Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Now that's hyperbole!

A group in Oregon trying to get some of its gay rights laws repealed has been accused of illegal activity in their efforts to rouse support:
The complaint, filed last week by ballot watchdog Ellen Lowe, alleges that Concerned Oregonians is violating the law by soliciting campaign donations while unlawfully promising donors that they are eligible for a "dollar for dollar" political tax credit.

The Secretary of State's office has said that it plans to investigate the complaint.

In response, the twits at Concerned Oregonians compared this accusation of misdeed to a terrorist attack:
Oregon anti-gay activist David Crowe has called an elections complaint against his group "Oregon's Own 9-11" and "an attack within our borders."

Crowe made the remarks in an email to supporters Tuesday in which he fired back at a longtime activist for "clean elections" in Oregon who last week asked Oregon's Secretary of State to investigate Crowe's group "Concerned Oregonians" and another organization for the way they were soliciting funds for a voter initiative to repeal two state LGBT civil rights laws.

"This comparison is incredibly disrespectful not only to the mourning of our nation but to the families of those who died and to those who fought so hard to saves lives at Ground Zero," said John Hummel, Executive Director of Basic Rights Oregon, the state's largest LGBT rights group.

"For David Crowe to compare his own self-inflicted legal troubles to the events of 9/11 is beyond comprehension, purely reprehensible and downright bizarre."

In an e-mail with the subject line "Defaming To Destroy: Oregon's Own 9-11," Crowe complains of a "September Day of Infamy" occasioned by the elections complaint.

How pompous, how self-absorbed, how egotistical, do you have to be to compare criticism of yourself to a terrorist attack on the state?

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