LDS Church Issues Response to California Supreme Court Decision on Proposition 8//

photo source: beckhamlawoffice.com

photo source: beckhamlawoffice.com

SALT LAKE CITY 26 May 2009 Today’s decision by the California Supreme Court is welcome. The issue the court decided was whether California citizens validly exercised their right to amend their own constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman. The court has overwhelmingly affirmed their action.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recognizes the deeply held feelings on both sides, but strongly affirms its belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman.  The bedrock institution of marriage between a man and a woman has profound implications for our society. These implications range from what our children are taught in schools to individual and collective freedom of religious expression and practice.

Accordingly, the Church stands firmly for what it believes is right for the health and well-being of society as a whole. In doing so, it once again affirms that all of us are children of God, and all deserve to be treated with respect. The Church believes that serious discussion of these issues is not helped when extreme elements on both sides of the debate demonize the other.

I am proud and very grateful to be a member of this Church, where our leaders remind and encourage us to all love and respect each other, and treat each other with kindness, despite our differing opinions.

Source: newsroom.lds.org


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The LDS Church Clarifies Proposition 8 In-Kind Donations// get the facts, ignore the rummors

LDS Temple--Salt Lake City, UT

LDS Temple--Salt Lake City, UT

Straight from the Newsroom of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints:

Today The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints clarified erroneous news reports following the filing of its final report on donations to the ProtectMarriage.com coalition.

On Friday, 30 January, the Church filed the final report of its contributions (all of which were non-monetary) to the ProtectMarriage.com coalition. The report, submitted in advance of the 31 January deadline, details in-kind donations totaling $189,903.58.

The value of the Church’s in-kind (non-monetary) contribution is less than one half of one percent of the total funds (approximately $40 million) raised for the “Yes on 8” campaign. The Church did not make any cash contribution.

Because media coverage about this filing ran without a comment from the Church, the following statements of fact from the Church add context to this story and should help correct the record:

Fox13 (Utah): “The documents show the amount spent by the Mormon Church is greater than what was initially stated.”

Fact: The Church, like other organizations on both sides of the ballot issue, was required to publicly file these donations by the 31 January deadline. The Church has been filing required contribution reports throughout the campaign. Those earlier donations “initially stated” were filed for specific time periods prior to this last reporting period, as required by law. Other groups are also filing their final contribution reports to meet the same deadline.

San Francisco Chronicle : “Mormon church officials, facing an ongoing investigation by the state Fair Political Practices Commission, Friday reported nearly $190,000 in previously unlisted assistance to the successful campaign for Prop. 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California.”

Sacramento Bee : “The disclosure comes amid an investigation by the state’s campaign watchdog agency into whether the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints violated state laws by not fully disclosing its involvement during the campaign.”

Fact: This filing is in no way prompted by an investigation by the California Fair Political Practices Commission. Many organizations are filing this week to meet the deadline required by law. We believe we have complied with California law.

KFMB 760 AM (San Diego) :

“Mormon Church Misstated How Much It Spent in Prop 8 Fight.”
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints previously claimed only about $2,000 was spent in support of the measure.”

365Ga y : “Mormon Church admits it spent 100 times more for Prop 8 than reported”

Fact: Again, the previous disclosure of an in-kind donation was to meet an earlier deadline. In fact, previous filings detailed over $50,000 out of the total non-monetary contribution of $189,903.58.This week’s filing reported donations that fell within a different time period and required reporting by the 31 January deadline. Other groups also made their final contributions reports this week.

Understanding the extent of donations from other organizations may help the media and the public better understand the context in which the Church’s donations were made.

Sources: newsroom.lds.org

Photo Source: dterryphotography



Constitutional Rights at issue//google map puts prop 8 donors info on public display and tom hanks attacks mormons

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The Prop 8 map looks similar to this with markers for donors listing name, address, employment and amount of donation (this map is of film shoot locations)

Google maps is a great application! I love it and I use it all the time for real estate investing and to cyber stalk properties that are far away. Problem is, perhaps google maps is too good and too useful. The no on 8 camp thinks that we’re cowards for not wanting a map of our houses and job information to be on public display on the world’s most popular map, courtesy of google.  They didn’t create the mash-up but they haven’t taken it down either. (I am not giving the site’s web address here. I don’t want to do anything to encourage it).

The word coward definitely applies to the anonymous creater of this map that puts a virtual push-pin on the locations for practically everyone who donated money to the Yes on 8 campaign. It’s not cowardly for people not to want their private information made public. They have families to protect from the scathing, vulgar and violent harassment of the traditional marriage dissenters. People have been harassed, yelled at, threatened, and intimidated, all because the campaign finance data was made public, exposing the names, addresses and occupations of people who supported Prop 8.  No one needs gay stalkers driving past their house everyday harassing them for exercising their constitutional right to donate to a cause they believe in and vote according to their beliefs. The gay left can do that and it’s ok, but we’re cowards and bigots for trying to protect traditional marriage. Oh really? So far, no one has come forth to claim their map fame, and no one has been able to figure out who it is. My inside contact in the  world of internet hackers, says it would be a piece of cake for someone to figure out who did this. . . so I’m sure it will come out sooner or later. I’ll keep you posted. Does this person have a legal right to take the public doner list and make a map, I guess so, but is it ethical, and moral? Definitely not. Bill O’Reilly is apparently outraged about this map and he promised to dig deeper into the situation. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Tom Hanks calls Mormon’s Un-American

A lot of Hollywood has proven themselves to be quite a disappointment since the fight for Prop 8 began, and we can now add Tom Hanks to the list of unformed activists. He is the producer of HBO’s bizarro polygamist show “Big Love.” And at the show’s premiere last Wednesday, proceeded to say this to the press:

“The truth is this takes place in Utah, the truth is these people are some bizarre offshoot of the Mormon Church, and the truth is a lot of Mormons gave a lot of money to the church to make Prop-8 happen,” he told Tarts. “There are a lot of people who feel that is un-American, and I am one of them. I do not like to see any discrimination codified on any piece of paper, any of the 50 states in America, but here’s what happens now. A little bit of light can be shed, and people can see who’s responsible, and that can motivate the next go around of our self correcting Constitution, and hopefully we can move forward instead of backwards. So let’s have faith in not only the American, but Californian, constitutional process.”

First of all, the people portrayed in his show are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

[Mormon’s] officially ceased the practice of such marriages after the Manifesto was issued by President Woodruff in 1890. Since that time, plural marriage has not been approved by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and any member adopting this practice is subject to losing his or her membership in the Church. Source:  lds.org

Secondly, supporters of Prop 8 did not give money to the Church, they gave their donations directly to the Proposition 8 campaign, just like everyone else who donated. The truth is that the Church did not give any money to the campaign, the members did, along with thousands of people of other faiths. Voting your conscience on Proposition 8 is not un-American. Hanks is going on and on about the Constitutional process, but yet he is berating Mormon’s for exercising their constitutional rights  to participate in said constitutional process. Now that’s un-American.

When informed of the “Forrest Gump” star’s comments, Kim Farah, a spokesperson for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, told Tarts, “Expressing an opinion in a free and democratic society is as American as it gets.”

Bill McKeever, a rep for the Mormonism Research Ministry, added, “Personally, I find it un-American to tell people that they shouldn’t vote their conscience. Hanks said he doesn’t ‘like to see any discrimination codified on any piece of paper.’ Considering that just about every law discriminates in some form or another, makes this comment ridiculous. Hanks’ comment shows that he very much believes in discriminating against people with whom he disagrees. I may not agree with Mormon theology, but I certainly defend their right to express their opinion.”

Any thoughts or comments are welcome! Source: foxnews.com

{ 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



{ Measured Voices Provide Reason, Support Amidst Proposition 8 Reaction }

As most of you have probably already heard, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has received an enormous amount of backlash since the passage of Proposition 8, in the forms of harassment of Church leaders and members, vandalism to Church property, numerous protests held in front of LDS temples (most recently the Mesa, AZ Temple this past Friday night when they lit the Christmas displays and lights) and the list goes on and on…

Following the passing of Proposition 8 in California, the Church released statements urging civility and reaffirming its position on the issue. The Church also noted that two Roman Catholic bishops released statements decrying religious bigotry against Mormons. . . [The article goes on to say] All people of faith have cause for concern when others try to remove their legitimate voice from the public square.

My Aunt sent me a link to this article from the online Newsroom of the LDS Church, containing statements in support of the Church, by groups both for and against Proposition 8.

The Church today points to additional third-party voices that provide useful insights into the reaction following the vote. Some of these individuals supported Proposition 8, and some were against it.

I applaud the groups and individuals who have spoken out in defense of the Church and who have expressed their appreciation for all of our hard work and effort. I have heard stories of the friendships that have developed between people of different faiths, and the broadening of understanding that has taken place, because of efforts to pass Prop 8. This is an example.

Here are some of my favorite comments. Read more here…