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Palmetto Family Alliance Director calls attacks on Massey "a horrible
posted October 16, 2008
To the Editor:
An overwhelming majority of South Carolina voters are alarmed about
special interest groups working to purge religion and values from every
forum of public life. Fortunately, we have steady leadership from
champions like State Senator Shane Massey who make it their top
priority to protect the values we all share.
Recently Shane has been under attack by folks who seem willing to say
nearly anything to remove him from the State Senate. As an
eyewitness to what actually occurred, I am writing to ask readers of
this newspaper not to fall for these vicious and dishonest attacks.
You may have heard about “the Ten Commandments Bill” (actually the
Historical Documents Act), a new law advising local governments how to
Constitutionally display the foundational documents of American history
and law in public.
Liberals are trying to say that when the bill came up in the Senate,
Shane Massey voted “against the Lord’s Prayer.”
This is a horrible distortion.
Here is what actually happened.
An ACLU-friendly legislator inserted what is known as a “poison pill”
into the Ten Commandment Bill. Seeing that, the top pro-family legal
organization in the country, The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), advised
Shane to vote against the poison pill.
And that is exactly what he did.
On the “Ten Commandments Bill,” Shane Massey followed the advice of
ADF, Palmetto Family Alliance (a SC affiliate of Focus on the Family
Action), and the South Carolina Baptist Convention.
You see, South Carolina’s legislation needed to look exactly like a
solid Georgia law that had not been challenged in court. That was so
liberal legislators and special interest groups could not sue, stop the
law, and keep the Ten Commandments out of government buildings.
Here is the hypocrisy: the liberals now accusing Shane of voting
against the Lord’s Prayer are the same exact liberals who were trying
to defeat the Ten Commandments bill!
This is just another dishonest attempt to discredit Shane Massey and
proof positive that his opponents and their Columbia consultants will
say anything to get him out of the State Senate. Shane Massey is
a roadblock to their secularist agenda and they want him gone.
Here is the truth: Shane is a solid conservative and a great legal
mind. The people of Aiken, Edgefield, McCormick and Saluda, as well as
South Carolina’s faith community, are fortunate to have him
note: Oran P. Smith is Executive Director of Palmetto Family Alliance,
an organization working in association with Focus on the Family Action
and Family Research Council Action to defend and strengthen South
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