Friday, November 7, 2008

Equalizing the Attack

The Mormon church has been singled out by protesters because it was so instrumental in passing California's anti-gay proposition 8:

During the campaign, a website established by Proposition 8 opponents used campaign finance data and other public records to track Mormon political contributions to the Yes-on-8 campaign. Opponents estimated that members of the church had given more than $20 million, but the amount is difficult to confirm since the state does not track the religious affiliation of donors ...

Members and leaders of the Catholic Church and other Christian churches were also heavily involved in the campaign to pass Proposition 8. The Knights of Columbus, which is tied to the Catholic Church, gave $1 million, and several evangelical groups gave millions more. But they have not come under the same kind of attack.
The latter is indeed an injustice I intend to correct in my own small way, as all these churches deserve to be attacked.

They deserve to be attacked for joining in a coalition that encompasses many an impassioned theological difference but shares in the conviction that ancient, supposedly-divine teachings about gays aren't strong or convincing enough on their own but must be validated and buttressed by the state.

They deserve to be attacked for their shared bigotry, a bigotry strong enough to have pulled millions of dollars out of their pockets during hard economic times -- overturning a state court decision recognizing marriage equality became, for a broad swath of faith communities in California (and beyond), a higher priority than the beneficial works religious apologists routinely impute to themselves. How many needy Californians could have been fed, clothed, sheltered, taught, protected, or otherwise assisted with the millions of dollars spent instead on erasing marriages?

They deserve to be attacked for perpetuating the lie that state-recognized marriages infringe their rights in some fashion.

I could go on, but that's enough for now.

2 comments:

tina FCD said...

Well said. While I was reading this, I was thinking, what a waste of money!

Dale said...

Tina, thanks. It's a staggering amount of money that does staggeringly little to improve the lives of human beings. It's worth recalling the next time a believer starts blubbering about all the good done in gawd's name.

I love your profile picture, by the way.