Archive | November, 2008

Gay Website Stands with LDS on Church in Kyrgyzstan

Posted on 21 November 2008 by admin

StopTheMormons.com today issued a statement to lend its support to the LDS church in its efforts to establish its religion in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Darin Weeks, founder of StopTheMormons.com said, “While the Lesbian and Gay community is outraged that the Mormon church played such a significant role in singling out our community for different treatment under California law, we feel that all laws or regulations that unfairly single out any group for different treatment are wrong.  As such, we urge the Kyrgyz Republic to put fear aside and allow the Mormon church to establish itself in their country.”

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Mormons Upset that Government Will Not Recognize LDS Religion

Posted on 21 November 2008 by admin

I find it highly amusing to read in Utah’s Deseret News that the government of Kyrgyzstan is making it difficult for the Mormons to have their religion officially recognized by the country.

One of the reader comments posted with the story says, “It’s not about a religious Us vs. Them — it’s about a government saying Only Us, Not Them.” 

Ha! How does it feel?

The new Kyrgyzstan law would make it much more difficult to register. Instead of requiring just 10 members in the country before a church could register, it would now require 200, a commission said.

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LA Times: Debunking the Myths Used by Prop 8

Posted on 21 November 2008 by admin

Clever magicians practice the art of misdirection — distracting the eyes of the audience to something attention-grabbing but irrelevant so that no one notices what the magician is really doing. Look over at that fuchsia scarf, up this sleeve, at anything besides the actual trick.

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Princeton Majority Eliminates Rights of Freshmen Minority

Posted on 21 November 2008 by admin

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At Princeton University today, the majority decided that it was in the best interest of Princeton society to eliminate the right freshmen had to use sidewalks. Substantially all the benefits of movement were available for freshmen, however the majority decided that they were more comfortable if the freshmen were to define their own means for getting around.

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These Crazy Proposition 8 Arguments

Posted on 21 November 2008 by admin

If you are like me, you are getting rather sick of the same tired old arguments being thrown around by opponents of same sex marriage.  Eventually, I might create a detailed FAQ or perhaps a “choose your own adventure” style series of pages with the various arguments.

But today I was sucked into a commenting on a blog that started out sounding very reasonable, and possibly against Prop 8, before it descended into advocating the “gays are trying to mandate cultural approval” argument.  We also touched on the “what about the children,” “the activist court invented a new right,” “marriage is a privilege not a right” and “there are other types of restrictions on who can marry” arguments.

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Vandalism of LDS Church, Suicidal Man at Temple

Posted on 20 November 2008 by admin

 

Farmington LDS chapel vandalized

Farmington LDS chapel vandalized

There were a couple of stories that caught my attention today in Utah.  One was a minor act of vandalism to a Mormon church that could be investigated as a hate crime.  In the other, a suicidal man was found in front of an LDS temple.

The vandilism case seems clearly related to Prop 8.  The words, “Nobody’s born a bigot” followed by a heart and smiley face were found spray-painted on a cement wall outside chapel.  The vandalism was reported on Wednesday, and police are investigating it as a possible hate crime.

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Mormon Employed by Jewish Org Draws Ire

Posted on 20 November 2008 by admin

From the Jewish Daily Forward:

Mark Paredes, the Los Angeles-based national director of Latino outreach for the American Jewish Congress, is taking heat from liberal Jews who opposed Proposition 8 — the ballot initiative that amends the California state constitution to outlaw same-sex marriage — for his outspoken support of the measure.

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Mormon Public Opinion: From Bad to Worse

Posted on 19 November 2008 by admin

The Mormons have always been concerned about their public image, as historically it has been a problem and directly affects their ability to convert people to the faith.   So it’s not suprising to see stories about public perceptions of the church in the wake of involvement in Proposition 8.

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No Milk For Cinemark: Don’t See Milk at H8 Theater

Posted on 19 November 2008 by admin

NoMilkForCinemark.com is a new site trying to go beyond a boycott of Cinemark Theaters to specifically ask people NOT to see Milk, the eagerly awaited film about Gay pioneer Harvey Milk, at a Cinemark Theater. The CEO of Cinemark, Alan Stock, donated $9999 to the Yes on 8 Campaign, and the site is outraged that the company will now profit from showing MILK in his theaters.

Of course we’re all going to see Milk though! The site proclaims, “if 1,000 of us commit to see MILK at a competitor’s theater instead of Cinemark, at an average cost of $10 per ticket, that’s $10,000 of lost revenue”

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California Supreme Court to Hear Cases

Posted on 19 November 2008 by admin

The California Supreme Court ruled today that they will hear cases challenging prop 8, but will NOT allow marriages to resume in the meantime.   They also allowed the backers of Proposition 8 to intervene, however they did not allow another pro prop 8 group, Campaign for California Families, to do so.

The ruling text follows below.   For news analysis, see the SF Chronicle.

STRAUSS v. HORTON
Case: S168047, Supreme Court of California

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