Yesterday I was rushing to get dinner (before Soccer, of course) and had been half listening to Oprah when the news came on of a giant protest at the LDS temple in LA. Wide eyed I re-wound to see what they were saying.
And while I was gonna let prop 8 go — I just can’t let this go without a few comments.
1. Did the actual church donate money? I don’t think so. I think they made a few “in kind” donations of flying some GA’s to CA to help out, but I think that’s it. Anyone know for sure? They keep saying the “church” gave money, and I think that’s a myth, but I could be wrong (I know, shockingly, it happens). They did encourage us to donate, but any money we did was all on our own.
2. There is no way to separate your “church self” from your “regular self” and if there is, you’re a hypocrite. If you’re asking me to vote without taking any of the morals which I so strongly believe in (which also just so happen to be many of the things I learn at church) I might as well not vote. It’s just not possible. That’s all we’re doing. They didn’t ask us to vote for McCain, they asked us to vote what was in our hearts. Do I separate my church self from the one that brings casseroles to a sick friend, or volunteers to watch their kid? Nope, that’s my church self too.
3. I’m kinda freaking out. I have a BYU licence plate holder, and I obviously had a Yes on 8 sign in my front yard. I was kind of expecting to be attacked as I took Conner to soccer last night, but I realized people are just using their rights of free speech. Hopefully that’s where it ends, yesterday seemed to be pretty peaceful, all thing considered (unless you were trying to drive around there — that would’ve stunk!).
4. Half of CA voted for this. Mormons apparently are only 4% of the population (somehow I think that’s wrong, but I’ve heard it quoted). We were NOT the only church you backed this, but we are organized and we did a grass roots efforts for which we should be proud. Any campaign would be lucky to have as many volunteers. I wonder if those who are protesting went door to door to share their thoughts. I wonder if they donated money to their campaign. I wonder if they thought about any of this before we all cast our vote.
I think that’s all I’m going to say. It will be interesting to see what the courts do with this. I know it will hurt all of our vote if they decide to overturn it. However, they’ve done it before. And I do believe in this instance Gavin Newsom was prophetic. “Whether we like it or not…”