During the Alaska State Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearings for Attorney General Designate Wayne Anthony Ross (pictured at left), a letter from radical feminist author Leah Burton surfaced on Wednesday April 8th, 2009. In the letter, Burton accuses Ross of making a number of so-called "offensive" comments about women and domestic violence at a meeting of a group called DADS back in 1991. The entire letter can be read at the Anchorage Daily News' Alaska Politics blog. KTUU Channel 2 reports that Ross actually got a mostly warm reception from the House Judiciary Committee, which is also holding hearings.
Here's the key excerpt from Burton's letter:
In 1991, the DADS group held an area wide meeting at a Denny's Restaurant in Anchorage near DeBarr & Bragaw. I chose to go and sit in the main area of the restaurant near the opening of the meeting room where they convened so I was able to hear what they had to say and find out what plans they had for the upcoming legislative session.
At that point they still did not know what I looked like so I was able to sit there unnoticed. The meeting was well attended. Steve Strube was the head of the group at that time and another known member, John Grames (who Strube referred to as his Lt.) was also in attendance along with enough other members to fill the room.They were delighted to have Wayne Anthony Ross in attendance as a guest speaker.
Numerous comments were made that were appalling, not the least of which were remarks by Mr. Ross which included the following; "If a guy can't rape his wife...who's he gonna rape?" and "There wouldn't be an issue with domestic violence if women would learn to keep their mouths shut."
Other members made their own contributions such as, "We have the right to discipline our wives and children without the interference of government in our lives!"
These comments were greeted with laughter and affirmative responses by the group. Given the fact that they had referred to me in recent months as a "femi-nazi", the comments I was witness to at this meeting, while abhorrent, were unfortunately not surprising.
O.K., so what? First, this was 1991, when prevailing attitudes about women were a bit more paternalistic than they are now. But then it's a classic tactic of much of the political left to deliberately distort, denigrate, and demonize our history by judging historical events exclusive through current moral perspectives (but they forbid us on the right from being "judgmental"). Second, the so-called "offensive" statements are legitimate points. If marriage automatically implies consent, how can one "rape" his wife? It needs to be called something else other than rape. And what's wrong with disciplining our kids without government interference? Since when does the government have the right to function as a loco parentis? We saw what happened in Texas, when the CPS engaged in a Soviet-style roundup of the FLDS kids based on the allegations of one demented person. But then again, the left believes that government is more qualified to live our lives than we are.
Of course, this is assuming that Wayne Anthony Ross was even present at this meeting. In a letter to state lawmakers, available HERE, Ross claims the only time he was at the Denny's in question was to address the Armed Services YMCA. He also denies knowing Steve Strube and John Grames. He also denies ever uttering the remarks in question, asserting that he finds such sentiments personally abhorrent. Of course, his memory is not exactly precise; after all, these alleged events actually took place 18 years ago, and most people don't remember what they were doing on every single day of their lives unless it was a special occasion. Governor Palin's office has also come to Ross' defense, as her spokeswoman, Sharon Leighow, said Palin asked Ross about it today and he told Palin the claims are absolutely false.
To his credit, Anchorage Daily News reporter Sean Cockerham isn't swallowing Leah Burton's fish story hook, line, and sinker (on April 7th, ADN published an uncharacteristically fair-minded opinion column on Ross, urging that he be judged for his qualifications instead of his ideology). He contacted Burton to find out about substantiation, and Burton told Cockerham that although she does not have a tape of the comments, she claims she made "careful notes" and kept them, along with other materials from her years lobbying on family and children’s issues in Alaska. But Burton has already been caught lying about the nature of DADS, which is actually a fathers' rights group formed to help correct for the pronounced anti-father bias in the domestic violence business and the child custody industry. An entire list of related websites to help victimized fathers and ex-husbands can be found HERE.
Leah Burton is best-known for an anti-Palin screed entitled "Theo-Palinism - The Face of Failed Extremism", written during the 2008 presidential campaign. But thanks to the Conservatives4Palin website, we now know even more about Burton. Burton discusses "Theo-Palinism" HERE, and discusses her history and her occupation as a so-called "life coach" HERE (we Christians already have a "life coach"; His name is Jesus Christ, and He doesn't charge you $500 per hour).
Feminism reeks of negativity; that's why so many women who are feminists are so strident and unpleasant to be around. Feminism is divisive, corrosive, inherently anti-male, blaming men for all the sins of the world, past, present, and future. To paraphrase Christian Zionist Pastor John Hagee, feminism is a form of witchcraft, defining witchcraft as the unrighteous control over people through manipulation and intimidation for the purposes of domination. Read more about the problems of feminism at the Vanguard News Network.