Saturday, November 8, 2008

LDS Church statement on protest

“The Church acknowledges that such an emotionally charged issue concerning the most personal and cherished aspects of life — family and marriage — stirs fervent and deep feelings.

The Church calls on those involved in the debate over same sex marriage to act in a spirit of mutual respect and civility towards each other. No one on either side of the question should be vilified, intimidated, harassed or subject to erroneous information.”

---Information from: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

I'm not sure why our church in particular is being targeted, seeing that we were part of a multi-church coalition. I for one can say that I felt no coercion to donate money to the campaign. Many members did donate money, but many didn't. Many members helped with the grass roots movement, but many didn't.

I have seen news reports where the organizer of the protest said that she will send a post card to the president of our church in the name of each person who donates money to the No on 8 campaign. This much I can tell her; no amount of post cards, no amount of media pressure, no amount of anger and hatred will cause this church to ever revoke our stand on homosexuality or same sex marriage. Just as we will never back down on our belief of the ten commandments, we also will never back down on our stance about same sex marriage. The world may waver in it's moral values, but the church of God will not. We love and accept the sinner, but not the sin. We will be tolerant of what others believe, but we will not accept what is contrary to the commandments of God.

Update: This from the Catholic church:

SACRAMENTO 7 November 2008 (This news release was issued by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento) The following statement was released today by Bishop William Weigand, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento and former Bishop of Salt Lake City, in response to attacks on (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) for supporting California's Proposition 8, defending the traditional definition of marriage:

"Catholics stand in solidarity with our Mormon brothers and sisters in support of traditional marriage — the union of one man and one woman — that has been the major building block of Western Civilization for millennia.

"The ProtectMarriage coalition, which led the successful campaign to pass Proposition 8, was an historic alliance of people from every faith and ethnicity. LDS were included — but so were Catholics and Jews, Evangelicals and Orthodox, African-Americans and Latinos, Asians and Anglos.

"Bigoted attacks on Mormons for the part they played in our coalition are shameful and ignore the reality that Mormon voters were only a small part of the groundswell that supported Proposition 8.

"As the former bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, I can attest to the fact that followers of the Mormon faith are a good and generous people with a long history of commitment to family and giving to community causes.

"I personally decry the bigotry recently exhibited towards the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — coming from the opponents of Proposition 8, who ironically, have called those of us supporting traditional marriage intolerant.

"I call upon the supporters of same-sex marriage to live by their own words — and to refrain from discrimination against religion and to exercise tolerance for those who differ from them. I call upon them to accept the will of the people of California in the passage of Proposition 8."

SOURCE: Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento


Inside Stories said...

Amen to all of that. The head of the Catholic church in this state issued a similar statement. I for one am grateful for their public support.

Amber said...

wow that was so cool that he stood up for us!! - that's awesome, so few people do that for us these days!!