During the November 18, 2010 Council meeting Mr. Angle ask our spokesperson Rev. Mario Martinez "what is the address of your church?" The reverend asked Mr. Angle "what does that have to do with the price of beef sir" Mr. Angle asked "what?” Reverend Martinez said again "what does that have to do with the price of beef, how exactly is that information pertinent to my representation?” Mr. Angle replied "okay, we'll proceed without it.
For those of you out there that perhaps don't understand the issue with the church question, please note that when we first asked Rev. Martinez to be our spokesperson almost three years ago, he expressed that standing up on the Gracedale issue(s) as only he as a member of clergy has, can cause any church that he is labeled affiliated with, unnecessary problems, also known as “Persecution”. Mr. Angle asking this question during the meeting, without providing any rational reason for the question surly presents credibility to the Reverends concerns.
Why would Mr. Angle ask such a question? To the Coalition at least, it is now quite clear, and certainly understandable why the reverend refuses to name any church(s) that he may be affiliated with, or worship at.
It should be noted that Mr. Stoffa held the Reverends credentials in his hands, as did Mr. Gilbert, as well as others on county council, some of which said it was unnecessary to see the document. One can conclude that they trust the reverend is who he claims to be, a member of clergy. Mr. Angle who was publicly given the opportunity has not approached the reverend on the matter.
The Coalition of Alzheimer's Family's would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere apologies to reverend Martinez for putting him in this position. We also want to thank him for believing in our cause, the employee's of Gracedale thank you as well for standing up as you have. And most importantly, all of the residents at Gracedale thank you for caring enough to risk persecution.
Stay tuned...more to come on this meeting.