today in “my GOD but that takes some chutzpah”:
The anti-Mormon backlash after California voters overturned gay marriage last fall is similar to the intimidation of Southern blacks during the civil rights movement, a high-ranking Mormon says in a speech to be delivered Tuesday. Elder Dallin H. Oaks refers to gay marriage as an “alleged civil right” in remarks prepared for delivery at Brigham Young University- Idaho, a speech church officials describe as a significant commentary on current threats to religious freedom.
In an advance copy provided to The Associated Press, Oaks suggests that atheists and others are seeking to intimidate people of faith and silence their voices in the public square.
“The extent and nature of religious devotion in this nation is changing,” said Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, a church governing body. “The tide of public opinion in favor of religion is receding, and this probably portends public pressures for laws that will impinge on religious freedom.” [AP via AmericaBlog]
so let’s review: your organization spends tons of money pushing a bill in another state to deny a civil right and when people bitch about your involvement, you declare that it’s the same as when people brutalized southern blacks pushing FOR civil rights? yeah, that’s clearly a logical thought progress.
the mormons have this whole martyr complex for a reason. their people were massacred and discriminated against throughout their history. but this is not about oppressing mormons. this isn’t an attack on religious freedom. CIVIL rights have nothing to do with religion. that’s why they’re civil – of society. allowing gay people to get married in no way forces you to do anything or impinges on your right to keep on thinking they are evil. it just means the government recognizes their unions as valid. and to posit yourself as the oppressed defenders of civil rights as you’re mobilizing a huge organization with extensive resources in order to deny rights to a specific group is nearly offensive, it’s so ludicrous and arrogant.
as John at AmericaBlog pointed out, don’t involve yourself in a tense, bitter political battle if you can’t handle the slag that’ll come your way for that involvement.