Consider this your warning. If you have EVER been offended by anything I have said regarding Proposition 8, you should stop reading now.
My brother-in-law posted a blog about the need for tolerance on both sides in the aftermath of the Prop 8 debate. I agree with him, in that I am personally against illegal forms of protest, (i.e. online hacking of LDS sites, white powdery substances sent to LDS Temples, etc.). I have absolutely NO PROBLEM with protesting in front of temples and churches, boycotting businesses that supported Prop 8, and any other forms of peaceful democratic protests exercised.
(Imagine your best whiny voice here) However, there are some who now feel singled out and they don’t think it’s fair. Boo hoo hoo. (Go back to narrative blog voice now…) From the local community to the 50+ of online blogs I peruse, I hear and read about these crybaby Mormons and their “poor-picked-on-us” mentality.
My feeling is that you can’t bully your way to a Constitutional amendment and then cry the role of the victim. If you want to know why Mormons are the ones being singled out, here is a very simple analysis.
1. Can anybody present a letter signed by the Pope encouraging Catholics to “do all you can to support the proposed constitutional amendment by donating of your means and time to assure that marriage in California is legally defined as being between a man and a woman”? No, but the Mormons can.
2. Did the Catholic Church, or any other church, create a political machination that exposes loopholes to maintain their tax-exempt status while directly overlapping their current ecclesiastical programs and boundaries with voting districts in order to maximize votes on the issue they wanted passed? No, but the Mormons did.
3. Do Catholics have a history of American legislation directed at them regarding marriage definitions and, therefore, makes their participation in marriage discrimination legislation extremely hypocritical? No, but the Mormons do.
4. Did the Catholic governing leadership make congregational assignments to Catholics from out of state to participate in the political systems in California? No, but the Mormons did.
5. Which religion boasted of the most financial donations to the Yes on Prop 8 cause? Mormons are quick to point out that (at best) they only represent 2% of California’s population. True but that 2% raised (depending on the source) 40-50% of the funds for the Yes on Prop 8 campaign and the number may be higher because donators may not have indicated religious affiliation as LDS.
I fully support those who are protesting this injustice. I join with my brother-in-law in saying that I do NOT support the tactics used by the extremists within the protesting groups. However, I fear his message was lost, in that, we need tolerance on both sides and then to allow the democratic processes to work in our country. Just as I ask the world to not identify all Mormons as discriminating Zionist politicians, I also request that all gays not be lumped together with these extremist groups performing illegal activities.
There is an argument that if Prop 8 had not passed, the Yes on 8 campaigners would not be protesting to the same levels that are being done right now. Well, of course they wouldn’t. When all is said and done, it means nothing to them. Why should they protest? Now they just get the self-pat on the back and the “Yay, we stood up for Jesus.”
Contrast that now with homosexual citizens knowing that, day in and day out, they are expected to pay the same taxes as everyone else but not receive the same rights as the rest of the state. Consider now the number of lives and families that will hang in limbo for the next 12-24 months while they wait to find out if their marriages will remain intact or if they will face involuntary divorce forced by “the will of the people.”
The thoughts of “what-if-someone-tried-to-take-away-my-right-to-marry” didn't weight heavily enough upon the minds of 52% of the voters. Whatever happened to “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets” (Matthew 7:12)?
I guess the Golden Rule doesn’t apply to gay people…
I thought about trying to explain the historical role of violent opposition (or the fear of violent opposition) in bringing about social change but decided against it. Not because I doubt the necessity of it but only because it is so inflammatory I can dedicate an entire blog to it later, plus I didn’t want the Wah-Wah Mormonhood to have something else to cry about.
Maybe instead of whining and complaining so much you all should graciously welcome these unbearable amounts of persecution and rejoice “that (you) were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name” (Acts 5:41). “These things remain to overcome through patience, that such may receive a more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, otherwise, a greater condemnation. Amen” (D&C 63:66).
Or you can just shut the hell up…