By Penny Kelley, Citizen
The Picayune Item
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. —
Why are telemarketers with a personal agenda exempt from the “No Call List”?
I’m on the Mississippi ‘no call list’.
My family and I sat down to dinner last night at 7 p.m. (Oct. 17). At 7:10 p.m., we received a telephone call from a fast-talking, pro-life ‘Christian’ group saying they were call 33,000 Mississippians at the same time and that we were all in a live “town hall meeting” and, if we stayed on the line, we could ask questions. Of course, it turned out to be a pre-recorded call. My dinner got cold while I tried to figure out who was calling and to discover a way to delete my number from their calling list.
In short, I listened to an hour of propaganda encouraging me to vote for Amendment #26 in November. Via my telephone, these people are reaching into my private home—not only to solicit money, but to influence my vote through hate, fear and misrepresentations. They used hate language calling Planned Parenthood “murderers”. They tried to create fear by implying that we need this amendment to prevent human/animal hybrids. They used political name-dropping. Amendment #26 will not get my vote. Neither will the few supporting politicians. I could never support any bill promoted by an organization rude enough to create such a shady, intrusive telephone call. Nor will I ever vote for any politician who doesn’t understand the separation of Church and State or campaigns with a personal agenda and they should not be exempted from the ‘No Call List’.
Imagine how enraged these same people would be if their children received daily pre-recorded calls from other groups with very different opinions and a very different agenda. Don’t call me!
Bay St. Louis