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Latter-Day Army: Details of Mormons & Prop 8

Posted on 30 November 2008 by admin

I decided to start a project to try to put together a timeline with details about Mormon church involvement in Prop 8 and gay marriage, using news reports, blog postings and other information to try to paint a picture of what was going on inside the Mormon church. This was without question a highly involved campaign at all levels of the church, not simply the random free efforts of Mormon church members.

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Mind Control & Mormonism

Posted on 26 November 2008 by admin

OK, I know this title is a bit incendiary, and perhaps discussion should not be limited to Mormons.  But since I only know about Mormonism from being raised in the LDS church, that’s all I feel qualified to comment about. I often wonder to what degree I’ve been shaped by my Mormon upbringing, and sometimes feel that I’m trying to undo some of it, through therapy and other personal development, while embracing other parts. It’s terribly confusing.

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Mormon is Out at Los Angeles Film Festival

Posted on 25 November 2008 by admin

Richard Raddon, the Mormon director of the LA Film Festival, has resigned from his job following the uproar of controversy around his $1500 donation to the Yes on 8 campaign.

The donation came to light lmost two weeks ago, a revelation that caused Raddon to tender his resignation to Film Independent. At the time, the board did not accept Raddon’s offer, though the move didn’t quite stem the debate over Raddon’s future and whether a potential boycott would devastate the festival when it returns next summer. 

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Come on, Mormons. Let’s be Honest.

Posted on 24 November 2008 by admin

While I wholeheartedly embrace free speech, sometimes it gets a little tiresome and repetitive.  I also don’t think spam is to be embraced as free speech as there are costs to those on the receiving end.  Since I’m hoping this blog goes beyond the common arguments being slung around, I do moderate the comments. I’ve allowed a few opposing comments to be posted, but if the arguments are tired, I don’t want to pollute the pages here.  With that disclaimer, here is a recent exchange that I had privately with someone posting a comment that I rejected.

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New Survey Shows We’re Changing Minds

Posted on 24 November 2008 by admin

DailyKos brought this survey about public opinion about Prop 8 since the election to my attention, and it holds what could be good news.  It found that 8% of the the people who voted for Prop 8 have changed their minds since the election.  Even better, 13% of Blacks who voted for Prop 8 have changed their mind.

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Prop 8 & Mormon Prof Appropriated Pepperdine’s Name

Posted on 24 November 2008 by admin

It wasn’t only Barack Obama’s name that was used dishonestly by the Mormon backed Proposition 8 campaign. Pepperdine University is still feeling the fallout after the Protect Marriage campaign associated itself with the school in advertising, via a controversial professor at the school who just so happens to be Mormon.  Yes on Prop 8 discontinued the practice for a short time after the university objected, but then resumed using the name after testing showed that it improved viewer response.

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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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No More Mr. Nice Gay

Posted on 18 November 2008 by admin

No More Mr. Nice Gay T-Shirt from StopTheMormons shop.

"No More Mr. Nice Gay" T-Shirt from StopTheMormons shop.

I’m sure many of you have seen the title of this post on signs at protests. I keep reflecting back on it as I read editorials and comments from people who say we should calm down, be nice and try to change hearts in the court of public opinion.  The Mercury-News says, “The gay marriage movement is at a crossroads. It can become more combative, or it can build on the support of the near-majority who came close to defeating Proposition 8. Building support clearly is the better path.”

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Bag Headed Mormon: Church Demanded Compliance

Posted on 13 November 2008 by admin

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Targeting Mormons Unfair?

Equality California estimates that Mormons donated as much as $20 million to Prop. 8, while the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal group, gave $1.25 million to the effort and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, $200,000.

 

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