Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Attacks on LDS Institutions in Wake of Prop. 8

Anyone who pays attention to the news since the national elections has heard of the various protests and attacks against institutions connected with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints due to their financial contributions to and support of Proposition 8 in California. This proposition defined marriage as between one man and one woman, and it was supported by a variety of conservative religious groups, including the LDS Church. As a result of the proposition passing the LDS Church has been the most vilified by those supporting homosexual marriage. Recently envelopes have been mailed to various locations connected to the Church with suspicious white powder substances in acts of domestic terrorism. This morning my daughter's school, Syracuse Junior High, was in lock down due to the adjacent LDS seminary being the latest receipient of this "gift of protest." Local police, Hazmat crews, and the FBI are now probing the seminary as students and teachers pursue their educational goals with a cloud of fear hanging over their day.

Regardless of your views on gay marriage, this is hardly the way that Prop. 8 detractors should go about their protests. It will not positively persuade voters to support gay marriage legislation in the future, and it represents the latest expressions of anti-Mormon bigotry. My hope is that the public will speak out against such hate crimes and bigotry, regardless of their political views on gay marriage.


Morning Angel said...

Quite right. Retaliating against the LDS is in gross error, for we know that anti-gay sentiment is not the sole domain of the Mormon church. It also stinks of hypocrisy. How can we claim respect for our safety and civil rights when we do not respect those of others? More harm than help to the cause of GLBT rights is the result. Not all GLBT people, however, are responding in this ilk. Pico at Wild Chihuahuas addresses this issue in his essay, "The Marriage War: Strategy Considerations,"


and, of course, there are others. Hopefully, the voices of reason (on both sides) will prevail. Thank you for adding your voice.

John W. Morehead said...

Thanks for your thoughts and support, Morning Angel.