Monday, October 18, 2010

Court Restrains Affirmative Action Activist for Threatening Prop. 107 Supporter

Court Restrains Affirmative Action Activist for Threatening Prop. 107 Supporter

October 15, 2010

 Court issues restraining order against anti-Prop 107 spokesperson who threatens to assault Ward Connerly.
A Maricopa County Court official today issued a legal restraining order against the spokesperson of the group opposing Proposition 107 after he threatened to physically assault a pro-Prop 107 leader.
Anti-Prop. 107 spokesperson Steve Russell was ordered to stay more than 100 feet away from anti-affirmative action leader Ward Connerly after Russell sent a message threatening to assault Connerly Thursday night.

Proposition 107 would ban race and gender based affirmative action in Arizona. Connerly is nationally known for opposing government race and gender preferences and was participating in a debate on Prop. 107 hosted by the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix. Russell is a spokesperson for ‘Protect Arizona’s Freedom’, the group supporting Arizona’s existing affirmative action programs and opposing Prop. 107.
Russell was not part of the Goldwater debate.

Maricopa County Justice of the Peace Clancy Jayne issued today’s court order after Russell sent out a threatening electronic message late last night following the debate. Russell’s public message on his Twitter account stated that he “would not hesitate to punch connerly (sic) in the face if I saw him…”

At the taping of a televised Secretary of State Town Hall Meeting in September, Russell publicly accused Connerly, who is black, of being financially supported by the Ku Klux Klan during his official Prop. 107 opposition statement.

“Unfortunately, I must take violent threats seriously, especially when they are in the context of other inflammatory rhetoric, such as has been characteristic of Mr. Russell” Connerly stated. “A few affirmative action supporters are quite radical and I have been threatened before. Mr. Russell has attempted to incite hatred against me with his bizarre KKK smears, and now feels compelled to brag about his willingness to assault me physically. I don’t know how stable Steve Russell is. I call on the Mayor of Phoenix, Representative Kirsten Sinema and other high profile public officials who are opposing 107 to condemn Mr. Russell and disassociate themselves from his threats. I have been threatened before and have had a pellet gun fired at my office building because of my stance in favor of the principle of equal treatment for all. No one should be threatened with violence in our nation because of their views."


Article II, Section 36

A. This state shall not grant preferential treatment to or discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education or public contracting.

B. This section does not:

1. Prohibit bona fide qualifications based on sex that are reasonably necessary to the normal operation of public employment, public education or public contracting.

2. Prohibit action that must be taken to establish or maintain eligibility for any Federal program, if ineligibility would result in a loss of Federal monies to the state.

3. Invalidate any court order or consent decree that is in force as of the effective date of this section.

 C. The remedies available for a violation of this section are the same, regardless of the injured party's race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin, as are otherwise available for a violation of the existing antidiscrimination laws of this state.

D. This section shall applies only to the actions that are taken after the effective date of this section.

E. This section is self-executing.

F. For the purposes of this section, "state" includes this state, a city, town or country, a public university, including the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University, a community college district, a school district, a special district or any other political subdivision of the state.


Skunkfeathers said...

The Left accuses the Tea Party of being racist, yet ALL of the violence, and threats of violence, come from...*drum roll*...the LEFT.

Anonymous said...

Leftists will support atrocities. Some will even cheer as mountains of dead bodies form around their ambitions and goals - think soviet Russia - so simple threats are seen as small-ball! No one on the left bats an eyelash at this kind of "bush league" devotion to the greater good.

But who can blame them, right? After all, the left tells us that humans are an ordinary gathering of atoms; no different than your desk or your chair. They are materialists. We're just matter in motion to those folks, we have no minds, souls, or spirits. So threats of violence (and large scale violence) are no big deal to them at all: human life, in their view, is not special in any way. Extinguishing a human life is no different than chopping firewood. These threats don't surprise us at all.

JMK said...

True enough SF.

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JMK said...

That is true also Jacob....(Dialectical) Materialism is part and parcel of the Left's purview, but it's still important to point these out to show how little they live up to their stated "peace and love and tolerance" agenda.

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