- Gay marriage will be forced down the throats of our school children
- Private businesses will be fined for refusing to do business with perverts
- Our country will, overnight, be transformed into a totalitarian state
- Churches will lose their tax exempt status if they refuse to recognize and perform gay marriages
- Religious adoption agencies will be forced to place innocent children into the homes of known pedophiles
- It will push our economy into a recession
I just want to say that turning the effort to support proposition 8 into a battle for religious freedom is, at best, disingenuous.
If what the LDS church, and others, are really concerned about is maintaining their constitutional rights as defined by the first amendment - then fight that battle. There is no question that our rights, both as individuals and as institutions, are being infringed upon in diverse ways.
But, to wage a war against same sex marriage and then, almost as an afterthought when you created an hailstorm of controversy within your own ranks, to start waving the first amendment flag - I'm sorry, I'm just not buying it.
- Where were you when doctors were fighting for their right to refuse to perform abortions based on their religious beliefs?
- Where were you when teachers were fighting for the right to teach creationism along with evolution?
- Why aren't you fighting to make divorces more difficult?
- Why aren't you fighting for abstinence education to be taught in our public schools?
- Where is your outrage against lowering the drinking age to 18; a movement which is gaining momentum?
Am I to believe that a bunch of queer couples in California who want to have the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts are the greatest threat we've ever seen to our society? Isn't that just a bit melodramatic?
It's one thing when other churches preach hate disguised as love - but aren't we, as Mormon's, above that? We, of all people, should know what it's like to be despised and reviled for simply being who we are. Didn't God specifically say to us "I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men" (D&C 64:10)?
You say you love me (as a gay Mormon), especially if I continue to live by church standards. But then to turn around and say that people like me - my friends - are the greatest threat to society ...
I'm not feeling much of that love.