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“Terrorism” at the OR Secretary of State’s Office?

September 12, 2007

Portland, OR – There was a strange twist yesterday after an elections complaint was filed with the Secretary of State about the group trying to erase Oregon's new "fairness laws" that protect gays from some forms of discrimination.

David Crowe, executive director of the group "Restore America," sent an email message to news outlets, referring to the Secretary of State's pending investigation as "Oregon's Own 9-11." Crowe's organization is among those attempting to gather more than 55,000 signatures to put the new laws up for a vote on the November 8 ballot.

John Hummel with Basic Rights Oregon calls the comparison to terrorism bizarre -- and offensive.

"It's disrespectful to those mourning the loss our nation suffered, to the families of those who died, and those who fought so hard to save the lives at Ground Zero."

Crowe's emailed attack reportedly included references to Basic Rights Oregon and the Rev. Dr. Dan Bryant from Eugene, among others. Bryant, who heads the First Christian Church in Eugene, also believes the remarks were inappropriate.

"I think it's an issue of basic decency and civility. To make accusations that your political opponents are engaged in the moral equivalent of terrorism, is simply uncalled for."

The group is collecting signatures in an effort to overturn the laws that will otherwise go into effect on January 1, 2008. The Secretary of State has accepted the campaign donation complaint and plans to investigate.

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OR