2008: California could lose lead to gay-friendly Massachusetts? THATS GREAT! / San Diego Union Tribune

The important paragraph from this article is:

“We are working at the cutting edge of biomedical knowledge and we should be as open-minded as possible,” Xanthopoulos said. “Biotechnology companies are supposed to be agile, flexible, creative, innovative and committed to thinking out of the box. All these things don’t line up with Proposition 8. They are exactly to the contrary.”

Being open-minded and the rest of the list of adjectives that is supposed to lead to progress has led instead to out-of-control morality, the worship of whatever is profitable, and the threat of destruction of the pillars of society that really mark a civilization: Honor, Family, Marriage, Truth, Honesty, Self-Control, Discipline, Dedication, Religion, and Safe and Flourishing Children; rather than the empty shell that following our current “elites” in the media, publishing, education, and high-tech industry leaders has brought for us. We are tired of it, and we are reclaiming our civilization.

Gay-friendly Massachusetts? That was done by judges, not the people, as it was in California. You may want to consider Canada or Europe. But the problem with them is that their pseudo-intellectuals took them down the same road two generations ago, and they are athiestic, secular humanistic, post-modernist societies whose economies are collapsing on the burden of paying for a dying civilization. Their birthrates among ethnically-European people are so far below replacement rates that they will disappear within three generations.

The rapidly-growing population in Europe and Canada is the followers of Islam, because of immigration and very high birth rates. My calculation is that they will be implementing Sharia law within 75 years, at which time the secular and gay / lesbian “creative people” will move back to a religious and robust America, because they don’t like Islam’s historical approach to people who are “openminded, agile, flexible, creative, innovative and committed to thinking out of the box”, or to gays and lesbians.

Suggesting to thinking people that becoming more like Massachusetts or Canada or, heaven forbid, Europe is some kind of advantage will have less and less appeal.

See the original of this article on the San Diego Union Tribune website at this link.

Thanks much,

Steve St.Clair
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Proposition 8 would blunt biotech edge, execs say
Calif. could lose lead to gay-friendly Mass.
By Terri Somers
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
October 29, 2008

A group of San Diego biotechnology executives have banded together to oppose Proposition 8, saying the proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage would be bad for business.

Proposition 8, which would overturn a state Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriages, would put California at a competitive disadvantage to Massachusetts, where gay marriage is allowed, said Laurent Fischer, chief executive of Ocera Therapeutics. The Boston/Cambridge area has a dense and thriving cluster of biotechnology companies.

San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area account for more than 50 percent of the world’s biotechnology might. The California biotech industry competes with other regions for funding, employees and companies that bring in millions of dollars annually in revenue and high-paying salaries.

The proposition could be the impetus for people working here to pack up and leave for friendlier environs, said Fischer, who is also chairman of the AIDS Healthcare Network, a Los Angeles nonprofit that provides medical care to AIDS patients around the globe.

“The governor of Massachusetts has made it very clear that he recognizes this is a competitive and lucrative industry and he’d do everything he can to attract companies,” Fischer said. “And this is a sure opportunity for Massachusetts to feature its benefits that are not available in California should Proposition 8 pass.”

In San Diego, biotechnology companies and those that provide services to them employ nearly 40,000 people at 710 companies. Biotechnology is the state’s second largest high-tech industry, generating $73 billion in revenue annually and employing more than 267,000 people.

Companies in other high-paying and globally competitive industries also oppose Proposition 8. They include Silicon Valley giants Google and Apple and San Diego’s Qualcomm, which donated $5,000 to the opposition campaign, according to state records.

“Qualcomm has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s leading employers with a long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion regardless of people’s backgrounds, lifestyles or perspectives,” the company said in a statement. “Qualcomm was one of the first companies to offer same-sex domestic partner benefits to its employees because we believe that no one group should be singled out or be treated differently.”

Proposition 8 has attracted nationwide interest, with some analysts estimating that it will generate more than $30 million in campaign spending.

The San Diego biotechnology executives are trying to persuade the local industry trade group, Biocom, to join in opposing it. Fischer and 21 other executives sent letters to Biocom and their friends and family, outlining how the proposition would hurt California.

“Our industry is vitally important to San Diego and we cannot allow other states become more appealing to our talented work force,” the executives said. “In today’s economy we cannot afford to lose the potential of a single job or company.”

The executives gave the letter to Biocom leaders last week, after the trade group’s policy committee had met to determine which candidates the organization would support in Tuesday’s election. Biocom did not take a stance on any ballot initiatives.

Kleanthis Xanthopoulos, chief executive of Carlsbad-based Regulus Therapeutics and a member of Biocom’s board, acknowledged yesterday that the letter may have been submitted too late for the organization’s official endorsement, but it’s still an important issue.

“We are working at the cutting edge of biomedical knowledge and we should be as open-minded as possible,” Xanthopoulos said. “Biotechnology companies are supposed to be agile, flexible, creative, innovative and committed to thinking out of the box. All these things don’t line up with Proposition 8. They are exactly to the contrary.”

Staff writer Jonathan Sidener contributed to this report.
Terri Somers: (619) 293-2028;
terri.somers@uniontrib.com

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