Saturday, December 06, 2008

A New Kind of Gay Violence?

For years there has been talk of passing hate crime legislation. Some states have laws that make violence against homosexuals a hate crime. Since the passage of Proposition 8 in California, some gay activists have been using their own violence.

Proposition 8 was a move by the voters in California to define marriage as between a man and a woman exclusively. It does not affect "Domestic Partnerships" in California. Proposition 8 was a response by the voters to a California supreme court decision that allowed gay marriage. This court decision took the matter away from the elected representatives in California. The only way to overturn it was with an amendment by the voters. The voters decided they didn't want the California Supreme Court deciding this issue.

Since the election night results, there has been an increase in violence towards the Mormon Church by gay activists. The Church of Latter Day Saints encouraged its members to support Prop 8, and now gay activists are retaliating towards those members. Two churches received packages with an unidentified white powder in them. Gay activists have gone into a church and protested during the middle of the service. They posed as church members, then stood up during the service and shouted at the members, threw papers into the congregation, and had gay people kissing at the front of the church.

Much of the activity being directed at the Mormon Church is outside the boundaries of political discourse. It is ok to be upset with what a church does, or to oppose their message. It is not ok to resort to violence against the church and members of the church.

We may not all agree with the LDS Church, we may disagree with Prop 8, but we can all agree that violence against the Mormon church must stop.


the anonymous guy said...

what violence? specifically.

Andy D said...

I am confused anon guy. I thought I listed them specifically such as the powder being sent to churches and the demonstration during the middle of church.

the anonymous guy said...

That ain't violence.

The OED defines violence as "The exercise of physical force so as to inflict injury on, or cause damage to, persons or property."

Protesting in church and sending people baby powder in the mail is rude and unclassy, but it's not violence.

And: there's zero evidence that the baby powder actually came from any gay group. Pro-gay groups roundly condemned the baby powder stunt. But the Mormon Church went ahead and flat-out blamed gay people.

When gay people start doing this to Mormons, then I'll say that we're talking about "A New Kind of Gay Violence."

Let's keep it honest, bro.