Posted on November 13, 2008 by Dennis
Since the passage of Proposition 8 in California, there have been several protests aimed at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These protests are of course understandable. California Latter-day Saints did, after all, play a formidable role in donations and phone calling in support of the measure. This participation was formally encouraged by the general leaders of the Church in Salt Lake City. Considering how big of a deal this is for so many same-sex couples and others in support of same-sex marriage, these protests are inevitable and I welcome this exercise of free speech.
What I disagree with, however, is the “stop the hate (H8)” rhetoric. As if everyone in favor of Prop 8 is hateful and bigoted. Especially Mormons. This message is coming off to be awfully disingenuous and overly dramatic, and also sidesteps the major issues that need to be debated. Just because someone is not in favor of gay marriage does not mean they are hateful. Nor does it mean they are bigoted. They simply disagree with you, in terms of what should count for marriage.
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Posted on November 5, 2008 by Dennis
Like most things in life, this election is bittersweet.
I’m happy Obama won.
I’m sad that so many of my friends and family members are, well, not so happy.
I’m happy that so many people across this country have brighter hopes for America and for the future.
I’m sad for those who think that the end is near.
Filed under: Politics | Tagged: civil rights, Dell "Superdell" Schanze, Democratic Party, filibuster-proof, gay marriage, Jason Chaffetz, Latter-day Saints, LDS, LDS Church, McCain, Mormons, Obama, Politics, Proposition 8, Republican Party, Sarah Palin, SNL, Ted Stevens, Tina Fey, Utah County Democrats, Utah politics, Yes on Prop 8 | 35 Comments »
Posted on April 22, 2008 by Dennis
Texas judge Barbara Walther, who is over the FLDS case in Texas, revealed Monday how she is completely out of touch with the FLDS and LDS cultures.
Here’s an excerpt from an article in the Salt Lake Tribune:
Judge Barbara Walther did rule that the women and children currently staying at the San Angelo Coliseum could meet twice a day to pray without being monitored by state workers.
Instead, she asked Texas Child Protective Services to find a member of the mainstream Mormon Church to oversee the sessions or some other “appropriate religious person” who would not be seen as “making their service less sacred.”
Filed under: Comparative Religion, Politics | Tagged: Barbara Walther, breastfeeding, child abuse, civil rights, families, FLDS, Law, LDS, Mormons, mothers, Polygamy, prayer, San Angelo Coliseum, Texas FLDS raid, women | 35 Comments »