Trampled by Tolerance

freedom-of-speechTrampled by Tolerance

As I look at how the world has changed in the last week, I’ve been shocked.  When I saw the kindergartners and first graders being taught about same sex marriage while our leaders told us it was impossible, I was shocked.  When the Los Angeles Temple in Westwood was targeted, threatened with arson, I was shocked and alarmed.   When 44 of California’s legislators came out against the will of Californians, when even the Governor of our state came out against the voice of the people, I was shocked.  But when the L.A. Times started providing names of our neighbors who supported the marriage amendment to vigilante mobs, I moved beyond shocked to she-bear rage.  Has the world gone mad?  Where is these people’s sense of decency and honor?

This is everything the proponents of proposition 8 warned would happen…freedom of speech, freedom of religion, parental rights…..all things dear to the heart of democracy and freedom in this country are being set aside for the doctrine of tolerance, which at it’s heart is the epitome of intolerance.    The voice of the people is not being heard, it’s being trampled.

Meridian Magazine today has articulated a thought that has been percolating in my own head for some time.

“One of the most potent arguments against same-sex marriage is that it tramples religious freedom. A group of distinguished legal scholars recently published a book called Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty, Emerging Conflicts . While they fall on both sides of the issue concerning the desirability of same-sex marriage for our culture, they unanimously agree on one point—that a conflict is brewing for religious freedom, which includes freedom of speech.Harvard Law professor Mary Ann Glendon wrote in 2004, during the same-sex marriage debate in Massachusetts, ”the experience in other countries reveals that once these arrangements become law, there will be no live-and-let-live policy for those who differ. Gay-marriage proponents use the language of openness, tolerance, and diversity, yet one foreseeable effect of their success will be to usher in an era of intolerance and discrimination…The ax will fall most heavily on religious persons and groups that don’t go along.”

Religious groups have legitimate concerns that they will be gagged regarding the importance of traditional marriage and family, if same-sex marriage becomes a civil right. Yet, same-sex advocates know it doesn’t take the force of law alone to silence opposition. You can harangue and intimidate people into silence. You can threaten their jobs and target their livelihood—even if they have been at their job for 25 years.”

This is what’s happening before our eyes.  There is ample reason to be alarmed.  If our government will not stand up for our rights, if our voice by the polls is not respected, if our newspapers are tools of the opposition’s mobs, where do we go to be represented?  52% of the people are being disenfranchised by a small but powerful minority whose hue and cry is all about their “rights” while they trample everyone else’s.

The whole system of checks and balances is to provide a way for voices to be heard peacefully.  Without that process to respect and hear the people, what do we have left?  Revolt, anarchy and chaos.  Let’s pray that the system works the way it was designed and that disaster can be avoided.  Are we still part of the United States?  Land of the free?  What kind of message are they sending?

Whether you like it or not.  Whether you vote for us or not.  Whether you elect leaders to represent you or not.  The message is, it doesn’t matter.

Update—A note on the continuing boycotts:

First we heard about Scott Eckern….gave $1000 to proposition 8….was boycotted, lost his job of 25 years.

Then we heard about Marjorie Christoffersen of El Coyote Mexican Restaurant in L.A…….she gave $100 of her personal money to proposition 8…..her business was boycotted because she wouldn’t renounce her Mormon faith.

Now today we hear about the Marriott Hotel Chain.  Rumors abounded today that the Marriott chain of hotels had possibly given money to proposition 8.  In the face of an impending boycott, Mr. Marriott released this statement:

As many of you may know I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some might conclude given my family’s membership in the Mormon Church that our company supported the recent ballot initiative to ban same sex marriage in California. This is simply untrue. Marriott International is a public company headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, and is not controlled by any one individual or family. Neither I, nor the company, contributed to the campaign to pass Proposition 8.

AND…..do you think they were satisfied?  No.  They’re boycotting him anyway!  Not because he donated, no, but because he’s Mormon.  See the ful text of the statement and the reaction here:

http://www.blogs.marriott.com/default.asp?item=2284808

now while this story about the Mariott Hotel chain is getting absolutely no press, I find it interesting that we’ve gone from a thousand dollar infraction, to a hundred dollar infraction to a zero dollar infraction and the reality seems to be, they’re being boycotted because they’re Mormons.  Nothing more.  There’s nothing these people could do to appease short of renounce their faith.

Tolerate?  no, that’s not the issue.  Condoning is the issue.

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