Protesters gather outside LDS Temple, don’t seem to realize no one’s there
From the Los Angeles Times:
More than a thousand gay-rights activists gathered Thursday afternoon outside the Mormon temple in Westwood to protest the role Mormons played in passing Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California…
Outside the Los Angeles temple Thursday, dozens of protesters screamed “Bigots” and “Shame on You” at half a dozen men in button-down shirts and ties who looked out at the demonstration from behind the temple’s closed gates.
The men did not respond.
The pictures show the protest happening in the daylight hours. Those “half a dozen men in button-down shirts and ties?” Security and groundskeeping. It’s a work day, and Latter-Day Saints are at work, not at the temple.
While some religions have professional clergy, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints does not. The temple may be very important to our worship, but there won’t be a single leader of the Church at the temple today to hear the protests, with the exception of those leaders whose function is solely to preside over the temple itself. These protesters are wasting their time.
Setting those issues aside, I wonder along with Michelle whether these protestors will target all the groups that supported Proposition 8 or not. A broad group of churches and other organizations made up the coalition which put Proposition 8 on the ballot, and 52% of Californian voters voted it in, including large percentages of Latino and African-American voters. That same voting demographic was repeated throughout the country, where similar measures were passed in Arizona and Florida, and an initiative prohibiting gay couples from adopting children passed in Arkansas. Where is the rage for them?
I suppose the argument could be made that California is different because gay marriage was made temporarily legal by court fiat. However, here in Oregon the same thing happened: county commissioners in Multnomah County decided for themselves to change the law, and the voting public reversed the decision at the next election. I don’t remember huge protests or threats to burn buildings and assault people.
In the end, the bottom line is that the people of California, not just one church or one type of person, passed this law. If you don’t agree with it, there are number of legal means to try to reverse it, not just immediately but throughout your lifetime. That’s how democracy works.
Update: Apparently the rage against African-Americans has started after all. I’m really surprised to see that.