Wednesday, November 19, 2008

From Defense of Tradition to Defense of our Persons

Proposition 8 passed easily in the State of California. This ballot initiative defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman. It was vigorously opposed by gay activist groups who have responded to the bill's passage by attacking old women with crosses, threatening blacks, and disrupting church services. National Review Online's writer, economist Thomas Sowell, has published an outstanding article on this.

Mormons voted overwhelmingly in favor of Proposition 8, which is not surprising. The reaction of certain gay activists toward Mormons in general is described aptly in Sowell's article:

"In Oakland, California, a mob gathered outside a Mormon temple in such numbers that officials shut down a nearby freeway exit for more than three hours.

"In their midst was a San Francisco Supervisor who said 'The Mormon church has had to rely on our tolerance in the past, to be able to express their beliefs.' He added, 'This is a huge mistake for them. It looks like they’ve forgotten some lessons.'"

This should chill any American to the bone. Supervisors in San Francisco are similar to Commissioners in most counties, but with a lot more authority. That someone in a powerful position of government, albeit local government, could state that a church that is exercising a constitution right is "tolerated" indicates just how far our society, or elements of it, have drifted from core principles. Sadly, there are many others out there who agree with this thinking.

So, what's a Christian to do? The answer is simple: Pray, preach the Gospel as always, and do not allow bullies to keep us from bringing souls to Christ.

Here's the link to Sowell's article:

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