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March 2nd, 2014
Smith honored by Family Research Council


U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith has been presented with a True Blue Award by the Family Research Council, an institutional anchor of the values voter movement.

The award is presented by the organization to congressmen and senators who have “exhibited extraordinary leadership and commitment to the defense of family, faith and freedom.”

“Though often overlooked, America was founded on the values of family, faith and freedom. We should continue to promote these values to ensure that America remains that ‘shining city upon a hill,’” Smith said in a statement. “I thank the Family Research Council for this award and will continue to promote policies that defend life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as our Founders intended.”

Smith, a San Antonio Republican, represents Texas’s 21st Congressional District, which includes about a quarter of Hays County, including more than 14,000 people in San Marcos and more than 5,100 in Buda.

COVER: U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith and other Republican congressmen talk about health care reform in January 2011 following a vote by the U.S. House to repeal the Affordable Care Act. PHOTO VIA FLICKR

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4 thoughts on “Smith honored by Family Research Council

  1. It would be a shameful experience to get an award from the Family Research Council (FRC) which spreads false and denigrating propaganda about gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender persons (LGBT), often siting falsehoods from the discredited faux-academic arm of the group NARTH’s (promoter of rebuked reparative therapy) Journal of Human Sexuality. FRC calls gay people dirty, degenerates and falsely claims they are pedophiles and die young.

    Lamar’s civil right’s record is dismal at best. He votes against women’s rights and he consistently votes against LGBT families and the families of people of color. This is not a man who “exhibited extraordinary leadership and commitment to the defense of family, faith and freedom,” or who is defending life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as our Founders [sic] intended. Smith also said that same-sex marriage would have been opposed by the Founding Fathers. If Smith wants to use such views as truths then he would also have to vote to take away non-land owner’s and women’s rights to vote or reinstate African Americans to slavery.

    I must say to people like Lamar and FRC your rights end where my nose begins. You can worship and believe as you like but you don’t have the right to write your religious beliefs into law to discriminate against others based on your religious beliefs.

    Finally, shame on San Marcos Mercury for giving people like Smith and FRC (who love to hate people who may be different from themselves or may be not so different) a platform that purports them as righteous instead of the self-righteous bigots they reveal themselves to be by their acts. Bless their hearts.

  2. OK, hope all is well. We are just watching some election results and glad I’m sitting on the sidelines.

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