Some of the stuff coming from the other side in the post-Prop 8 “discussion,” is just kind of unbelievable. Consider this reprint from the New Yorker on MSNBC:
You might think that an organization that for most of the first of its not yet two centuries of existence was the world’s most notorious proponent of startlingly unconventional forms of wedded bliss would be a little reticent about issuing orders to the rest of humanity specifying exactly who should be legally entitled to marry whom. But no. The Mormon Church—as anyone can attest who has ever answered the doorbell to find a pair of polite, persistent, adolescent “elders” standing on the stoop, tracts in hand—does not count reticence among the cardinal virtues.
That’s the opening sentence! It completely ignores two very plain facts. One, the LDS – rightly – jettisoned their adherence to “unconvential forms of marriage.” Something the gay community just might want to consider. Some of us learn from our mistakes. Secondly, no one “issued orders” to anyone – THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS FUNCTIONED PROPERLY. The only coercion I have seen in this entire thing has been from the left as they used disturbance of the peace, vandalism, threats of violence, and harassment to attempt to force their minority desire on the rest of society.
This year’s headline is that, with the encouragement of their religious leaders, Mormons gave loads of money and man-hours to pass Proposition 8 in California, which banned same-sex marriage in the state. Indeed, they were probably the most organized and consequential force behind the measure’s passage. But in the face of post-election protests outside its temples, the church doesn’t seem to want to take much credit.
Not really. I have never heard a Mormon shrink from their role in all this, rather I have heard people who 1) exercise the wonderful religious virtue of humility in its proper context and fashion; 2) wish to act in unity with others of somewhat different religious persuasions; and 3) recognize that their contribution, while significant, was not determinative.
I can only conclude thot those that lost in this election need someone to blame that is not themselves and so they are lashing out at Mormons as the most readily available and vulnerable target. But when matched up against the facts – simply that 52% of the people of California voted for Propsition 8 – that targeting simply does not hold up. 6, 582,471 votes were cast for Prop 8 – that is a number roughly equivalent to all the Mormons in the United States, and most of them live somewhere besides California.
Frankly, in light of such factually inaccurate claims as these, this whole “blame the Mormons” schtick on the part of the left is starting to look ridiculous. It would be humorous if people were not losing their jobs, being vandalized, and beig threatened.