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Sentient, I am embarrassed to say I had forgotten Jim West."James Elton "Jim" West (March 28, 1951 – July 22, 2006) was an American politician. In 2005, while Mayor of Spokane, Washington, he was the target of allegations of the sexual abuse of boys twenty years earlier. These allegations became public after West became a target of a sting operation conducted by his hometown newspaper, theSpokesman Review. Some journalists and academics criticized the paper for what they saw as a form of entrapment. West admitted engaging in homosexual behavior with adults, despite an earlier record of supporting "anti-gay" legislation. Though never charged, he was removed from office by recall in 2005. The Federal Bureau of Investigation eventually closed its investigation and took no action for lack of evidence.
"In 1982, West was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives as aRepublican representing the 6th legislative district. He was elected to the Washington State Senate in 1986 serving until his resignation to become Mayor of Spokane, Washington, in 2003. In the Senate West held the positions of Chairman of the Committee on Health, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and Majority Leader. During his years in the legislature, West developed a record as an opponent of homosexual rights. He supported several "anti-gay" bills, including one that would have banned gays and lesbians from working in schools and day care centers. He unsuccessfully proposed a law banning all sexual activity among unmarried persons under the age of 18. In 1995, when West was a state senator, he advocated the impeachment of Gov.Mike Lowry for alleged sexual harassment.
"He joined the conservative Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Spokane led by Pastor Lonnie Mitchell. He received support there and attended services regularly until his death from complications from cancer on July 22, 2006."
Too often churches are just another place to bring the like-minded hateful together.
Comment by Loren Miller
You know your god is man-made when he hates all the same people you do.
-- from Usenet
Mr. President, thank you! I love and admire you. If you ever need a buddy, here I am. It was nice having you as president - sorry about that 2012 election, and say hi to President Romney in Jan 2013.
This was from Joe.my.god under the heading "silver lining"
Actually I didn't know a sh*t cloud could have a silver lining.... but here it is. To my sisters and brothers in Mississippi, as well as Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, and South Carolina, all I can say is, I feel so bad for you. Been there. Sorry, taking that tour of the South off my bucket list.
One of my friends is a paralegal in North Carolina and she will accept that the law passed because not all the votes have been counted.
My dear friends. Just let me say that your anger is just. Your cause is just. Gay rights are human rights. For us all. Even though I am straight, I will defend you every chance I get, for the most selfish reason of all. I benefit when others rights are defended, and am diminished when they are arbitrarily abrogated in such a way. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy with your obvious pain. You are both in my thoughts. A battle is lost, but the war will continue. Please be well in all things. May peace find you and soothe your troubles.
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