The always colorful Joe Messina is no stranger to controversy, Joe has amassed a large group of dedicated haters in our community who follow him around waging their fingers and attempting to shame him everywhere they possibly can.

But last week we witnessed one of the most hostile attacks of a public local official, and all because Mr. Messina shared a simple post about Focus on the Family’s Bring Your Bible to School Day which was held October 5th and wrote “Exercise your free speech rights .. Dont[sic] be ashamed of who you are… ”

This simple post set off a liberal meltdown in the Santa Clarita Community group which had liberals claiming it is a violation of the constitution and separation of church and state, to out and hostility with one user commenting “F*** off Joe Messina” and another calling Mr. Messina a pig both being clear violations of the group’s rules which states “No personal attacks or threatening of other members” It should also be noted that Saugus Union School District Trustee and democrat activist Julie Olsen is the admin of this group and seems to be condoning the attacks against Messina and/or the idea that students should be free to bring their Bible to school, the latter being a very disturbing position for sitting school board trustee. One user even tagged Mrs. Olsen asking her to weigh in on the subject which she did not.

One of the more embarrassing comments was posted by Ryan Hubbard who wrote, “Has anyone mentioned the hypocrisy of how Joe Messina’s Real Side website where it trashes NFL players for exercising their First Amendment rights in protest in an article written by Betty Arenson. However, god forbid Liberals stop kids from bringing their bibles [sic] to school! So I guess the First Amendment only applies to speech/prayer/protests the “Real Side” agrees with?” Mr. Hubbard should probably reread what he wrote, it is one thing to criticize people for their action or speech it is a completely different thing to attempt deny people their constitutional rights, in this case, Ryan Hubbard admits that liberal do actually want to stop kids from having their freedom to bring their bible to school.

Liberals like Mr. Hubbard don’t understand that the separation of church-state goes both ways, that includes prohibiting the free exercise of their faith “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” This also means that Mr. Messina is free to have his faith and express that in any way he chooses.

Kevin Hannant an outspoken Bryan Caforio supporter posted what appears to be a doctored screenshot of Joe Messina claiming Obama is a Muslim and should be arrested for treason. Pro Tip for Mr. Hannant: If you going to attempt to put the frame on a guy at least use the default Facebook app font.

By far the most amusing part of this whole meltdown were the people that said they would bring a Torah, The Torah is the first five books of the bible and easily the least friendly books to the LGBT community.

  • John Musella

    Interesting that Messina has no problem with kids coming to school to freely express their Christianity on national “Bring your bible to school day,” but apparently takes issue when someone posts that they’re gay on their personal Facebook page on National Coming Out Day. And then Joe actually posts on that gay man’s FB post asking why Italians don’t have their own special day. It was a dumb and insensitive comment by a school board member. LGBTQ youth have the highest suicide rate amongst teens. A high school district board member may want to think twice about the words he uses and the blatant incesativity toward people who don’t conform to your personal beliefs. Young people hear what you say. Words matter. And our youth deserve better.

    • RightOnSCV

      John,

      You are well-respected in this community for your work in the removal of LGBT language from the GOP state platform. This editorial’s purpose was not to defend Mr. Messina but to shine a light on the intolerance of many leftist in town. Screaming about intolerance while displaying intolerant behavior is hypocritical. Religious people do not need to be discriminated against in order for the LGBT community to receive equal treatment under the law. That said we really prefer to keep this place issue-oriented and not personality oriented. Thank you

      • John Musella

        I understand the intent of editorial is to expose hypocrisy from the left. That’s why I provided the comment I did. As a gay Republican, I also find it hypocritical that Messina can publicly defend and promote a christian “coming out” of sorts on school campuses, but in the same week privately takes aim at National Coming Out Day. That’s all.

    • Mike Devlin

      Well said, John

  • Interesting you deleted my comment for disagreeing with John.
    What hypocrisy!

  • Kevin Hannant

    Nice try. Not doctored at all. Messina has publicly admitted that this post was on his Facebook page. Do your homework.

    • Right On SCV

      Mr. Hannant we did our research, that is how we know without a shadow of a doubt you are lying. When this would have happened i.e 2012 the font used for the facebook app would have been Regular Helvetica Neue but the font in your fake screenshot is Bold San Francisco which wasn’t used until iOS 9 and that was not released until 2015. Also, the Facebook App doesn’t use bold for page/group status updates. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_9

    • Mr. Hannant we did our research, that is how we know without a shadow of a doubt you are lying. When this would have happened i.e 2012 the font used for the facebook app would have been Regular Helvetica Neue but the font in your fake screenshot is Bold San Francisco which wasn’t used until iOS 9 and that was not released until 2015. Also, the Facebook App doesn’t use bold for page/group status updates. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_9

      • Kevin Hannant

        Sorry, your ridiculous font explanation is not true. Mr. Messina will tell you that this did appear on his site. His story was that someone who is no longer an associate of his posted this, but it was on his site.

        • We spoke with Mr. Messina and he said that has never appeared on his shows facebook page. Fonts don’t lie and neither do the digital artifacts around the text showing a doctored image.

          • Kevin Hannant

            Clearly Messina has selective memory. The mere fact that you use the words, “appears to be,” is telling. If you wish to continue to slander, that’s your choice.

          • Slander is spoken, Libel is written and nothing we have written is libelous. We believe you should cease posting this fake screenshot.