{ Signal Hill politician is targeted by Prop. 8 foes }

It appears that “The Day Without a Gay” drama is just heating up. Opponents of Proposition 8 are planning to rally in front of Signal Hill City Hall on Wednesday in and effort to,

rally in support of a possible recall petition of city Treasurer Emerson Fersch. The rally is part of the national “Day Without A Gay” action, in which gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are asked to take off work in opposition to Proposition 8.

Fersch, who is an elected official and is a bishop in the Mormon church, gave $3,285 in support of Proposition 8. That hasn’t gone over well with Long Beach’s or Signal Hill’s gay and lesbian communities.

I am so appalled by this article and the notion that one’s religious beliefs have to be separate from any job they may perform, in public service or otherwise. One might be correct in thinking that this man’s integrity, honesty and moral character is perhaps what the public was drawn to when electing him in the first place, and now, just because gays don’t happen to agree with his position on Prop. 8, is no reason to have him recalled.
Read more here. . .

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{ The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty sponsors NY Times Ad! }

Salt Lake Temple & Christmas Lights in Temple Square

Salt Lake Temple & Christmas Lights in Temple Square

Scholars, dignitaries and religious leaders from a variety of faiths signed their names to an ad that ran on Friday Dec. 5th in the NY Times. The ad was sponsored by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and states,  “the violence and intimidation being directed at the LDS or “Mormon” Church, and other religious organizations – and even against individual believers – simply because they supported Proposition 8 is an outrage and must stop.”

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expressed appreciation today for a full-page advertisement in The New York Times that decries the “violence and intimidation” directed toward the Church because of its support of Proposition 8.

Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said: “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expresses its gratitude to the signatories of the full-page advertisement that appeared today in the New York Times. This was a thoughtful and generous gesture at a time when the right of free expression of people of faith has come under attack. We join with those of all religious faiths and political persuasions who have called for reasoned and civil discourse on matters that affect our nation.”

I think its wonderful that so many religions have come together, formed friendships and alliances, and worked together and supported each other in their efforts to protect traditional marriage. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has done a very kind thing by sponsoring this ad!

The statement by the group also called for others to add their names to the letter and concluded with a declaration of unified support:

“Therefore, despite our fundamental disagreements with one another, we announce today that we will stand shoulder to shoulder to defend any house of worship — Jewish, Christian, Hindu, whatever — from violence, regardless of the cause that violence seeks to serve.”

Read the entire ad here. Just click on the page to enlarge the print.

Source:      newsroom.lds.org, “Prop 8 Backlash Is “An Ourtrage That Must Stop,” Group Says in Support of Church