Now even the LATimes is singling out Mormons as “the target” in the wake of the passage of Prop 8. It is hard to get your arms around this bit of “reporting” but I think this is my favorite bit:
Some have suggested that Mormons might have been eager to cement partnerships with other churches, especially because evangelical voters were particularly distrustful of Romney’s faith.
But Otterson dismissed that possibility. “That kind of thinking would never even factor into the thinking of church leadership,” he said. “The church couldn’t remain silent on a pivotal issue like this.”
How could anyone accuse the Mormons of setting themselves up for this stuff just because of the Romney campaign? Yes, there may be a politically advantageous by-product of all this to a future Mormon presidential candidate, but give me a break here. If nothing else, Mormon history points out that they tend to withdraw when facing this kind of onslaught, not double down.
Which leads me to the fact that what I thought was encouraging yesterday is not. Here we find an anarchist group publicly, but anonymously, admitting to vandalizing a Mormon church. And in Sacramento, we find the churches laying on extra security measures.
You know, hate crime legislation is one of the dumbest ideas in recent legislative history, but I am beginning to wonder if it is not time to invoke it!
Lowell interjects: I challenge anyone to gainsay this portion of the LDS Church’s statement:
“People of faith have been intimidated for simply exercising their democratic rights,” the statement said. “These are not actions that are worthy of the democratic ideals of our nation. The end of a free and fair election should not be the beginning of a hostile response in America.”
Who can disagree with that? The last time I checked the USA was not a banana republic where people face reprisals for voting the “wrong” way, and election outcomes are met with angry crowds and violence.
Speaking of Romney and Pundit Inconsistency . . .
Remember Rod Dreher’s rather silly defense of religious conservatives? The one in which he failed to remember the whole Romny thing? Now he remembers?! Come on Rod, you are trying to have it both ways here . . . .
Lowell again: This part of Dreher’s commentary needs a response:
I find [the attacks on Mormons] sad because the conservative Christians who were all worked up over Romney’s Mormonism earlier this year saw the Mormons carry water for all traditionalist-minded Christians in this Prop 8 fight. And now the Mormons are collectively paying the price for doing what Catholics, Orthodox and Evangelicals ought to have been doing.
I appreciate Dreher’s sympathy but he has this one wrong. The plain fact is, Prop 8 would not have passed without Mormon support. But it would also have failed without Catholic and Evangelical support. All three groups stepped up, big-time, and every one of them was essential to Prob 8′s success. Mormons are being slammed because they were the most visible in the final run-up to the election.