Boycott Utah for California’s Choice


California Prop 8 Foes Pitch Fit to Boycott Utah

The opposition to the passage of proposition 8, the marriage amendment, has focused it’s anger and frustration almost exclusively on the LDS community.  Bloggers and websites have sprung up determined to run Utah’s economy into the ground.  Now, I can’t speak for the LDS church, but regarding the effort to boycott the state, I think it’s a bunch of sour grapes.  “We lost California!  Punish Utah!”  So let’s get this straight, the voice of the people in overturned gay activists TWICE in California so now we’re going to go pummel Utah for it?   Sounds like a serious case of denial to blame their loss in California on the good citizens of Utah.  See this quote from the AP:

Utah’s growing tourism industry and the star-studded Sundance Film Festival are being targeted for a boycott by bloggers, gay-rights activists and others seeking to punish the LDS Church for its aggressive promotion of California’s ban on gay marriage.

It could be a heavy price to pay. Tourism brings in $6 billion a year to Utah, with world-class skiing, a spectacular red rock country and the film festival founded by Robert Redford, among other popular tourist draws.

“The main focus is going to be going after the Utah brand,” (D.C. blogger John Aravosis) said. “At this point, honestly, we’re going to destroy the Utah brand. It is a hate state.”

What it really boils down to is a frustration with the people of California who exercised their God given freedoms to choose their laws.   Scapegoating is a favorite past time of the frustrated, and this time it’s the LDS church that is bearing the brunt of the persecution.  Churches have always spoken out on moral issues, they have not only the right to do so, but the responsibility to do so.  Marriage is fundamentally a moral issue.

Singling the LDS church out from the rest of the coalition is just a means of intimidation in a hope that the LDS church will somehow change it’s stand on the issue of the importance of marriage.  It’ll never happen.  The violence and vandalism, the graffiti and epithets are all designed to intimidate members of the Christian community and shame them for expressing their free speech.  Persecution just reinforces the image of intolerant, in-your-face gay activists who as Mayor Newsom said so eloquently, want what they want at any cost, “whether you like it or not.”

Prop 8 won fair and square, it wasn’t the LDS church that cast all those votes, it was the people.  The people have spoken, their voices have been heard.  Time to move on.

See this story from the AP in the Deseret News:

Utah Intimidation Boycott



  1. prop8discussion said,

    November 11, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    What they don’t know, is that when people want to make fun of mormons, try to tease them about their beliefs, try persecute them…we say, BRING IT!

    Our response is to be kind and successful anyways.

    Remember when we got kicked out of the united states (with an “extermination order” by the governor of Illinois?
    We moved to Utah. A desolate desert. We built Salt Lake City– one of the most well planned (and gorgeous) cities in the United States.
    That was AFTER we built Nauvoo– unquestionably THE most beautiful city in the united states at the time (out of a marsh wasteland), with a temple that dwarfed in gorgeousness, any other building in the west.

    Sorry for the capital letters, think italics when you read it.

    Utah will be just fine. but if they want a boycott…bring it!

  2. beetlebabee said,

    November 11, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Score P8. Call them out on their boycott. You’re awesome. Raise it one, anyone got a list of companies that support the gay community? The boycott game goes both ways.

  3. busywithconviction said,

    November 11, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    I genuinely don’t think the boycott game works in your favor beetlebabee. Here is a list of just a few companies who support the gay rights movement financially: Burger King, Pepsico, Frito Lay, Wells Fargo, Kodak, Levi’s, Pacific Gas & Electric Co, Motorola, American Express, Shop n Save, Cub Foods, Blue Cross of California, Comcast, Capitol One, Coors Light, AT&T, Marriott, Ramada, Hilton, Southwest Airlines, Johnson & Johnson, UPS. If you add in those who opposed Prop 8 the list get longer. This would include Google, which I don’t think I can go without. Granted I could boycott Coors Light, but I don’t think that is going to hurt their bottom line, since I already don’t drink.

    The only people they are hurting is the Utah’s: Mormon and Non-Mormon a like. I am fairly curtain that Robert Redford is not a Mormon. It seems ridiculous to boycott the state the Church’s headquarters are in. If the opposition is looking for other areas to boycott they could boycott any company who has a LDS member working for them, that would be one long list. Or better yet, any country the church is recognized in. I think that would even include China since the Mormon’s have a temple in Hong Kong.

  4. debbie said,

    November 11, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    In a boycott, you can always think small, like the entertainment industry. The holidays are upon us, and the economy is tanking. Are there any movies that could be boycotted? And is there anything worth watching anyway? I think I may encourage my children to read a good classic and forget the movies for awhile. Then you could indirectly boycott other industries because of product placement.

  5. lahona said,

    November 12, 2008 at 6:07 am

    I really don’t think that we need to boycott anything. Give it time and the anger of the gay community will subside. I dont believe we need to sink to that level and use the same tactics that they are using. Let us show them a better way. Let us take the higher road. Lets let the light of our actions shine as an example to those who are watching of what it means to be a follower of Christ. The world is watching us, to see our reaction to this persicution. We need to be wise and represent ourselves the church and the Savior in our words and actions.

  6. beetlebabee said,

    November 12, 2008 at 8:13 am

    Aw Lahona. You’re no fun. I don’t watch movies anyway. I’m a netflix girl.

    Seriously though, if we ever DID want to send a message, I think we could, and more than that, I think we’d have a moral obligation to do so. If you think about it, how did the gay lobby get all it’s money to do what they do? Have you seen the funding they get from the companies that donate to them? It’s worth it’s own post. We support them with the money We give to companies that are sympathetic to their cause.

    The gay lobby isn’t on the ballot anymore, but we vote for them every day with our wallets.

  7. debbie said,

    November 12, 2008 at 10:09 am

    In the paper today I read about the protests that are being organized here in SD and nationwide. After letting my mind wander I came up with what I think is a great idea. What if, nationwide, one child’s movie was chosen to be boycotted during the holiday season and one DVD. Just one. That may effect Coca Cola at the concessions. AND the money that would have been spent on the movie could be spent on books to be given away. Barnes and Noble gives customers an opportunity to purchase a book to give the Children’s Hospital here in SD. We boycott and do a good turn. Could be interesting.
    What do you think?

  8. debbie said,

    November 12, 2008 at 10:18 am

    And the anger is not going to subside. In the SD Union, postings on Prop 8 articles are astonishing in their magnitude of, for lack of a better word, hate. I think a line is being drawn.

  9. November 12, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Barnes and Noble gives customers an opportunity to purchase a book to give the Children’s Hospital here in SD. We boycott and do a good turn. Could be interesting.
    What do you think?

    I think you all are hypocrites of the worse kind. WOW! you want to have the right to believe in your top hat and tablets (which by the way is totally WHACKED) but you refuse to let anyone be different than you.

    So sad and completely pitiful.

  10. Ben said,

    November 12, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    I like how that person thinks the the South Park episode that jokes about Mormons(rather badly i might add) is what they believe in.
    Also no boycott on either side will actually DO anything. Lawsuits won’t DO anything. Taking kids out of school will DO nothing. All they do is voice unnecessary outrage and will not actually DO anything. This applies to both sides. If you boycott and take your kids out of school it doesnt affect the other sides opinion. The only way for them to really change this decision by the majority is to either appeal to the supreme court(which is conservative at this time) or to wait 2-4 more years and put it on the ballot again. And after seeing how they reacted to losing in 2008 most people who were on the fence in 2008 will be firmly on the side of Traditional Marriage in another couple of years. So essentially stop plotting to do exactly what they are planning to do to you. Revenge never results in any good.

  11. debbie said,

    November 12, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    its not that i dont ‘let’ any one believe different, just that i dont want to be forced to agree with someone i think is wrong.

    Why do they care so much what i think? why do i have to agree with them?
    heres some math
    wickedness never was happiness so
    Misery loves company wich means
    Wickedness loves company

    Well sorry, but i wont be sucked into agreeing with someone just to shut them up. its come down to a battle of whose going to hold out the longest. i’m a mother, ive got experience in holding out on someone elses pleadings (or whining).

  12. denab31 said,

    November 12, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    I am amazed that everyone feels that the resolution to hate is more hate. There is no reason that a religious group does not have the right to make their opinions heard, and this goes for supporters of Prop 8 as well. This is why we live in America. We all want to have the right to make our own decisions. It is one thing to oppose an idea, but another to hate a type of people. This is true on both sides of the arguement. Where does it end? When no one is speaking to anyone because no one quite shares the same viewpoint as you? I for one have faith in democracy and believe that everyone has the right to make their voice heard, and then vote. Once voting has been tallied, it is counterproductive to hate the side that has the majority of votes–and even more ridiculous to hate the ones that are retaliating. I for one, am saddened that people think that targeting the LDS faith will solve anything, but am even more distraught that people who are upset by this have decided to be involved in the same activities that are frusterating to them from the other side. That is very hypocritical.

  13. beetlebabee said,

    November 12, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    Dena, it’s not a hate thing, it’s a responsibility thing. It’s like spending your money on big car gas. Now, I have a big car, so I have very little room to speak here, but we all know that part of those proceeds go to the wrong hands over in the middle east. So… the math. Responsible Consumerism doesn’t necessarily mean hate.

  14. beetlebabee said,

    November 12, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    You know, it’s always curious to me that people are so eager to see hate on “both sides”. As if they’re afraid to take a stand because then they’d be a target. It’s easier to stay “above the fray” with no moral certitude, gumption or guts. If you believe something, don’t be afraid to stand up for it. If you don’t, people will walk all over you, your children and your rights.

    Have you seen the video of the little old lady getting shouted down at a “no on 8” protest and her property destroyed before her eyes?? The whole thing was caught LIVE on the news and the anchor at the desk looks right into the camera and says, There you have it, Hate on both sides.

    It would be riotously funny if it was SNL, but it wasn’t, it was national tv.

  15. debbie said,

    November 12, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    When I saw the video with the elderly woman and heard the reporter/commentor make the comment about hate on both sides, I was wondering if we were watching the same clip. Pretty disgusting. It’s one thing to turn the other cheek, but we do need to defend our rights, our freedoms, and mostly, our families.
    This was an excellent example of a slanted media. Are gays untouchable? How blnd have can a person be? That was the most embarassing video clip I have ever seen. What if that woman had been your own mother, total disrespect.

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