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.

H/T: Rusty

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4 comments so far

  1. Wanderley Reis on

    I just moved to California with my wife and kids, and we were glad to support Prop 8. Below, you will find a new release issued by our fellows Catholics, which is posted also in the LDS.org

    Catholic Bishop Decries Religious Bigotry Against Mormons

    SACRAMENTO 7 November 2008 (This news release was issued by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento) The following statement was released today by Bishop William Weigand, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento and former Bishop of Salt Lake City, in response to attacks on (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) for supporting California’s Proposition 8, defending the traditional definition of marriage:

    “Catholics stand in solidarity with our Mormon brothers and sisters in support of traditional marriage — the union of one man and one woman — that has been the major building block of Western Civilization for millennia.

    “The ProtectMarriage coalition, which led the successful campaign to pass Proposition 8, was an historic alliance of people from every faith and ethnicity. LDS were included — but so were Catholics and Jews, Evangelicals and Orthodox, African-Americans and Latinos, Asians and Anglos.

    “Bigoted attacks on Mormons for the part they played in our coalition are shameful and ignore the reality that Mormon voters were only a small part of the groundswell that supported Proposition 8.

    “As the former bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, I can attest to the fact that followers of the Mormon faith are a good and generous people with a long history of commitment to family and giving to community causes.

    “I personally decry the bigotry recently exhibited towards the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — coming from the opponents of Proposition 8, who ironically, have called those of us supporting traditional marriage intolerant.

    “I call upon the supporters of same-sex marriage to live by their own words — and to refrain from discrimination against religion and to exercise tolerance for those who differ from them. I call upon them to accept the will of the people of California in the passage of Proposition 8.”

    SOURCE: Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento

  2. Ryan on

    Here come the brown shirts. Shouting down any opposition.

  3. […] second point here is something I mentioned in my last post; the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints did not pass Proposition 8; A majority of […]

  4. Aaeon on

    The problem is is that it is socially acceptable to hate and disrespect Mormons. If this anger was directed at blacks well I think we know what the response would be from the black community and the national media.

    It’s great and all that the gays want to march and show their displeasure with the outcome of the vote. But show a little respect, this is coming from the community everyone thought was tolerant and accepting of all types of lifestyles and opinions.

    The people of California have spoken, it’s unfortunate though because this will likely be overturned by the state supreme court again until this minority group of gays get their way.


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