Posted: 3:51 pm Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Bill Heath on MLK statue: ‘I hope taxpayers haven’t been duped’ 

By Jim Galloway

On Wednesday, state Sen. Bill Heath, R-Bremen, cast the only opposing vote to HB 1080, a measure to allow the erection of a monument to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the grounds of the state Capitol.

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State Sen. Bill Heath, R-Bremen, confers with Sen. John Albers, R-Roswell, in this AJC file photo from 2012.

Heath doesn’t often gab with members of the press, but he has put out this statement explaining his vote:

“I am not convinced by the language of the bill that the erection of the statue will never cost the taxpayers. Though the bill specifically states private funds must be used in order to erect the statue, it does not expressly exclude …the use of public funds for intellectual property rights.

I am not convinced that granting the state an intellectual property license, as required in the bill, solve the costs concerns. According to an April 18, 2009 article attributed to the Associated Press, a fund-raising foundation paid almost $800,000 to Intellectual Properties Management Inc., a [King] family-run entity, for the placement of [the] monument on the National Mall.

In that article, the fee was called a ‘licensing fee.’ I hope the taxpayers of Georgia haven’t been duped by a bill that has sailed through the General Assembly in less than two weeks.

“With the King family fighting over the sale of Dr. King’s Bible and Nobel Peace prize, I am not comfortable with erecting the [statue] on state property at this time.

“I have not received one request from my district to support such a measure. On the other hand, I have had requests not to support it.”

71 comments
Baumer_1
Baumer_1

After thinking on this for a day now...I think there is a better way to honor MLK than erecting a monument of his image.


How about the state government honor MLK by restoring civil rights and the equality of opportunity to the People of GA?


You know, repeal the oppressive voter id law, the oppressive driver's license require documentation laws, expand access to affordable healthcare, do something to improve our education system, etc. 

mrob
mrob

“I have not received one request from my district to support such a measure. On the other hand, I have had requests not to support it.”

If we search his voting / district record, we will fine that there are some requests that his district did not support that he in fact did support.


Does his district support expanding medical care for all Georgian? Did he go into his district to take a vote on how the "wrong Deal" willing to eliminate rural hospital, and what about the new car tag tax, did he vote on that bill that his district didn't agreed too.? What about concealed weapons in school and in the church, do his district support that measure that his dangerous party are willingly enact and pass?


Just asking..........


Please beware of dangerous lawmakers.


Red states are dangerous states with lawmakers equally dangerous to enact dangerous laws to drive home a point to exhibit conservatism--mrob

Tincup
Tincup

From reading and participating in AJC blogs for years, I've come to one conclusion:  Georgia must start teaching Critical Thinking in the public schools!

Tincup
Tincup

I certainly agree that the statue would be an appropriate recognition for Martin Luther King;  but must agree that a fee should not be paid to the kids for honoring their father.  

Jke
Jke

As Bugs Bunny would say, "What a maroon." Certainly a popular position in his neck of the backwoods. Why not just be truthful and say you were raised that way and just can't help yourself?

Stuffy
Stuffy

“I have not received one request from my district to support such a measure. On the other hand, I have had requests not to support it.”


Too funny! Of course you haven't received any requests in support from YOUR district, senator. I expect no more and no more less from that constituency. lololol.......

Stuffy
Stuffy

He actually makes some good points about dealing with the King family. They are determined to make every buck they can off of dear old Dad's legacy but the following statement  is hilarious:


“I have not received one request from my district to support such a measure. On the other hand, I have had requests not to support it.”


Too funny! Of course you haven't received any requests in support from YOUR district, senator. I expect no more and no more less from that constituency. lololol.......

nick1234
nick1234

Um the statue is being built with private money. The Senator, however, is making this up as an excuse to oppose the bill. Since I live in his district I did kindly contact him so he could have at least one request to support the measure.

Obama-is-The-Anti-Christ
Obama-is-The-Anti-Christ

Only ELECTED officials significant to Georgia's history should be honored on the grounds of the statehouse.

Place the MLK statue in Piedmont Park or somewhere else. Georgia was the first state to honor his birthday as a holiday. A portrait hangs in the statehouse. Streets all over the state bear his name.

Enough already ! 

EdUktr
EdUktr

No disrespect intended—but is this whole King monument thing really about sending even more taxpayer cash to his feuding family?



Bernie31
Bernie31

Spoke with the ACLU today....they said they are ready for DEAL Dough's Signing....They are going to bring the Batteries for the State Legislators. It was conveyed they are going to to get a history lesson in Constitutional Law. Its going to be a Very Expensive History Lesson too....Very expensive.

Why are GOOBERS so STUPID?

Kamchak
Kamchak

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/13/new-mexico-wiccans-sue-city-saying-ten-commandments-monument-is-unconstitutional/


A group of adherents to the Wiccan faith sued the city of Bloomfield, NM alleging that a 3,000-pound monument to the Ten Commandments from the Old Testament of the Christian Bible on the grounds of the town’s City Hall is unconstitutional.

The Albuquerque Journal‘s Olivier Uyttebrouck reported that the pagan group is contesting the monument in that it amounts to a state endorsement of religion, which violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Jane Felix, spiritual leader of the Bloomfield-area Wiccan group told the Journal, “In my opinion, it says that anybody who doesn’t agree with this monument on city grounds is an outsider. It has no place on City Hall property.”

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

Who paid for all those white male statues clogging up the capitol grounds? 

iseestupidpeople
iseestupidpeople

Wonder if libs ever stopped to think that MLK was a preacher from the south that taught self respect and equal treatment as well as personal responsibility.

The fact the he was a preacher should have been enough for you guys to oppose a monument to him at the capital.

The fact that he actually spoke thankful words of phrase toward God on the capital steps should have gotten him banned altogether that is if we apply your lib thoughts toward God and government.

Bernie31
Bernie31

Being that the Car (White 2 Door Mustang) of the Assassin James Earl Ray who admitted and convicted for the Death and Killing of  Dr. Martin Luther King, JR. was found Parked at the Rear entrance Back DOOR of the Gold Dome - The Georgia State Capital Building, in a Parking space clearly marked as reserved for State Legislators back in 1968. For ME that reason alone is enough of a reason for ALL of You Clowns to pay for the WHOLE Kit and Kaboodle. I am still not convinced that Everyone in Office at that time had clean Hands.

Surely this is a matter Our Heavenly Father has already meted out punishment and resolved. No one ever explained to any one within or out of the Black Community as to Why this Car would be parked where it was found? Very strange...but expected as well. The way things were during that Time, Governor Deal would have fit right and felt right at HOME with the many avowed and openly claimed Racists and segregationists. Unfortunately Governor Deal's views have NOT Changed. You can see it in his EYES! The Eyes Never Lie....

uh...huh

iseestupidpeople
iseestupidpeople

I don't understand why we as Americans, have to pay anyone in order commemorate historical figures.

Wasn't the Dr fighting for the people ? For the poor ?

A monument is intended to honor a person, if the families don't want them honored without a "fee" being paid then we should inform the family and other interested parties that we will not honor them at all.

That's like a firefighter charging a fee to the county before they give a medal

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@Tincup  


We can't have that.  If these kids start thinking critically they will question the powers that be. Then the GOP and the church will not be safe and we will have a bunch of atheist long-hairs running around having recreational sex and smoking dope.


Sounds like paradise to me.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Stuffy - More then Half of them cannot read and those that can have a Reading Comprehension Level of a 9th grader. How Do We know? For they Voted for this Clown.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Obama-is-The-Anti-Christ - Satan be Gone...Get Behind All of US...You have worked Your Magic this Legislation session already. The Poor will go without Help and assistance. Freedom restricted from the Women and those who are in need of State assistance are Drug USERS....are you not Happy enough with that out come or do you require the spilling of MORE BLOOD?

iseestupidpeople
iseestupidpeople

Kam,

Your back door logic will not get to me this time.

Everyone of you anitGod libs argue like crazy about separation of church and state. Then you change your position on a preacher who professed God from the halls of government.

Your entire basis of life is to oppose anything Godly being ever so connected to anything government.

You can't even admit in your constitution qouting post that if MLK were white his upbringing life and cause would have caused you to oppose him as he would look like a Christian do gooder thumping his bible at you anti God libs. You would be pounding the constitution in your opposition to him. But he was black so you set aside your base beliefs and call his mission by another name, one that allows you to excuse your core anti religion thoughts, so you can be politically correct in your support of what you normally oppose.

iseestupidpeople
iseestupidpeople

The point of this story shows who the stupid ones are. You finally get a white republican governor to go all in on a monument that honors a black person and the libs and atheist don't want that either.

You guys are perpetual victims who think everyone lives their lives to get you. In the mean time you work tirelessly to deny me of my rights.

Y'all are very conflicted people

iseestupidpeople
iseestupidpeople

I would bet that would be the white male government that controlled everything then. Just like you see Indian monuments on reservations and MLK monuments at black colleges.

Duh, the people in power control the monuments. You want to guess who was the first president to authorize the MLK monument in Washington ? Uh a white guy !

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Ralph-43  -
LOL!  that  was good a Question? but you will not get a Logical response from this crowd. They are still Licking their wounds from the WHUPPING General Sheraman gave their Great,Great ,Great PAPPY's and Great, Great, great, great , great Grand Pappy"S.

By the way....HERITAGE.....FREEDOM.

uh...huh


Baumer_1
Baumer_1

No, she isn't very sharp. She has also never heard of the establishment clause.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@iseestupidpeople - Surely You are a member of the Georgia Taliban Republican Party. If you are not a worshipper of their Religion Off with Your Head at the Soccer Stadium attended by ALL. So when are you guys starting State Executions at the NEW 1.5 BILLION Dollar Football Stadium?

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

Yeah, but in right-wing market-fundamentalist America everything is for sale.

mrob
mrob

@Bernie31 @Obama-is-The-Anti-Christ


@Bernie31, I agree with you 100%. However, Moses and Pharaoh didn't get alone and in fact, they had different vision for GOD people interest.


GOD want his people to be FREE and Pharaoh didn't. Satan is a piece of work that only GOD have the power to eliminate and all it takes is his people voice to be heard.


Lets mobilized the get out to vote too eliminate waste and dangerous politicians. 


Red states are dangerous states with lawmakers equally dangerous to enact dangerous laws to drive home a point to exhibit conservatism--mrob

Kamchak
Kamchak

Everyone of you anitGod libs argue like crazy about separation of church and state. 


Now you've moved the goalposts from, "a monument that honors a black person" to separation of church and state.based on posts about a monument to the ten commandments and not a person.


You can't even admit in your constitution qouting[sic] post...


I made no post "qouting[sic] the constitution".

Perhaps you should respond to what I actually post rather than the sh*t you just make up and wish I had posted.

Just suggestin'.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@iseestupidpeople - This is suppose to make ALL of US so happy and say YASSUM BOSSMAN...Dat is Mighty White of YEW to thank BOUT us like DAT.

Maybe we kin git Kasim to do a Soft shoe for ya'll good white folks and Herman to sang and grin fer ya too! ya like dat a one don't YOU?

Never mind the Fact He hates The Poor & Needy and Hope they all DIE...Quickly!

uh..huh

Kamchak
Kamchak

You finally get a white republican governor to go all in on a monument that honors a black person and the libs and atheist don't want that either.

Which "libs and atheist" here have expressed that they don't want "a monument that honors a black person"?

Please be specific and provide quotes that proves this assertion.

mrob
mrob

@iseestupidpeople


Yea! A white with GOOD sense during that moment to honor King to represent America for all Americans and the world.



Red states are dangerous states with lawmakers equally dangerous to enact dangerous laws to drive home a point to exhibit conservatism--mrob



iseestupidpeople
iseestupidpeople

By the way you quote stuff that was never in the constitution, it was interrupted through the years and has since been accepted as law.

Please state your facts correctly please. Everything you are saying is based on 200 years of interpretations of one document.

iseestupidpeople
iseestupidpeople

Wonder if you constitutionalist would have argued what the constitution said 200 years ago ?

Then it was pro slavery and anti women, humm it must have been wrong, huh ?

iseestupidpeople
iseestupidpeople

By the way the person who pushed the Falcons stadium was a black democrat

iseestupidpeople
iseestupidpeople

As long as we don't mention God you idiot libs will have no problem with any of that.

iseestupidpeople
iseestupidpeople

Typical name caller. Try a real response if have one that makes sense.

He was a preacher who professed god on the steps of the capital and almost every courthouse lawn in the south.

Now do the right thing and oppose him. Or are your morals and standards that selective ?

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

You must mean interpreted. Not my fault you failed con law.

Btw, the constitution is the result of thousands of years of theory and months of compromise. You have no problem telling others to read, why don't you do us all a favor and educate yourself. It is overly clear you are just another teatard who thinks they know everything because you read a sean hannity book. You didn't even get the lemon test (see Lemon v Kurtzman) comment I made...which is a reference.

Talking, well communicating, with people like you is infuriating. ..because you burn the constitution and wrap yourself in the flag. You do not even respect the US enough to study. And it is unfortunate. I retired from academia yeats ago, but one never really gets out of the habit of grading. Your comments would have been enough for me to suggest you consider a line of study less complicated than political science/government. You aren't getting it.

That doesn't mean quit. You are just very far behind. Part of me laughs at how little you understand, the other cries for that same reason.

Erecting a religious monument on state grounds is tantamount to the state sponsoring or a religion. The establishment clause is not confined to the establishment of a national religion but to even the use of any religious doctrine to create law...because the use of theological doctrine when establishing law is itself tantamount to the state sponsorship or a religion.

Any first year pre-law student knows this. You don't because you don't study. Don't quit your day job.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

Regardless of what drove him, civil rights are in and of themselves secular.

iseestupidpeople
iseestupidpeople

Wrong again, his Christian beliefs drove him. Try reading a book.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

His christain beliefs have no bearing on this issue. His cause was secular.

iseestupidpeople
iseestupidpeople

And you think I ain't ?

You forgive his Christian beliefs because he spouted your political ones.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@iseestupidpeople - ALL know he was Broke and had No MONEY...too! Just like the rest of US. 2-3 Paychecks from being Homeless.

mrob
mrob

@iseestupidpeople


Red states are dangerous states with lawmakers equally dangerous to enact dangerous laws to drive home a point to exhibit conservatism--mrob

iseestupidpeople
iseestupidpeople

I have to admit you lost me on that stupid statement. A bootlicker kisses everyone's butt right ?

If I were a bootlicker I would be agreeing with the 90% of the libs that r on this blog rather than arguing with you

iseestupidpeople
iseestupidpeople

I knew when I typed it Kam, that you would be the first. Co grads you prove me right again

Kamchak
Kamchak

... you idiot libs...


Typical name caller.

Just sayin'.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

The market fundamentalists are...and tgose that inherited their wealth tend to be

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