For my other Tolerance posts see Tolerance I, Tolerance II, Tolerance III. Well, its been almost two weeks now since election day, and amazingly one issue remains in the news cycle on an almost daily basis since that time: Proposition 8 and the Mormon Church. That’s right, the Mormon Church, its members, and other persons of faith have been singled out and targeted for engaging in the exercise of an actual constitutionally protected fundamental right–the right to vote and participate in the political process. The vitriol, hate, intolerance and lawlessness in some cases exhibited by those who disagreed with Proposition 8 supporters has been frightening and should give pause to those who truly cherish our democratic institutions and the rule of law. See also S.P. Bailey’s These Cultural Wars post over at A Motley Vision. And, there is Marc Bohn’s Rhetoric, Ideology and Prop 8 over at Times and Seasons.
Meridian Magazine has two articles with incredible photos, that if you have not seen, you should. The two articles are: The Hypocrisy of the Tolerance Movement and In the Face of Hatred. Both are well done, and you should read them both. The photos accompanying the second article are truly remarkable and alarming. The author, Paul Bishop of this article is an LDS LAPD veteran, who makes some good points. Because I think the photos are particularly powerful, I repost them below, for those who may not get over to the Meridian website on a regular basis:
A separate incident, not specifically LDS directed, but just as disturbing and disgusting–if not more so:
From the El Coyote Restaurant protest, photos by Tom Andrews, LAist
This editorial cartoon no longer seems so far fetched, does it?
We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.
We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.
Prophets, Seers, and Revelators to a fallen and failing world. Take heed.