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Documentary Attempts To Lift The Curtain On Prop 8

My dad is Mormon, and I know for a fact that they were given "assignments" to go out and campaign. They were instructed to call as many people as they could and given quotas for the number of calls they were supposed to make each day, and were given a script to memorize the arguments they were supposed to put forth during the phone calls.

When I calmly told my dad why I thought Prop 8 was discriminatory and based on fear of people that are different from us, he responded with the arguments from the script. His main fear, prompted by what the church was saying, was that if Gay marriage were legal then it would have to be taught as an acceptable life-style in school. I don't recall any classes or teachers in school talking about marriage at all, much less about different types of marriages or life-style choices. If the topic does come up at school, then that is a good time for parents to talk to their children about the issue and explain their beliefs and the reasons for them.

Everyone has a right to their opinion, and they don't have to like or support someone else's life choices. However, I think it is wrong to impose one group's morality on the rest of society. I believe strongly in the need for separation between church and state. It is one of the reasons people came here in the first place - to escape religious prosecution. When a church puts that kind of money and political pressure into shaping our laws, they become a Political Action Committee. Shouldn't that call into question their tax exempt status?

June 22, 2010 at 11:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )