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Pious DCF chief has problem with secular stumbles or The Lord works in mysterious ways. Especially in Tallahassee.



 
 
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Old August 8th 04, 03:53 PM
wexwimpy
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Default Pious DCF chief has problem with secular stumbles or The Lord works in mysterious ways. Especially in Tallahassee.

Pious DCF chief has problem with secular stumbles
Published August 8, 2004

I'm shocked. Shocked. And deeply disappointed.

No, not about the cronyism, no-bid trickery and other shenanigans that
apparently have been de rigueur at Dept. Regier.

That's all pretty standard stuff for Tallahassee.

The real outrage in the latest tempest involving the Department of
Children & Families: Who knew Secretary Jerry Regier would pay to see
Elton John?

And Cher?

Is there something you're not telling us, Jerry?

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Liking Elton John and Cher, that is.

It's just that, for a guy who talked a good game of family values and
whose past involvement with fundamentalist Christian groups made some
people uneasy when he got the DCF job two years ago, he seems to have
quite the soft spot for gay-friendly entertainment icons.

If he turns up at a Barbra Streisand or Liza Minnelli gig, Gov. Jeb
Bush might have no choice but to remove him.

Forget lobbyists throwing parties for him, his top assistants jumping
into ethical quicksand and friends getting the inside track on DCF
deals.

That's understandable. After all, temptation lurks everywhere in
bureaucracy and politics, from your local city hall to Washington,
D.C.

But the rank hypocrisy of Regier once putting his name to a religious
essay calling for homosexuality to be banned and then turning up in a
lobbyist's skybox to catch the ever-flamboyant Sir Elton singing
Philadelphia Freedom and Rocket Man is just too much.

Oh well, you know what they say. Hate the sin, love (and tap toes
along with) the sinner.

Perhaps Regier didn't realize that John has lived with his boyfriend,
David Furnish, for 10 years. And that they have even discussed
adopting a child.

Not that they'd be allowed to in Florida, of course.

The state Legislature banned adoptions by gays in the 1970s, and even
though DCF is desperate to downsize its 42,000-child caseload, there's
been no effort to bring Florida law into the 21st century.

Bush and Regier have defended the ban, which has been unsuccessfully
challenged in federal court. Regier goes along with the tired old
thinking that gays simply don't make appropriate parents.

But they apparently do make for a fabulous evening's entertainment.

That Regier says he paid for the tickets in lobbyist Don Yeager's
skybox at the Tallahassee-Leon Civic Center makes it even worse. It
means he put money into the pocket of a sodomite singer.

That doesn't sound too kosher for an evangelical preacher's son who
once said that his Christian university background "prepared me to
approach everything I do from a Biblical standpoint," and who was
involved with the Coalition on Revival, a fundamentalist group that
railed against homosexuality, masturbation and premarital sex.

When Regier came from Oklahoma to take over DCF after the Rilya Wilson
debacle two years ago, his work with the Coalition on Revival
surfaced. He co-chaired a committee that produced an essay titled "The
Christian World View of the Family."

It had some out-there notions for someone who'd be heading a child
welfare agency, including stuff about "biblical spanking," "lovingly
enforced obedience" and "temporary and superficial bruises or welts
that do not constitute child abuse."

But Regier lived that down and went about the business of trying to
right a listing ship, mainly by privatizing many DCF functions per the
governor's orders.

Who knew a man of such conviction and morals would eventually find
himself in trouble for secular stumbles like getting concert tickets
and lavish birthday parties from lobbyists doing business with his
agency?

Who knew Regier's theme song would turn out to be, Don't Let The Sun
Go Down on Me?

The Lord works in mysterious ways. Especially in Tallahassee.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/c...4733828.column

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Old August 8th 04, 04:11 PM
Fern5827
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Default Pious DCF chief has problem with secular stumbles or The Lord works in mysterious ways. Especially in Tallah

Yuk...yuk. Except the taxpayers of FL are out approximately 100M just for the
computer code.

Unconscionable.

And DCF is SECRET. Lots of opportunities for kickbacks, sweetheart deals, etc.

Open records now.


Wex found:

Subject: Pious DCF chief has problem with secular stumbles or The Lord works
in mysterious ways. Especially in Tallah
From: wexwimpy
Date: 8/8/2004 10:53 AM Eastern Daylight Time
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Pious DCF chief has problem with secular stumbles
Published August 8, 2004

I'm shocked. Shocked. And deeply disappointed.

No, not about the cronyism, no-bid trickery and other shenanigans that
apparently have been de rigueur at Dept. Regier.

That's all pretty standard stuff for Tallahassee.

The real outrage in the latest tempest involving the Department of
Children & Families: Who knew Secretary Jerry Regier would pay to see
Elton John?

And Cher?

Is there something you're not telling us, Jerry?

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Liking Elton John and Cher, that is.

It's just that, for a guy who talked a good game of family values and
whose past involvement with fundamentalist Christian groups made some
people uneasy when he got the DCF job two years ago, he seems to have
quite the soft spot for gay-friendly entertainment icons.

If he turns up at a Barbra Streisand or Liza Minnelli gig, Gov. Jeb
Bush might have no choice but to remove him.

Forget lobbyists throwing parties for him, his top assistants jumping
into ethical quicksand and friends getting the inside track on DCF
deals.

That's understandable. After all, temptation lurks everywhere in
bureaucracy and politics, from your local city hall to Washington,
D.C.

But the rank hypocrisy of Regier once putting his name to a religious
essay calling for homosexuality to be banned and then turning up in a
lobbyist's skybox to catch the ever-flamboyant Sir Elton singing
Philadelphia Freedom and Rocket Man is just too much.

Oh well, you know what they say. Hate the sin, love (and tap toes
along with) the sinner.

Perhaps Regier didn't realize that John has lived with his boyfriend,
David Furnish, for 10 years. And that they have even discussed
adopting a child.

Not that they'd be allowed to in Florida, of course.

The state Legislature banned adoptions by gays in the 1970s, and even
though DCF is desperate to downsize its 42,000-child caseload, there's
been no effort to bring Florida law into the 21st century.

Bush and Regier have defended the ban, which has been unsuccessfully
challenged in federal court. Regier goes along with the tired old
thinking that gays simply don't make appropriate parents.

But they apparently do make for a fabulous evening's entertainment.

That Regier says he paid for the tickets in lobbyist Don Yeager's
skybox at the Tallahassee-Leon Civic Center makes it even worse. It
means he put money into the pocket of a sodomite singer.

That doesn't sound too kosher for an evangelical preacher's son who
once said that his Christian university background "prepared me to
approach everything I do from a Biblical standpoint," and who was
involved with the Coalition on Revival, a fundamentalist group that
railed against homosexuality, masturbation and premarital sex.

When Regier came from Oklahoma to take over DCF after the Rilya Wilson
debacle two years ago, his work with the Coalition on Revival
surfaced. He co-chaired a committee that produced an essay titled "The
Christian World View of the Family."

It had some out-there notions for someone who'd be heading a child
welfare agency, including stuff about "biblical spanking," "lovingly
enforced obedience" and "temporary and superficial bruises or welts
that do not constitute child abuse."

But Regier lived that down and went about the business of trying to
right a listing ship, mainly by privatizing many DCF functions per the
governor's orders.

Who knew a man of such conviction and morals would eventually find
himself in trouble for secular stumbles like getting concert tickets
and lavish birthday parties from lobbyists doing business with his
agency?

Who knew Regier's theme song would turn out to be, Don't Let The Sun
Go Down on Me?

The Lord works in mysterious ways. Especially in Tallahassee.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/c...4733828.column

Defend your civil liberties! Get information at http://www.aclu.org, become
a member at http://www.aclu.org/join and get active at
http://www.aclu.org/action.








 




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