A Times Op-Ed columnist defended a religious group that worked tirelessly to trample on the rights of same-sex couples. By Rick Jacobs December 8, 2008
Leading up to the Nov. 4 vote, the Courage Campaign Issues Committee bought time on cable television to air an advertisement against Proposition 8 entitled "Home Invasion." The hard-hitting ad depicted two arrogant Mormon missionaries invading the home of a lesbian couple, stripping them of their wedding rings and shredding their marriage license.
The dramatic visuals were designed to call attention to two issues: Proposition 8 sought to take away the legal rights of same-sex couples all across California, and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had contributed an enormous amount of money and manpower to the campaign.
Since the election, this ad has drawn the ire of religious groups and pundits across the country, including Times Op-Ed columnist Jonah Goldberg ("An ugly attack on Mormons," Dec. 3). But amid the uproar over the ad, there was very little discussion about something very important: the truth.
And the truth is very simple: Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints campaigned vigorously to strip rights from gays and lesbians. They contributed a staggering amount of money to pass Proposition 8 -- a figure estimated to be at least $20 million (and potentially much higher) to fund a fear-mongering, truth-distorting campaign whose only objective was to outlaw same-sex couples from getting a marriage license. Proposition 8 now threatens to invalidate the same-sex marriages already in existence, pending future rulings from the California Supreme Court. There is an old saying: Truth can't be libel.
3. I don't think that goldberg asshole is a Times columnist
He is in fact a syndicated columnist for some right wing service who happens to be carried by the Times. I don't know their editorial policy concerning Prop 8 and the quality of the paper has gone down the shitter in the past few years, but I doubt that they are as off the wall as goldberg.
5. Religious- and Fear-based Bigots are usually the first to howl when they get called on it.
They attack and strip rights from people they fear and hold the Bible up in defense, and when called on their hate they cry oppression.
As someone who was bullied for a great deal of my childhood, I see the signs of the bully all too clear here. Legislating rights away from gays does nothing but cause misery, and to salve thier own souls they comfort themselves by claiming Divine justification.
IMHO, the LDS have no moral right to complain about being jacked up in the public square for thier conduct. It was a cynical temporal powerplay, and if I were Mormon, I'd of resigned from the Church in shame.
Religions acting this way in the temporal sphere is why I've been personally alienated from religion for many many years, and I'm convinced it's why fewer and fewer people attend church every year.
Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators
Important Notices: By participating on this discussion
board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules
page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the
opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent
the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.