-minute limit on testimony was imposed, and a timer was set up. (2) Only topics that were pertinent to Lenk's qualifications or judicial philosophy were allowed, and that was enforced by Lt. Gov. Murray, who was chairing the meeting. (3) Discussion of moral and religious values and homosexuality was considered off limits. And (4) the Councillors felt free to confront, insult, and question the motives of the pro-family witnesses.
After the testimony: Lenk dodges questions from the Council
After the testimony there was a short break and Lenk came forward and took questions from the Council. (Thanks to ComFlm Press for providing that video.) There were some tough questions, but they were politely put. And Lenk was never asked about the "Falsettos" issue - none of the Councilors had the nerve to do it.
If Lenk is this cagey and disconnected from the people at her hearing then what will it be like when she's a Justice?
This should all scare you
All of this, including the hostility by members of the Council against people with normal, traditional values, should frighten and anger you. It was unprecedented. This could be the beginning of an eventual ban on moral and religious expression. More and more politicians (and judges) see serious Christians and Jews as less than human because of their "backwards" and "intolerant" beliefs. We only need to look to Europe to see where that leads.