After The Ball–The Eyes Have It

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Proposition 8 Secret Weapon Triumphs Over The Gay Agenda

The activist gay agenda failed in California, at least for now.  There are a lot of people on the news running around, angrily pointing fingers and screaming angry epithets about Mormons and second class citizenship.  Yes on 8 was outsmarted and outspent, they were losing in the polls….why did gay marriage fail if the cause was so just?  Gay activists had the ball, how could they have lost it?  Was it really the Mormons’ fault?  Gay marriage is a civil right!  What cause is more just than that?

The rhetoric of the gay community is utterly appealing.  As a conscientious Christian, no one wants to be on the wrong side of scripture verses, or in the bigger picture, the wrong side of history.  I admit, the whole civil rights angle had me perplexed for quite some time, but the idea that behavior is a right is ultimately wrong.  The painting of an entire state in shades of bigotry, though rhetorically appealing, wasn’t plausible.  I don’t feel like a hate filled bigot, do you?  Doesn’t look like a bigot, doesn’t feel like a bigot…must not be a bigot, right?  I even looked it up in the dictionary just to be sure I was being objective.  Honestly though, the rhetoric is brilliant.

It took me some study to figure out just exactly what part of the righteous sounding argument was twisted, but it finally came through.  The wholesale selling of our country on the idea that behavior is a right was first introduced in the published gay activist agenda, titled “After the Ball.”

I’ve heard many in the gay community say,  “Agenda??? We don’t have an Agenda!!”  To you I say, let’s be honest.  We all have an agenda.

The gay agenda was basically laid out in the late 1980s in the book called “After the Ball,” by Marshal Kirk and Hunter Madsen.  It is a six-point plan for how they could transform the beliefs of ordinary Americans with regard to homosexual behavior from abhorrence to acceptance — in a decade-long time frame.

What?  Never heard of it?   I bet it’ll sound familiar once you read it, since it’s the source of the rhetorical twists California has been deluged with for the last several months.  There are six main points to the plan:

1. “Talk about gays and gayness as loudly and as often as possible.” That was aimed at making people so tired of the issue they would want to give them anything they want to make them shut up.
2. “Portray gays as victims, not as aggressive challengers.” They have demonized the beliefs of Christians who have taken a biblical stand on homosexual behavior — people who have love and compassion for those trapped in that behavior.
3. “Give homosexual protectors a just cause.” That was designed to tap into and exploit the almost innate sense of fairness that Americans have; to the sympathy that we have — especially liberals have — for those who seem to be disenfranchised.
4. “Make gays look good.” That’s what they’ve done through media campaigns, through television programs, like “Will and Grace” and others, where homosexuals are portrayed as the most normal, stable people in America.
5. “Make the victimizers look bad.” They portray people of faith — people who have legitimate and biblical reasons to oppose homosexual behavior — as homophobes and bigots. They also try to “muddy the moral waters” by getting liberal churches, many of which have thrown out a great deal of the Bible, to say that homosexual behavior is just fine from a theological perspective.
6. “Get funds from corporate America.” In fact, they have. They have gotten corporate America to sign on to their agenda, and it is very interesting how far their moral influence has spread through use of corporate funding.

Perhaps if every single point of the published gay agenda had not been pushed into near fruition you might have some ground to stand on in claiming these authors, and others like them, had no influence over the gay community. As it is, the only shocking thing is that we haven’t seen it sooner. My eyes have been pried wide open by this election fight.

Any objective observer can see the eerie prescience of “After the Ball.” The strategy was and is, brilliant.

Honestly I wish we had such stratagem on our side, but we don’t. Now, first I have to say that we couldn’t have done it without the tremendous support of the ethnic groups in this state.  Blacks especially supported us in some places by 70%, but they did that on their own.  People of color in my circle of friendship weren’t interested in campaigning, and our Hispanic brothers and sisters looked at us like we were campaigning to keep the sky blue.  They knew what they knew and didn’t see what the big issue was.  That’s just not something we could have planned on.  Kudos to the communities in this state that still remember family values, it’s our white communities we struggled with.  As far as sheer strategy though?  I’ve heard a lot of talk about the “Mormons” “interfering” in the election.  Well let me tell you, there were a lot of Mormons in the coalition, but that wasn’t all.  Perhaps they were part of the secret weapon, but what was that secret weapon?  Good people.

California’s Secret Weapon–Plain Good People

The one thing pro-family groups have that can’t be beat are their armies of smiling, happy people who are honestly living their lives, and it shows.  In contrast with what we’ve seen the last three days parading through our streets, that’s where our brilliance is. It’s in our eyes and faces, more than our strategy.

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Our brilliance is in the goodness of our souls. It shows through in our eyes.

You can’t buy the kind of advertising the public saw when teenagers decked out in black drag and piercings  with their “No on 8″ banners gave for proposition 8.  It really makes a contrast.  That was the first troubled clue as to who was supporting gay marriage.  The other was their behavior.  Vandalism, anger, rage….it was in their eyes.  No one can hide the bitter anger of the gay community.  That bitter anger is not from the righteous oppression of religion as they would have everyone believe.  It is because as the scriptures say, “wickedness never was happiness.”  It is that simple.

It is the great lie of our generation that you can do as you please and find happiness.  Happiness is not in bowing to slavish selfish desires.  It is in living your life loving and serving others.  Look in someone’s eyes.  You can see the contents of the soul there.

I’ve heard ad nauseum about the hatefulness, bigotry and horrible oppression of those who oppose gay marriage.  I will grant that there are some who are just as dark of conscience as any, but those are by far the exception.  You can see it in their eyes as well.  No matter how hard you try, you can’t lighten the windows of a soul steeped in misery.

One woman stopped her car at one of the waves we attended and thrust out a check to the nearest person who looked to be in charge.  “Here!” she said, “I’ve been watching both sides of the issue (the no’s were on the other side of the street), and you guys are just awesome.  I know it’s late in the game but take my donation and keep up the good work!”

This time we did it.  We came together, showed our solidarity and our strength, next time will we see it coming as clearly?  Today our eyes are open.  Keep vigilant.  We have the ball, but the game isn’t over.

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For more on the activist gay agenda see Activist Michael Swift’s strongly worded article:

Michael Swift: “Gay Revolutionary”

from Gay Community News, Feb. 15-21, 1987

on how he envisions the ideal world for gays….not for the faint of heart:

http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/pwh/swift1.html

Mormons Stole Our Rights!!!

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Mormons Stole Your Rights………Huh?

Get the Facts:

1. Mormons make up less than 2% of the population of California. There are approximately 800,000 LDS out of a total population of approximately 34 million.

2. Mormon voters were less than 5% of the yes vote. If one estimates that 250,000 LDS are registered voters (the rest being children), then LDS voters made up 4.6% of the Yes vote and 2.4% of the total Proposition 8 vote.

3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) donated no money to the Yes on 8 campaign. Individual members of the Church were encouraged to support the Yes on 8 efforts and, exercising their constitutional right to free speech, donated whatever they felt like donating.

4. The No on 8 campaign raised more money than the Yes on 8 campaign. Unofficial estimates put No on 8 at $38 million and Yes on 8 at $32 million, making it the most expensive non-presidential election in the country.

5. Advertising messages for the Yes on 8 campaign are based on case law and real-life situations. The No on 8 supporters have insisted that the Yes on 8 messaging is based on lies. Every Yes on 8 claim is supported.

6. The majority of our friends and neighbors voted Yes on 8. Los Angeles County voted in favor of Yes on 8. Ventura County voted in favor of Yes on 8.

7. African Americans overwhelmingly supported Yes on 8. Exit polls show that 70% of Black voters chose Yes on 8. This was interesting because the majority of these voters voted for President-elect Obama. No on 8 supporters had assumed that Obama voters would vote No on 8.

8. The majority of Latino voters voted Yes on 8. Exit polls show that the majority of Latinos supported Yes on 8 and cited religious beliefs (assumed to be primarily Catholic).

9. The Yes on 8 coalition was a broad spectrum of religious organizations. Catholics, Evangelicals, Protestants, Orthodox Jews, Muslims – all supported Yes on 8. It is estimated that there are 10 million Catholics and 10 million Protestants in California. Mormons were a tiny fraction of the population represented by Yes on 8 coalition members.

10. Not all Mormons voted in favor of Proposition 8. Our faith accords that each person be allowed to choose for him or her self. Church leaders have asked members to treat other members with “civility, respect and love,” despite their differing views.

11. The Church did not violate the principal of separation of church and state. This principle is derived from the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .” The phrase “separation of church and state”, which does not appear in the Constitution itself, is generally traced to an 1802 letter by Thomas Jefferson, although it has since been quoted in several opinions handed down by the United States Supreme Court in recent years. The LDS Church is under no obligation to refrain from participating in the political process, to the extent permitted by law. U.S. election law is very clear that Churches may not endorse candidates, but may support issues. The Church has always been very careful on this matter and occasionally (not often) chooses to support causes that it feels to be of a moral nature.

Before you point fingers understand the facts.  Mormons have Freedoms too.

Before you point fingers understand the facts. Mormons have freedoms too.

12. Supporters of Proposition 8 did exactly what the Constitution provides for all citizens: they exercised their First Amendment rights to speak out on an issue that concerned them, make contributions to a cause that they support, and then vote in the regular electoral process. For the most part, this seems to have been done in an open, fair, and civil way. Opponents of 8 have accused supporters of being bigots, liars, and worse. The fact is, we simply did what Americans do – we spoke up, we campaigned, and we voted.

this information was taken here at facebook

the original is from a letter written by Kevin Hamilton of Newbury Park, CA.  See the original letter here

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