I usually keep my mouth shut about these things, but not today. As of this morning, Proposition 8 seems to have passed, in what will be known as a historical occasion – one of the few times a law was passed that took away fundamental rights. 45% of the donations supporting it came from Utah, in no small amount because the LDS Church decided to publicly support it, stomping through the boundaries between church and state. The Roman Catholic Church, the union of Orthodox Jews, and many other churches also supported taking rights away. It is no small irony that these churches have all been persecuted in the past, and that can usually never find common ground, could now readily do so persecuting another group of people. However, only the LDS church had the distinction of massively funding the ad campaign supporting discrimination, to the tune of tens of millions of dollars. Today I can’t keep quiet: shame on you, LDS Church.
As a church founded by a group of people that fled persecution, you should know better than to support persecution. Shame on you for fanning irrational fears through your ad campaign, especially since you have had to face irrational fears because of your practice. As a church who waited until 1978 to let black people be full members of your church, you should have realized you are taking an enormous step backwards on your own path. Instead of bringing more people together, you are now denying human beings of fundamental rights.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” As a church that teaches the immeasurable value of family, that forming a family is a fundamental part of the pursuit of Happiness, should know better than deny a couple the right to start their own, simply because they both happen to have penises or vaginas.
Shame on you, LDS Church. You should have known better.
(I’m addressing the LDS Church, and not its members because, as usual, some practitioners have better sense than the organization itself. However, if you supported Prop 8, then I’m talking to you as well.)