MRP Committeewoman Candidate ‘Cut From Same Cloth As Agema’

A Houghton County woman running to succeed Terri Lynn LAND as the Michigan Republican Party (MRP’s) national committeewoman said Tuesday she and National Committeeman Dave AGEMA ”are cut from the same cloth” in that they are “true to the party platform and are unapologetic Christians.”
In response to a questionnaire posted on her Facebook page, Mary SEARS said she questions why Republican elected officials “try to undermine the party’s belief system” by considering protections for gays and lesbians in the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

And as far as recent calls for Agema’s resignation due to his perceived insensitive comments regarding the LGBT and Muslim communities, Sears wrote in a post at about 10 a.m., “I feel Dave Agema and I are cut from the same cloth. We both hold true to party platform and are unapologetic Christians.”

The candidacy of the Franklin Township trustee and Vice Chair of the MRP’s 1st Congressional district is attracting statewide attention due to her comments about homosexuality on the Schoolcraft County Republican Party website last March.

In that post she called same-sex relationships a “perversion” that must be “purged” from the party (See “Romney McDaniel Early Frontrunner To Replace Land,” 2/3/14).

“How then can we as Christians stay in a party that adopts Homosexuality into the fabric of the tent,” Sears wrote at the time. “I say we cannot. Homosexuals make up less than one percent of the total population. They must prey on our children to increase their numbers.”

In speaking with MIRS Tuesday, Sears noted the Republican Party platform calls for the protection of the state’s one-man, one-woman definition of marriage and if anyone supports changing it, they should try doing so.

She suspects such a proposal would have trouble passing.

“I can’t imagine that people are getting all that upset about this,” Sears said. “Do you stand for these things or don’t you? As a Christian, this matters to me. Is our party going to throw out its views on social issues or downplay them or give them lip service? If you’re going to do that, for me and other Christians, we won’t stay in the party.”

Sears said media coverage on her March 2013 Facebook post is missing two key points. First of all, as an evangelical Christian, she believes that “with Christ’s saving grace” only those truly repentant will be forgiven by God.

Second, she said she’s being framed as being callous or cold-hearted toward gays and lesbians when that is not the case. As a retired critical care nurse, Sears said she’s held the hands of dying AIDS patients as they passed because family members refused to stand by their loved one’s sides.

“I have a heart for these people . . . I have a love for them. I hate to see people go through this because of their choices in their lives,” she said. “I just believe they need to understand the devastation their choices make. I don’t believe that’s too much to ask.”

Asked to clarify if by “choices” she meant not practicing safe sex or leading a gay lifestyle, in general. She said the latter.

Sears is one of three women seeking to replace Land as national committeewoman this weekend at the MRP’s state committee meeting. Ronna ROMNEY McDANIEL, niece of the 2012 presidential nominee, is viewed as the favorite. Sandra KAHN, most recently the president of the Michigan Federation of Republican Women, is also running (See “3 Now Seeking MRP National Committeewoman,” 2/5/14).

Agema recently made national headlines for comments critical of the LGBT and Muslim communities that spurred many Republican officials to call for this resignation. In his most recent, he accused gay men with AIDS of concocting fake relationships with male employees at American Airlines so they could get health insurance (See “Agema Says Words ‘Twisted,’ Snyder’s Office Calls Them ‘Discriminatory,’” 12/10/13).

Sears said she supports Agema, adding he’s a “wonderful guy” who “believes wholeheartedly in our platform.”

She said if the Republican Party becomes a party where “everything goes” the party will lose its base because there won’t be a philosophical platform for which conservatives can rally behind.

“This is more about principle for me,” she said. “What do we stand for? What are we going to stand for? What is our belief system? Do we honestly believe in our platform because that’s what’s going to take us to victory.”

Source: MIRS-Michigans Independent Source of News and Information

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