Claims that the CHURCH itself did not get involved in the campaign to defeat Proposition 8 are COMPLETELY baseless. This says it all:
“We’ve spoken out on other issues, we’ve spoken out on abortion, we’ve spoken out on those other kinds of things,” said Michael R. Otterson, the managing director of public affairs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the Mormons are formally called, in Salt Lake City. “But we don’t get involved to the degree we did on this.”
If that quote alone doesn’t prove it to you, you are a complete idiot or deluded. But it’s spelled out even better in this New York Times article, Mormons Tipped Scale in Ban on Gay Marriage.
And yes, it is true. So all the SPINNING and HOLLERING and blustering and AVOIDING the actual truth by name-calling and circular logic is for naught, because this IS going to catch up with the LDS Church in a major way.
SACRAMENTO — Less than two weeks before Election Day, the chief strategist behind a ballot measure outlawing same-sex marriage in California called an emergency meeting here.
Frank Schubert was the chief strategist for Proposition 8, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman in California.
“We’re going to lose this campaign if we don’t get more money,” the strategist, Frank Schubert, recalled telling leaders of Protect Marriage, the main group behind the ban.
The campaign issued an urgent appeal, and in a matter of days, it raised more than $5 million, including a $1 million donation from Alan C. Ashton, the grandson of a former president of the Mormon Church. The money allowed the drive to intensify a sharp-elbowed advertising campaign, and support for the measure was catapulted ahead; it ultimately won with 52 percent of the vote.
A vote obtained using fear tactics and ignorance. I’ve heard Mormons echo the same thoughts in the past few days, over and over again. I heard the arguments about “The Church” getting sued if the measure did not pass, and yet NO ONE could ever explain to me how that would occur. Or who would be suing them. The gay people who were all blissfully planning their weddings and finally enjoying the RIGHTS of Americans, as it should have been years ago?
WHAT is the danger in gays being allowed to marry? HOW does this undermine traditional marriage? If gay people marry straight people the outcome is usually FILLED with tragedy and heartache. I have friends that will attest to this.
They don’t want YOUR lifestyle, they want their own. HOW does this threaten you?
Further, I would believe that the Mormon Church is in MORE danger now of losing their tax exempt status than they EVER were before they got behind this very hate-filled, discriminatory vote, and pushed it through.
Gordon B. Hinckley is turning over in his grave, as all the spinning he did to bring the Church into the “mainstream” Christian fold is going to turn out for naught.
Backwards, people, you are GOING backwards.
However, I believe the movement that has been born out of this passing of Proposition 8 is going to be the catalyst in bringing about the kind of change we saw years ago, when Mormons FINALLY allowed blacks to have the priesthood.
Discrimination is discrimination, and the church of “Free Agency” aka The Mormons, has a serious black eye in this regard. Free agency my ass. You have the RIGHT TO CHOOSE WHAT WE TELL YOU TO CHOOSE. That would be more appropriate.
Wake up, right-wing America. The battles you are fighting in your God’s name are not battles of love, but those of hate and divisiveness.
Your right to believe does not include stripping the rights of others. I believe our constitution makes that clear. Until, of course, the constitution is distorted and twisted and turned into something ugly and unrecognizable. Unfortunately, that is the nature of man. Simple concepts of good and love become twisted and ugly in the quest for power.
It is power that causes people to try to prove that they have the ONLY TRUE THING, and everyone else is wrong. I have long believed that there are some people who are content in knowing they don’t have all the answers, and others who must seek and find the one true thing. These people remain seekers their entire lives, and if they settle on an “answer,” they cling to it with desperation and anxiety. Do NOT take away their belief, for it is their life raft, and if they let go, surely they will drown. So they will fight to the death for their right to hold on tight to “the truth.”
I learned a long time ago that the truth means many different things to many different people.
The only complete and utter truth I will stand behind is this one: People make mistakes. Oh, and this one: People do not have all the answers.
Hmm, and maybe this one: Pajama pants are the only apparel worth buying. A few people could probably argue that one, but I think it’s the TRUEST of all of my truths.
In the name of all that’s comfortable,
Props to Dej for pointing me to this article.