October 2008

From an email forwarded to me, chronicling one family’s experience in trying to express their constitutionally protected political and religious opinion in California’s 2008 election, photos below the jump: (more…)

The Los Angeles Times article proclaims the priest is true to his faith, but at odds with his church.   After reading the article it sounds more like he is true to no one, including himself, and has lost his faith: (more…)

A quick follow up my prior post on the same subject.  I’ve been truly amazed at some of the antics ongoing all over California against those who are expressing their political and religious view points, fully protected by both state and federal constitutions.  More below the jump.  Update 10/21/08, even more disturbing is David’s post over at A Soft Answer where he discusses a coordinated effort a specifically targeting Mormons for their efforts on 8.  It’s a must read.  (more…)

I love Peggy Fletcher Stack, one of the Salt Lake Tribune’s best writers.  Really, I do.  Well, let me clarify.  I love her articles–I really do.  Peggy (if I may be so informal–she calls me Guy–probably among lots of other things too ;-)) anyway, Peggy has written some of the best articles about the LDS Church both from a mainstream point of view, and also from a less traditional point of view.   On some things we see eye to eye–other times not.  Peggy has a pretty good article in today’s Salt Lake Tribune, entitled Dissident Mormons.  I encourage you to read the whole thing.  (more…)

Mayor Gavin Newsom’s bombastic in your face proclamation on the family, “whether you like it or not” has come home to roost in the California genderless marriage debate.   And, at the center is a group of first graders, used as pawns in that debate. (more…)

As we approach election day here in California, I think it instructive to understand what legitimate interests the state (any state, not just California) has in promoting and sanctioning man/woman marriage over genderless marriage.

One of the most significant cases outlining the state’s interests was Hernandez v Robles 855 N.E.2d 1 (2006), where the New York Supreme Court soundly rejected genderless marriage in New York.  I look to New York, because their supreme court is well established and well respected–and frankly because the California State Supreme Court got it wrong. (more…)

As I listened to last evening’s broadcast I was struck by how often and how forcefully two Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ emphasized how we should be tolerant of those who oppose our view point on traditional marriage.  Over and over, they emphasized throughout the hour long broadcast to be respectful of the views of others.  We were counseled to reach out in love, and to act as Jesus Christ would have us act.

I wonder whether those who oppose those our views on traditional marriage are receiving similar counsel of tolerance.  I certainly hope that none of the Saints would ever particpate in such acts of intolerance as appeared on this Yes on 8 sign, sitting on private property on a Church next to the Stake Center in Santa Maria.  Tolerance?   Update 10/9/08 8:30 p.m., more tolerance after the jump.

Update 10/10/08 9:20 p.m. further intolerance added to the list. (more…)

Last evening, 10/08/08, Elders M. Russell Ballard and Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy participated in the The Divine Institution of Marriage Broadcast 10/08/08.  My rough notes of that broadcast follow below.  The Church has posted on it’s website portions of that broadcast, which you can view here.  I encourage you to do so. (more…)

Two members of the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Russell M. Ballard, and Elder Quintin R. Cook, as well as Elder Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy announced a New Pro Family Church Website.  The announcement came during a special broadcast through out California to California Saints.  The broadcast entitled The Divine Institution of Marriage bears the same name as the website, which you can locate at


It contains various resources in helping explain the Church’s position and involvement in the Proposition 8 campaign.  The Church also has a link up at the Newsroom on the broadcast with some video of portions of the broadcast.  See also this post over at Latter-day Commentary–good stuff.  Mulling and Musing also has a post about the new site.  More on that broadcast in a subsequent post.  Check out the new website, and the variety of resources including videos that it offers.  It will grow as time goes along.

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