11.19.2008

I'm on my soap box


Normally I don't use my blog as a political forum - I'm all about crafts and goofiness. However lately I've been feeling so disturbed at the persecution of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints over the Proposition 8 cause. I can't believe this kind of hate is being perpetuated in our day and age of 'enlightenment'. Wow. Sad. I feel as though I need to share some facts that are important. These were taken from a man named Steve Wood:

In the aftermath of the recent election, we (LDS) may find ourselves oddly on the defensive regarding our support for the Yes on Proposition 8 cause. Our young people have been especially subject to mean spirited comments by high school friends and teachers. We have nothing to be ashamed of. We did nothing wrong. In fact, we did everything that a civic minded American can and should do. I have put together a few facts that help me to appreciate our position better.

For example:


1. Mormons make up less than 2% of the population of California . There are approximately 800,000 LDS out of a total population of approximately 34 million.


2. Mormon voters were less than 5% of the yes vote. If one estimates that 250,000 LDS are registered voters (the rest being children), then LDS voters made up 4.6% of the Yes vote and 2.4% of the total Proposition 8 vote.


3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) donated no money to the Yes on 8 campaign. Individual members of the Church were encouraged to support the Yes on 8 efforts and, exercising their constitutional right to free speech, donated whatever they felt like donating.


4. The No on 8 campaign raised more money than the Yes on 8 campaign. Unofficial estimates put No on 8 at $38 million and Yes on 8 at $32 million, making it the most expensive non-presidential election in the country.


5. Advertising messages for the Yes on 8 campaign are based on case law and real-life situations. The No on 8 supporters have insisted that the Yes on 8 messaging is based on lies. Every Yes on 8 claim is supported


6. The majority of our friends and neighbors voted Yes on
Los Angeles County voted in favor of Yes on 8. Ventura County voted in favor of Yes on 8.

7. African Americans overwhelmingly supported Yes on 8. Exit polls show that 70% of Black voters chose Yes on 8. This was interesting because the majority of these voters voted for President-elect Obama. No on 8 supporters had assumed that Obama voters would vote No on 8.


8. The majority of Latino voters voted Yes on 8. Exit polls show that the majority of Latinos supported Yes on 8 and cited religious beliefs (assumed to be primarily Catholic).

9. The Yes on 8 coalition was a broad spectrum of religious organizations. Catholics, Evangelicals, Protestants, Orthodox Jews, Muslims – all supported Yes on 8. It is estimated that there are 10 million Catholics and 10 million Protestants in California . Mormons were a tiny fraction of the population represented by Yes on 8 coalition members.


10. Not all Mormons voted in favor of Proposition 8. Our faith accords that each person be allowed to choose for him or her self. Church leaders have asked members to treat other members with "civility, respect and love," despite their differing views.


11. The Church did not violate the principal of separation of church and state. This principle is derived from the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . .."
The phrase "separation of church and state", which does not appear in the Constitution itself, is generally traced to an 1802 letter by Thomas Jefferson, although it has since been quoted in several opinions handed down by the United States Supreme Court in recent years. The LDS Church is under no obligation to refrain from participating in the political process, to the extent permitted by law. U.S. election law is very clear that Churches may not endorse candidates, but may support issues. The Church has always been very careful on this matter and occasionally (not often) chooses to support causes that it feels to be of a moral nature.

12. Supporters of Proposition 8 did exactly what the Constitution provides for all citizens: they exercised their First Amendment rights to speak out on an issue that concerned them, make contributions to a cause that they support, and then vote in the regular electoral process. For the most part, this seems to have been done in an open, fair, and civil way. Opponents of 8 have accused supporters of being bigots, liars, and worse.


The fact is, we simply did what Americans do–we spoke up, we campaigned, and we voted.

I have to especially stand up for those who voted based upon, if nothing else, that last point. Are we not a democracy? Are we not given the right to voice our opinions on matters that we feel to be of a moral nature? I'm not an Californian, I'm not even an American! But I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and I feel disgusted by those "freedom-fighters" (yeah right) who are openly persecuting our members - especially at their places of worship. Sad, Sad, Sad. I hope they come to their senses soon, and if not - my prayers are with those suffering the persecution. Hang in there - and don't be ashamed for exercising your right to vote. People, when you voted, before, to legalize gay marriage, did we rally at your churches? Did we gather in groups to shout hatred your way? Absolutely not. This time the majority voiced their opinion once more, and we'd appreciate the same courtesy in return. I find it funny that we are being highly to blame for the results of a vote of which we made up only 2%. Huh.

I think that's all the politically charged material I've got up my sleeve :) I hope if you have learned anything from this post that you hadn't known before, then please pass it along. I don't condone hatred towards anyone - for any reason. But when it's against people who are of my faith, I can't be silent. Thanks for indulging me :)

8 comments:

Sarah said...

Thanks Bobbi!
I have been just ILL watching the coverage of this issue. I can't believe the hate towards our church because of this. It doesn't make sense to me either!

My prayers are with the members in California.

Are You Serious! said...

♥ That's been bugging me too! We don't see anyone else being hit like this... It's so crazy!

Erica said...

I fully agree with your opinion on Prop 8. I have cousins in California that volunteered their time to support Yes on prop 8 and am astonished to see the response when it went through. Satan is really working hard to confuse people on basic core principles. How lucky we are to have the gospel and a modern day prophet to put peace in our hearts. I tell my kids that people make bad choices not that they're bad people. It's really hard to keep feeling this way when our sacred places of worship are being actively and maliciously targeted by those whose bad choices are fueling Satan's fires. The hatred expressed by some of those who were against prop 8 is unbelieveable. The people have spoken with their votes. I don't have a problem with people having commitment ceremonies or calling it anything but marriage. We all know that the Proclamation on the Family states that "marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children." In an article from the October Ensign about preparing yourself for marriage, Elder Eric B. Shumway put it perfectly-
"Marriage and family are not human inventions or social constructs evolving from human necessity. They are part of a heavenly order that leads to eternal life and eternal happiness." When did basic human decency fly out the window???

Lynn said...

Thanks Bobbi. I too have been keeping up with the news on this one, and oddly enough.....I smile.

Those who are doing the persecution (those who voted NO on Prop 8) are just showing the world their TRUE colors.

I was SO worried that the results of the vote was WAY too close. That next time it would sway to the side of the No voters.

Now that their true colors are coming through, I feel a little secure in knowing that there are many (because I have read many letters/comments from them in various articles) stating that after witnessing the conduct of those on the No campaign, they now wish they had been on the Yes side.

So Bobbi...thanks for sharing your thoughts on this and taking a stand. We will all continue to take a stand, but in the most Christlike manner. His example and only HIS example will come SHINING through! The world is watching. There are many who now sympathize with the plight of those who are being persecuted. : D

You are awesome!

Sue Q said...

Hello, I'm new to your blog, and I loved this article from Steve Wood. My mother, a California resident, sent me this article a week ago and I wanted to get up and cheer!

The truly sad thing is the persecution is not unique to California. This sickness is spreading across the nation. Here in Medford, Oregon, the temple was paint balled, believe it or not. And last Sunday, a group of protestors met downtown to organize a widespread protest at each of the LDS chapels in the near vicinity. We went to church not knowing this, and thankfully, there weren't enough protestors to warrant the widespread effect they were hoping for, so no one was hurt. (They all quickly dispersed once they realized that the news and media weren't going to put them on camera!)

So nobody can play ostrich and pretend the Prop 8 doesn't affect them. Satan is on the warpath, and we all have to stand up for what is right and true and holy!

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Connie said...

First, I say thank you!!! Second, I must apologize for not being one to stand up and speak out - I AM an American and it took someone else to say what I should have been all along. Thank you for your courage!

Thank you also for being a wonderful example to me! Although I am not a Califorian I certainly have the responsiblity as an American citizen to let others know my opinion on this matter and to support those who did have the priviledge to vote.

Jenn said...

Thank you Bobbi! I have a friend over there in CA right now and her family is renting a house form some people who have chose to be very mean over this issue as if it was 100% there fault that it didn't go the way they thought it should go. And they didn't get to vote becuase they are from Canada and didn't have that right... The irony. Thank you for sharing this. I feel the same.