Posts Tagged ‘Prop 8’

Summer is Upon Us, Let Us Not Then Complain of the Heat

LA police stand watch at the LA temple Thursday evening.

LAPD officers stand watch at the LA temple Thursday evening.

This evening we had the pleasure to go as a ward family to the Oakland temple. We were fortunate to have only a lone protester standing outside the gate when we left at 8:30. Later at his house, Bishop Bain directed me to this talk. I am shocked by how apt it is to the current fervor over Proposition 8 and the current state of our country. Wise words 30 years ago, and still very insightful and thought provoking today.

The following is an excerpt from the talk

“Meeting the Challenges of Today”

by NEAL A. MAXWEL, Oct. 1978
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Discipleship includes good citizenship; and in this connection, if you are careful students of the statements of the modern prophets, you will have noticed that with rare exceptions–especially when the First Presidency has spoken out–the concerns expressed have been over moral issues, not issues between political parties. The declarations are about principles, not people, and causes, not candidates. …

But make no mistake about it, brothers and sisters, in the months and years ahead, events are likely to require each member to decide whether or not he will follow the First Presidency. Members will find it more difficult to halt longer between two opinions (see 1 Kings 18:21).

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Facebook and Politics

Facebook DuelI love Facebook. I have been able to connect with so many past acquaintances and friends it is amazing. What I love most about Facebook is the ability for me to share my life with my friends in a way that I have never been able to before. I see a window into their experiences and beliefs, and they into mine. Lately I have had a number of really good discussion with some of my friends, for those who are not in on the Facebook scene, I thought I’d re-post some of them here.

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Betrayal and Hope

the_familyAn article appeared in the Contra Costa Times last Thursday that sparked a wave of controversy and emotion. The article tried to make the point that the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints “leadership’s sway over the issue of homosexuality may be weakening” and that there is a significant group of church members who are standing up to speak out against President Monson and his call to support the November ballot measure. After a variety of comments in church meetings today I decided to republish the article here (click read more) as well as the forum comments that resulted from the article (following the page break). I use the handle sloarch07 in the comments.

I want to encourage my friends and family who support and sustain (or merely agree with) President Monson to speak out and be a voice in defense of marriage online, at school, and in the workplace. If we don’t speak out who will? Please do what you can for this important effort.

Feel free to use some of the comments I made as inspiration to post on other online forums or in speaking with your friends. I don’t purport to have all the answers but hopefully I will inspire you to speak boldly and with love. I also would encourage you to read President Monson’s Letter and remember that this is an assignment given to us from a Prophet of God.

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The Expansion of Judicial Power

Gay MarriageAlthough I am troubled by today’s California Supreme Court ruling, overturning proposition 22, overwhelmingly adopted by the California People in 2000, I am more troubled by the fact that our judiciary, once again, has turned farther from it’s role as interpreters of law and instead has blatantly added to law and thus ruling as a benevolent dictator, taking on the role of the legislature, and undermining the basic principle of a republic, the right of the people to rule themselves. The 4 to 3 vote by 7 unelected justices has now declared law for over 30,000,000 Californian citizens.

Justice Baxter, one of the thee dissenting votes, eloquently expresses my own thoughts in his opinion. His opinion is partially concurring and partially dissenting majority of four justices.

“Only one other American state recognizes the right the majority announces today. So far, Congress, and virtually every court to consider the issue, has rejected it. Nothing in our Constitution, express or implicit, compels the majority’s startling conclusion that the age-old understanding of marriage —an understanding recently confirmed by an initiative law — is no longer valid. California statutes already recognize same-sex unions and grant them all the substantive legal rights this state can bestow. If there is to be a further sea change in the social and legal understanding of marriage itself, that evolution should occur by similar democratic means. The majority forecloses this ordinary democratic process, and, in doing so, oversteps its authority….

“But a bare majority of this court, not satisfied with the pace of democratic change, now abruptly forestalls that process and substitutes, by judicial fiat, its own social policy views for those expressed by the People themselves. Undeterred by the strong weight of state and federal law and authority, the majority invents a new constitutional right, immune from the ordinary process of legislative consideration. The majority finds that our Constitution suddenly demands no less than a permanent redefinition of marriage, regardless of the popular will….

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