2008 Damn Mormons
posted by November 4 at 16:43 PMon
I expressed my frustration with the Mormon Church earlier today. A friend writes…
Have you in your travels witnessed any backlash against the Mormon church as a result of this campaign? I fully support anti-Mormon bigotry now. I know there are pro-gay Mormons, but they’ve gotta start speaking truth to power here. I wish there were a way to turn this into a public relations disaster for the Church of LDS. The waste of money alone is infuriating.
Considering that no black person could be a priest (and all baptized LDS men are priests) until June 6th 1978, that might encourage a more level-headed church to keep their heads in the sand about civil rights battles. Especially considering that it took the potential loss of their tax-exempt status for their God to offer the new “revelation.”
There are some decent Mormons out there—I’ve heard from a few, via email, some of whom donated to the “No On Prop 8” campaign. (You can read a very moving letter from a pro-gay practicing Mormon here.) The most prominent? Steve Young.
The signs on the front lawn of former 49er quarterback Steve Young’s Peninsula home say “No on Prop. 8,” which normally wouldn’t be much of a story in the Bay Area, a gay-friendly region which is the center of opposition to the effort to ban same-sex marriage in the state.
But Young isn’t only a Hall of Fame quarterback. He’s also the great-great-great grandson of Brigham Young, the second president of the Mormon church. The church has pushed hard and publicly for Prop. 8 and Mormons have pumped millions into the campaign.
Considering that the Mormon Church has excommunicated people out for publishing beefcake calendars, Young and his wife’s opposition to Prop 8 is no trifling gesture. Still, the hateful “Yes On Prop 8” campaign—underwritten by the Mormon Church—makes we wanna kick in a few stained-glass windows. (Do Mormon Churches have stained-glass windows?) For sure the next Mormon “elder” who shows up on my porch is going to limp back to Utah with a few dozen new assholes.