Mormons Face Flak for Proposition 8
Monday, October 27, 2008
Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Religion Writer
All of California’s Catholic bishops have all come out in favor of the measure. So have many evangelical Christians and Orthodox Jews. Yet it is Mormons, who account for 2 percent of the state population, who are catching the most heat.
“We seem to be the symbol of the Yes on 8 campaign,” said Rand King, 60, a Walnut Creek resident who is Mormon and who was watching Sunday’s protest from inside the temple’s gates.
Prop. 8 opponents are increasingly narrowing their focus on Mormons, harnessing technology and open-records laws in their efforts. One Web site run by a Prop. 8 opponent, Mormonsfor8.com, identifies the name and hometown of every Mormon donor. On the Daily Kos, the nation’s most popular liberal blog, there is a campaign to use that information to look into the lives of Mormons who financially support Prop. 8.
It has led some Mormons to question why other religious groups in the coalition aren’t being targeted.
“I don’t think it’s politically expedient to point the finger at the Catholic Church,” said Dave Christensen, 52, a Mormon and an Alamo resident who donated $30,000 to the Yes on 8 campaign. “You don’t get the mileage criticizing a church that has more clout.”
Let me see if I can put this in a way everyone can understand….
Everybody knows that religious extremists are behind this campaign, and supporting it financially – it is so totally interdenominational and inclusive. So WHY are Mormons getting all the flak? Is it insidious anti-Mormonism, fear of pissing off the Catholic Church, a right-wing conspiracy to discredit the Mormon Church?
No you idiots, it’s because the Church of Latter Day Saints is the only religious organization hosting their own “Yes On Prop” 8 website (www.protectingmarriage.org), becuase it’s released a string of youth-oriented propaganda videos designed to confuse the issue and make it seem cool to vote Yes on 8, and MOST importantly, it is because out-of-state Mormons have made 77% of the donations to the “Yes on 8” campaign.
That’s why Mormons.