Friday, November 7, 2008

Very interesting (and disturbing) read about Prop. 8 retaliation

Taken from my cousins', Kandis and Adam's blog:

Did they forget who is spreading the real 'hate' and 'fear' right now? Threatening to harm and kill 'Mormons' and everyone else who supported this ban. This article is so disturbing to say the least.

I'm assuming most of you have heard about this now. It's just so sad they have become so outraged with all of this and are now targeting our Church. Did they forget the other 50% of Californians that also supported this Proposition and probably hundreds of other Churches. Thousands of protesters gathered in front of the LA temple and it is supposed to happen today in front of the SLC temple. Again, WOW.
Protesters at the LA Temple

Jeff Flint, Strategist for the Yes on 8 Campaign said "I am appalled at the level of Mormon-bashing that went on during the Proposition 8 campaign and continues to this day," he said. "If this activity were directed against any other church, if someone put up a website that targeted Jews or Catholics in a similar fashion for the mere act of participating in a political campaign, it would be widely and rightfully condemned."

If anyone of our faith or not of our faith wonders why the Church did get involved with this Political issue, the Church responds by saying...

"Most likely, the election results for these constitutional amendments will not mean an end to the debate over same-sex marriage in this country.

We hope that now and in the future all parties involved in this issue will be well informed and act in a spirit of mutual respect and civility toward those with a different position. No one on any side of the question should be vilified, intimidated, harassed or subject to erroneous information.

It is important to understand that this issue for the Church has always been about the sacred and divine institution of marriage — a union between a man and a woman.

Allegations of bigotry or persecution made against the Church were and are simply wrong. The Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage neither constitutes nor condones any kind of hostility toward gays and lesbians. Even more, the Church does not object to rights for same-sex couples regarding hospitalization and medical care, fair housing and employment rights, or probate rights, so long as these do not infringe on the integrity of the traditional family or the constitutional rights of churches.

Some, however, have mistakenly asserted that churches should not ever be involved in politics when moral issues are involved. In fact, churches and religious organizations are well within their constitutional rights to speak out and be engaged in the many moral and ethical problems facing society. While the Church does not endorse candidates or platforms, it does reserve the right to speak out on important issues." To read more about their response to the Vote and why they got involved, read here...
Church Responds to Same-Sex Marriage Votes


Jordan said...

Wow, I can't believe that. You are so is disturbing. The end is getting close thats for sure!

Courtney said...

It's a HUGE topic right now in Utah- there were 3000 protesters in Salt Lake last week. There were quotes in the newspaper from "practicing mormons" condeming the actions and involvement of the church... WOW

The Welker Family said...

First of all, good background music for this post. It's becoming pretty dang scary out there! I just hope and pray that I will know what to do to protect my little girls from all of this evil stuff.

Melissa said...

So ridiculous. I guess it is just too easy to blame everything on the mormons

Lindsey J said...

Hi Emily! I hope you don't mind me commenting on your blog. I just wanted to say that the majority of the gay community (my very nice friends included) do not agree with the behavior of those involved in threats and vandalism.
As for targeting the LDS Church in particular - I assume it is due to the level of church involvement in this particular legislation. It has been said they gave close to 30million dollars and sent countless volunteers to CA to help the bill pass. I think the gay community feels the bill would not have passed without the LDS Church involvement. Of course, it is well within their rights - but it is a very controversial issue and will bring controversy to the doorstep of the Church.
Again, I hope you don't mind me commenting!

Col.Smeag said...

I know this seems like a lot of protesting, but I would caution everyone to not worry too much about it. There were 100,000 protesters during the fight on illegal immigration in Arizona and the laws still stand. As time move on so will these bitter individuals. Those that are vengeful are certainly picking on the wrong church to be vengeful toward. We have endured more hatred and villainy from our own countrymen than any other church in the history of America. Certainly we must be doing something right if they are protesting.

D&C 122:7

Dave B.