Christianity Johnson on 26 Oct 2008 04:03 pm
An amazing article:
In case you do not live in California: On the November ballot in California there is an initiative called Proposition 8. The purpose of Prop 8 is to eliminate the right of two people to enter into a same-sex marriage, which is currently legal in California. The Proposition reads:
This initiative measure is submitted to the people in accordance with the provisions of Article II, Section 8, of the California Constitution.
This initiative measure expressly amends the California Constitution by adding a section thereto; therefore, new provisions proposed to be added are printed in italic type to indicate that they are new.
SECTION 1. Title
This measure shall be known and may be cited as the â€œCalifornia Marriage Protection Act.â€
SECTION 2. Section 7.5 is added to Article I of the California Constitution, to read:
SEC. 7.5. Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.
The organization that created the proposition and is collecting money to promote it is called ProtectMarriage.com. This organization is basically a front for Christian/Mormon fundamentalist groups.
Many people and large organizations have made donations to NoOnProp8.com, as described in this article:
Flush with nearly $11 million raised through 17,000 donations during the first 2ï»¿1/2 weeks of October, Equality California (noonprop8.com) has pulled even and possibly surpassed the lead committee supporting Proposition 8, ProtectMarriage.com. And that doesn’t include more than $3 million in big donations this week from the likes of Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and filmmaker George Lucas.
Friday, the No on 8 campaign also picked up the support of Apple Corp., which said it would make a $100,000 donation. The two sides in the tight, emotional race are on a pace to collectively spend well over $60 million by Election Day.
So how does protectmarriage.com respond to this development? By “loving your enemy?” Of course not. Protectmarriage.com turns to extortion. According to the article:
ProtectMarriage.com, the umbrella group behind a ballot initiative that would overturn the California Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage, sent a certified letter this week asking companies to withdraw their support of Equality California, a nonprofit organization that is helping lead the campaign against Proposition 8.
“Make a donation of a like amount to ProtectMarriage.com which will help us correct this error,” reads the letter. “Were you to elect not to donate comparably, it would be a clear indication that you are in opposition to traditional marriage. … The names of any companies and organizations that choose not to donate in like manner to ProtectMarriage.com but have given to Equality California will be published.”
The letter was signed by four members of the group’s executive committee: campaign chairman Ron Prentice; Edward Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference; Mark Jansson, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and Andrew Pugno, the lawyer for ProtectMarriage.com.
This form of extortion is ridiculous. And the notion expressed in the letter is so absurd that only the bigotry inherent in Christianity could conceive of it. The fact that one donates to NoOnProp8.com does not mean that he or she opposes traditional marriage. It means that he or she opposes the bigotry inherent in Christianity.
It also makes you wonder how often Christians use this form of extortion. For example, “If you do not donate money to this church, we will publicize that your business is anti-Christian.” In a heavily Christian community, you would have no recourse to this kind of shakedown. It probably happens thousands of times every day.
If you are a Christian who is beginning to recognize the bigotry inherent in Christianity and who finds yourself repulsed by it, you may wish to consider rationality instead. This web site can help: