Proposition 8 HAS TO PASS.
In the days leading up to this election, the "tyranny of tolerance" has included vandalism of property, beatings, and other forms of harassment inflicted upon supporters of Proposition 8.
A new infringement upon religious liberty has been reached.
As explained on Protect Marriage, the newest ad to be released by the No on 8 camp (the No on Prop H8TE group) falsely vilifies the LDS Church. The commercial begins with two men dressed in the likeness of Mormon missionaries. They specifically introduce themselves as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and proceed to ransack the home of a same-sex couple in order to steal their wedding rings, rip up their marriage license, and "take away their rights." They conclude with inquiring about what they should ban next.
This ad is expected to run on MSNBC and CNN.
Thankfully, the Church responded with this statement via Scott Trotter:
“The Church has joined a broad-based coalition in defense of traditional marriage. While we feel this is important to all of society, we have always emphasized that respect be given to those who feel differently on this issue. It is unfortunate that some who oppose this proposition have not given the Church this same courtesy.”
I tarried back and forth about posting the video created by (ironically) the Courage Campaign. I typically do not entertain inaccurate representations of the Church, especially when it is such a blatant lie. Ultimately, I chose to include the ad because it aids me in understanding what is truly at stake. This is not a silly homemade commercial posted on YouTube by a disgruntled (former) member, available mostly to others seeking to degrade the Church and affirm their hatred. This is an ad set to play throughout the entire state of California (where we have 7 temples) on major news stations. The misrepresentation of our Church in this manner can instill fear into the general public about the guiding principles of our church and provoke hostility on our members. Kirtland. Nauvoo. Jackson County. Persecution in these areas was motivated by fear of the Church taking over, which is what this ad states will happen. Running this ad sets a frightening precedent.
I pray the the leadership of No on 8--which includes Senator Dianne Feinstein, Mayor Gavin Newsom (San Francisco), and California Schools Superintendent Jack O'Connell--condemn and pull this ad. I also pray those who are undecided on the matter see this as an indication of the rights we may lose in the future if this proposition does not pass.
I love this gospel and our freedom to love it is at stake. I am beginning to understand more of how Joseph and the early Saints felt and oh! how blessed we have been to live in a time with relatively little persecution. Please pray fervently.