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  • Lawyer Faces 'Severe' Actions After Sending Company-Wide Email Calling AIDS The 'Gay Plague'

    It’s never a good idea to send out offensive mass emails to everyone in your company. A Virginia law firm says it has taken “immediate and severe” action against a lawyer who railed against same-sex marriage and called AIDS the “gay plague.”

    walter_kubitz.jpgWalter Kubitz (image, right), a senior lawyer at Becker & Poliakoff, was angry that a federal court recently found Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional, as he doesn’t think there’s a “shred of historical evidence that [the Florida Constitution] … was ever intended to legitimize homosexuality.”

    Citing what he labeled "the gay plague of AIDS" as an example of "reckless trashing of morality," Kubitz sent this email chock full of Bible quotes to everyone at the firm:    

    Subject: New Decision: Same Sex Marriage (Brenner v. Scott)

    Date: Mon, Aug 25, 2014 7:18 AM

    The issue having been raised, permit me the liberty to reply, lest my usual silence be taken as assent.

    Judge Hinkle says that the Florida ban on same-sex marriage violates the 14th Amendment Due Process and Equal Protection clauses. However, there is not a shred of historical evidence that either of those clauses was ever intended to legitimize homosexuality.

    Judge Hinkle and others like-minded have effectively amended the Constitution by judicial fiat. This is a blatant usurpation of power reserved to the States and to the people in violation of the 10th Amendment. The better handling of the issue is as exemplified by Baker v. Nelson, 409 U.S. 810 (1972), in which the U.S. Supreme Court refused to overturn a Minnesota ban on same-sex marriage “for want of a substantial federal question.”

    Adding insult to injury, Judge Hinkle invokes our founding fathers as though they would have approved of his ruling. Not so. In his 1796 farewell address then-president George Washington spoke of morality as being indispensable to our societal well-being.

    Today’s reckless trashing of morality has been damaging on many fronts. For one, there has been a significant increase in sexually transmitted disease over the past few decades, with the gay plague of AIDS being a classic example.

    We would do well to heed the Proverbs 11:21 warning of our ultimate Judge: “Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished.” In other words, popularity does not trump peril.

    Homosexuality, clearly condemned throughout Scripture, is especially perilous in that it tends toward the “reprobate mind” as spoken of in Romans 1:18-32 that makes its participants all the more hardened in their ways. The message to the homosexual, as to all, is “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found . . .” (Isaiah 55:6).

    Wally Kubitz

    It’s unclear if he meant to hit reply all to a staffwide email about the court decision or if the email was supposed to be personal. Regardless, Becker & Poliakoff staff members are “furious.”

    “The email infuriated me,” Ken Direktor, a member of the company’s management committee,” said to the Daily Business Review. “I’ve been here 28 years, and we promote and support a work environment that’s diverse and collegial. An email as divisive as this runs directly contrary to the core values of the firm.”

    Right after the firm received Kubitz’s email, they sent another mass email saying that Kubitz’s email was "reprehensible," and “inappropriate and would not be tolerated.”

     

    Hat Tip: On Top Magazine
    Image by Jamison Wieser via Flickr

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    • commented 2014-09-01 23:51:52 -0400
      Regarding this absurd idea of Human sacrifice

      The “religious” antigays can be as dillusional as they like; but God saying “be as mean as you can be to gays and only gays, or no one gets to heaven” is in no one’s scripture anywhere on earth.

      “God will hate America and all we stand for unless we offer gay human sacrifices? In whatever way can be physically offered”?

      That nonsensical justification is is in NO one’s Bible, Q’uran, or ANYWHERE either.

      If there is a satan, it is surely delighted to see people acting out with such relentless cruelty to complete strangers who ironically no doubt KNOW what “love, no matter what” truly means.

      Enough antigay dillusions, in the name of God!

      There was only ONE “Original Sin” not this alleged “two” that Antigays keep relying on to even steal God from gay people along with every other one of their thefts to date.

      Now that the antigay agenda has been laid out and examined, and all of the off-color punchlines stop being considered a valid basis for law…?

      Look what keeps happening:

      Equality and Justice for More and More Americans, continues to be supported and recognized as right and good and Just.

      Antigays keep failing when put under oath to God Himself.

      NO. GOING. BACKWARDS.

      (especially not to appease a dwindling handful of irrational antigays with a grudge they can’t ever seem to explain without torturing a state constitution/bible verse, first…ENOUGH)

    • commented 2014-09-01 22:01:33 -0400
      Beautifully said Arthur! I get so weary having to spout these explanations over and over, only to fall on (willfully) deaf ears. It’s reassuring to know that others are still spreading the truth in an attempt to educate sheple who have been fed this hate-filled agenda throughout their lives. Every mind opened is a win.

    • commented 2014-09-01 19:54:15 -0400
      Here is yet another reason I am against private interpretation of the Bible. The Bible was never meant to be a popular read for the basic reason that it was written as instructions for leaders. The main argument against this foul fool is that the word homosexual does not appear in any bible before 1954, because the word homosexual was not even invented—as a hybrid word—until 1863. The spurious claims that Romans and Hebrews contain passages against homosexuality are just that, and pathetic attempts to instill hatred. For those not linguistically challenged as Walter Kubitz, a careful reading of both cited texts refer to “exchanging the direction” of the act: where effeminacy was decried as not being the sexual role of the man—but only because such a position was the religious rite of temple prostitutes known as Qadesh/Kadesh who were accepted in ancient civilizations and seen as Sybil soothsayers as depicted by Michelangelo on the Sistine ceiling.

      A mere rough glance of the pontiffs in the Middle Ages shows that more than thirty were openly gay, and this lasted into the Renaissance with Pope Julius II—and beyond to the point of the gay ring in the Vatican that led to the collapse of the pontificate of Benedict XVI. It is obscene to cancel any career because of a misunderstanding of human sexuality, and all religions have gone the route of idiots in assuming that which is different is against their god. The plurality of diversity in all religions, regions, and rites actually attest to the magnificence of theologies that seek to be universal and all encompassing. Kubitz should be removed from a firm for sending out the e-mail as it did distress more serious thinkers and savants.

      The citation of Romans 1:18-23 is out of context, as the text reads: 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things." Homosexuality is not mentioned anywhere; what is opposed is “suppress[ion of] the truth” and a lack of glorifying god. If Kubitz had any true biblical knowledge, he could have pulled out the lie evangelical extremists delight in: Romans 1:24-27, but even here it is the lust in context with other religions that is condemned: “24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.” It was an objection to heterosexuals entering a same-sex reality strictly for lust, Nowhere is the word “homosexual” in the text, and those knowledgeable about various other religions know it was an act of worship as seen in verse 25: “and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator,” Kubitz is a Constantinian Christian (Paulinity) but ignores the warning of Jesus of Matthew 7;1: “Judge not, that you be not judged.” (μη κρινετε ινα μη κριθητε).

    • commented 2014-09-01 19:03:40 -0400
      I’d like to hear the schmuck had to do some sensitivity training and send an apology if he wants to keep his job. If it was personal, he should not be using the company computer to view personal mail, If it was just between him and another employee, that is considered personal and thought/ideas/beliefs like this are inappropriate at work. I can see some time off for these kinds of infractions.

    • commented 2014-09-01 16:07:38 -0400
      Is that it – an email reply is now a serious punishment? Get rid of him – he can always go work for Westboro Church suing picketers and funerals!

    • commented 2014-09-01 14:06:56 -0400
      Stories like this are great because they expose the haters out there. However, it would be great if there would be a follow-up to the story to hear what the repercussions are, if any. Often, I see stories like this and never know what the outcome was because I see no follow-up article.

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