Prop 8: Tell The Mormon Church To Stop Funding Lies About Gay Marriage

Last month I wrote about the surge in Mormon donations and activism in support of Proposition 8, the initiative on the California ballot that would eliminate the right of same sex couples to marry, as thousands have happily done since June. In the last month, thanks in large part to the Mormon support they've received, supporters of Prop 8 have outraised No on 8 and Prop 8 has risen dramatically in the polls. The latest Survey USA poll has Yes on 8 winning by 3 and the latest PPIC poll has Yes behind but having cut No on 8's lead almost in half.

This surge in support for Prop 8 is in no small part due to a new horribly cynical and blatantly dishonest ad campaign that is spreading the false claim that if Prop 8 fails and gay couples continue to marry, then public schools will be forced to teach gay marriage and parents won't be able to pull kids from sex ed classes that address it. Neither of these things is true, of course, as California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell confirms in a new No on 8 ad out today.

From the script:

(VO): "Have you seen the TV ads for Prop 8?"
(VO): "They're absolutely not true says California superintendent of public schools"
(JO): "Prop 8 has nothing to do with schools or kids"
(JO): "Our schools aren't required to teach anything about marriage"
(JO): "And using kids to lie about that is shameful"

And yet the Mormon Church is complicit in funding and spreading these lies.

The Courage Campaign is calling the Mormon Church out:

It's time for Californians to fight back against the dishonest attacks of the "Yes on 8" campaign funded by the Mormon Church. On Tuesday, we will deliver a letter to President-Prophet Thomas Monson at the Los Angeles Mormon Temple, demanding that his church stop funding the blatant lies of the "Yes on 8" campaign.

The letter reads, in part:

We are particularly troubled that your church is funding television and radio ads that are lying to Californians about the effects of a "No" vote against Proposition 8. We are disappointed that you have chosen to break the Ninth Commandment - "thou shalt not bear false witness." The ads that you have funded bear false witness by not telling Californians that parents actually have absolute rights to remove their children from sex education classes, unlike in Massachusetts.

And concludes:

We, the undersigned, call upon you to direct your church to cease funding the "Yes on 8" campaign and to cease all forms of advocacy for Proposition 8. We ask you to stay out of our state's governance. We ask you to respect the religious freedoms of those churches that choose to conduct same sex weddings, just as we respect your church's right to refuse to do so. We ask you to uphold both the spirit and the letter of the California and United States Constitutions and not attempt to eliminate the fundamental rights of Californians.

Sign the letter HERE.

The AP has picked up Courage Campaign's action and in a separate article has broken the news that the Yes on 8 campaign has been threatening corporations that have donated money to No on 8 (via Robert at calitics):

Leaders of the campaign to outlaw same-sex marriage in California are warning businesses that have given money to the state's largest gay rights group they will be publicly identified as opponents of traditional unions unless they contribute to the gay marriage ban, too.

ProtectMarriage.com, the umbrella group behind a ballot initiative that would overturn the California Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage, sent a certified letter this week asking companies to withdraw their support of Equality California, a nonprofit organization that is helping lead the campaign against Proposition 8.

"Make a donation of a like amount to ProtectMarriage.com which will help us correct this error," reads the letter. "Were you to elect not to donate comparably, it would be a clear indication that you are in opposition to traditional marriage. ... The names of any companies and organizations that choose not to donate in like manner to ProtectMarriage.com but have given to Equality California will be published."

Tell the Mormon Church to stop funding lies and blackmail today.

(disclaimer: I am proud to work for the Courage Campaign)

Update [2008-10-23 23:13:20 by Todd Beeton]:You can see the letter Yes on 8 has been sending to corporations HERE.

Update [2008-10-23 23:23:22 by Todd Beeton]:You can donate to the No on 8 campaign HERE.

Tags: mormon church, Proposition 8 (all tags)

Comments

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Proposition 8

The level of disgust that I have with anyone who is fighting for "Yes on 8" is reaching a new high. I would not shed a tear if every one of those bigoted ass-hats found out they had a gay child and died painfully on the same day.  

by JDF 2008-10-23 07:47PM | 0 recs
Re: Prop 8: Tell The Mormon Church To Stop Funding

i'm reminded of a quote from the sardonic william s. burroughs:

if you are doing business with a religious son of a b*tch, get it in writing. his word isn't worth sh*t, not with the good lord telling him how to f*ck you on the deal.

by truth hurts 2008-10-23 08:02PM | 0 recs
Prop 8: Mormon Church/Extortion/RICO Violation?

Could someone tell me if this is illegal, whether by using the mails to extort companies is illegal, and whether this classies under RICO statutes (for ProtectMarriage.com and its donors and volunteers could all be considered doing extortion in concert)?

by johnrarch 2008-10-23 09:17PM | 0 recs
Nice! Especially love the reference to

the Ninth Commandment violation.

Republican CHRINOs (Christians in name only) are so hepped up about a couple of stray verses in Leviticus, but in the meantime they can't go a single day without breaking one of the Big Ten!

by TrueBlueMajority 2008-10-23 09:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Prop 8: Tell The Mormon Church To

Unfortunately, The Mormon church doesn't care if you threaten them.  They hate gay people... period... and want to destroy any rights they have in society.  Take the Boy Scouts... For years, the Scouts NEVER had any anti-gay rules... until the Mormon church became their biggest benefactors (and infiltrated the groups leadership).  

So keep fighting, but just remember... They don't care... they want Gay Rights destroyed.

by yitbos96bb 2008-10-24 08:04AM | 0 recs
by yitbos96bb 2008-10-24 08:08AM | 0 recs
Re: Prop 8:
Two articles from the Salt Lake Tribune (who've been the one sane voice on the issue in Utah) showing all is not well with Utah Mormons, their church's involvement in Yes on 8, and the costs that may result.
by Jason Williams 2008-10-24 10:19PM | 0 recs
Tell Jack O'Connell to quit lying!

Don't let the CTA and Jack O'Connell mislead you.

If Prop 8 fails, children will HAVE to be taught about gay marriage in public schools starting as young as first grade. There will be no choice.

Here's exactly what will happen if Prop 8 fails.

The courts (or lawsuits from the ACLU or gay groups) will require that state education guidelines be changed so they'll conform to state law, which mandates acceptance of gay marriage, probably within the next year.

As the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jack O'Connell will then be forced to rewrite the state education guidelines to provide instruction on gay marriage whether he likes it or not. If he doesn't, the courts will make him or he'll be sued.

Then, local school districts will have to rewrite their own guidelines to conform to the new state guidelines. They'll have to whether they like it or not. They'll have no choice.

And, when it's all done, children will be taught to accept gay marriage in elementary school. Whether it's done under the guise of "Diversity Training" or "Health Education," the schools will have no choice but to teach acceptance of gay marriage. That's just unacceptable to most parents.

So, the CTA and Superintendent O'Connell are simply not telling the whole truth when they say Prop 8 won't affect education. It's inevitable that it will if Prop 8 fails. It already happened in Massachusetts just that way.

That's why I'm voting 'Yes' on Prop 8. We need to restore the traditional meaning of marriage and not let it be deconstructed like this.

by klgrube 2008-10-25 04:56PM | 0 recs
I agree--tell O'Connell to stop lying!!!

(This is for any reasonable individual reading these posts, looking for the truth, because otherwise, I know this will fall on deaf ears.)

Wrong, wrong, wrong!

O'Connell is not fit to be Superintendent. CA public schools are required to teach in alignment with the CA Frameworks, the curriculum set by the State Board of Ed. From the Health Frameworks, pg. 136 - 137 says: "Honor and respect for monogamous, heterosexual marriage should be an important emphasis of the curriculum at this level....Marriage is a legal commitment that a man and a woman make to share their lives and family responsibilities." Obviously, without Prop 8, this wording will change, thanks to the CA Supreme Court of 4-3.

So who's lying? O'Connell's signature is on the document. You can read it for yourself on CA's Dept. of Ed site. And then he says that all teacher's agree with this. Another lie!

The radio ads also says that Prop 8 will "take away fundamental rights." No it will not. First all of CA's existing laws concerning same-sex unions will continue. Secondly, THERE NEVER HAS BEEN A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT FOR SAME-SEX MARRIAGES IN THIS COUNTRY. Therefore no "fundamental right" is being taken away. If anything, the "fundamental right" to define traditional marriage as between a man and a woman has been taken away.

The "Mormon Church" is not funding the spreading of "these lies." Members of the church are. There is a difference. Who is the "Mormon Church?" The members are. The official church is not donating any money to this. The individual members are. If you can donate to "No on 8" then we by the 1st Amendment can also donate to "Yes on 8." If it's good for opponents, it should be good for us proponents. Except that throughout modern times "free speech" and "tolerance" is something that liberally-leaning people preach, and not something that they practice if I have an opinion that they don't like. That's hypocritical. And then those who claim to be "tolerant" resort to name-calling. But that's a topic for another completely different post in and of itself.

In contrast, the CTA is funding to the tune of $1 mil the spreading of O'Connell's lies. I'm sure glad I'm not a member of the union.

To ignore what happened in Massachusetts, which is a fact, is completely naive.

O'Connell also says this: "Using kids to lie about that is shameful." This Proposition is all about kids! Marriage is all about kids! And we intend to protect kids and their parents who wish to teach them as they want.

by niswts 2008-10-25 11:41PM | 0 recs

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