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LDS Members to Phone and Walk For California’s Prop 8

Jim Burroway

August 10th, 2008

The following letter will be read to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS, a.k.a Mormons) in San Francisco this morning. We don’t know if it will be read in wards and stakes elsewhere in California.


DO NOT READ, COMMENT ON IN SACRAMENT MEETINGS, OR PRINT IN WEEKLY PROGRAMS:

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING POINTS IN RELIEF SOCIETY AND PRIESTHOOD OPENING EXERCISES THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, ONLY.

1. The First Presidency’s letter dated June 20, 2008, to all Church members in California states, “we ask that you do all you can to support the proposed constitutional amendment by donating of your means and time…”

2. In connection with the Proposition 8 campaign’s grassroots efforts, the supporting coalition, of which the Church is a member, will hold three walk/phone days to help generate voter support on August 16, 23 and September 6. We invite everyone who can do so to please participate either by “walking” that is, visiting homes door to door in assigned neighborhoods, or by phoning neighbors in specific assigned neighborhoods, for three hours each of these three days.

3. Church members who have been asked to help with the campaign will be calling you at your homes to officially ask you to help and give you further information about where and what time to meet this Saturday

4. They will also ask you to bring a friend from another faith to assist.

We, as a Bishopric, ask you to please participate in this important endeavor. The First Presidency also stated that “our best efforts are required to preserve the sacred institution of marriage.”

Family: It’s about time!

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Charles
August 10th, 2008 | LINK

Amazing! They willfully use the resources and authority of their church to distribute this information, and to dictate the response of The Flock… And, since they’re conscious of what this could (eventually) mean for the tax-exempt status of their land and properties, they warn them to keep it on the down-low. >:(

AJ
August 10th, 2008 | LINK

Fundamentalism: It’s about crime!

Rob
August 10th, 2008 | LINK

So which GLTB organization in SF is going to be out there dogging them? Following them every step they take, up to every front door to ask them why they think that they should be taking away the rights of people in the name of the lord?

Just curious

cd
August 10th, 2008 | LINK

This does provide an opportunity to write and distribute a pamphlet in California entitled “Why the LDS Church (Mormons) Really Needs Prop. 8 Passed”.

mimosa
August 10th, 2008 | LINK

This site is an attempt to support active LDS folks who oppose the amendment, and to educate people who just aren’t sure what to do about it. Comments and stories are welcome, but must be reasonable and respectful in tone.
http://www.mormonsformarriage.com

Rob
August 10th, 2008 | LINK

Mimosa;

who was your comment directed towards?

Protect Marriage Equality » CA: LDS Members Urged to Phone and Walk For Prop 8
August 11th, 2008 | LINK

[...] reported by Box Turtle Bulletin, the following letter was to be read during Sunday morning services to San Francisco LDS (Mormon) [...]

Rob
August 11th, 2008 | LINK

Sorry Mimosa, I mis-read your comment.

Liz Ditz
August 11th, 2008 | LINK

My post on the issue

http://lizditz.typepad.com/i_speak_of_dreams/2008/08/families-create.html

Sophia
August 11th, 2008 | LINK

What can we do to get the word out to the media that Mormons will be doing this walk? In some places people have been told not to go two by two or wear white shirts and ties, and not to tell people they are Mormon. I think it would be good to send letters to the editors of major papers telling about the Mormon canvassing. Better yet, if anyone knows any media people, maybe someone would like to do a story on this. I think the public has a right to know who is coming to their doors, and why.

cowboy
August 11th, 2008 | LINK

It’s perfectly legal for Mormons to do as the letter instructs. And as a point of clarification, not all Mormons wear white shirts and ties. They’re not THAT regimented. Only the 2×2 Missionaries dress in that ‘uniform’ and wear the black plastic name tags.

I’m not defending the Mormons but they are somewhat obligated to do what they are instructed by their Prophet and their leaders. There are some Mormons who don’t agree with this dictate from the LDS General Authorities but they are such a very minute minority in the Church. But in the minds of most Saints you are not to question the letter or its instructions. It is a commandment.

I haven’t heard from any of my family if they were read any letter in church yesterday. I know they probably are respectful of my feelings and would rather not talk about it. As it is so often with gay issues, it is a: Don’t ask and we won’t tell you.

Deep inside I would welcome some sort of a sit down conversation…over a non-caffeinated drink. I want to ask my family, my friends, my neighbors and my co-workers just what about me is so wrong that they feel they need some piece of legislation enacted.

I’m not a horrible person because I’m not able to attain their lofty goal of marrying some woman in the Temple. I have given up on that aspiration a long time ago. I just want to find some man who understands my quirks and foibles and maybe, just maybe, he would want to share a meaningful life together.

But, I would love to ask a few of my friends just how they feel wanting to deny me the same rights and privileges they enjoy. I want to sit across from them and I want to see the looks in their eyes when they try to rationalize what they are doing in the name of their Church.

Orson Scott Card: homophobic Humpty Dumpty at Feminist SF - The Blog!
August 12th, 2008 | LINK

[...] the Mormons who have volunteered to promote Proposition 8 from door to door and by phone calls (a follow-up letter to be read on Sunday 10th August to priesthood (men) and Relief Society (women) meetings says We [...]

talkstocoyotes
August 15th, 2008 | LINK

I’m not defending the Mormons but they are somewhat obligated to do what they are instructed by their Prophet and their leaders. There are some Mormons who don’t agree with this dictate from the LDS General Authorities but they are such a very minute minority in the Church. But in the minds of most Saints you are not to question the letter or its instructions. It is a commandment.

Maybe this would make a good catchphrase on a picket sign — “Mindless Robots For Christ Support Prop 8″, something likethat.

Chino Blanco
August 19th, 2008 | LINK

LDS ‘Yes on 8′ Game Plan

I’ve posted a letter sent from Boyd K. Packer on July 28th to the LDS stake presidents in California:

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/8/19/224211/910/755/570793

Apparently, there is a plan in place to put up one million ‘Yes on 8′ yard signs at 7:00 am on September 22nd.

Danny Roman
November 7th, 2008 | LINK

I don’t understand how the Mormons can justify spending over 20 million dollars to pass Prop 8. Why do they care so much who I want to marry? I don’t care about who they marry, and what they choose to do behind closed doors. I’ve learned recently that they are also polygymists – does that upset me? no, not at all, I think it’s great if that’s what they want, I could care less, it’s their life, and as long as they are not hurting anyone, let them do as they please.

So now, all this money spent, on both sides of the battle, It makes no sense, do they think we’re ever going to stop? We could have fed a small starving nation for the next 5 years with the money spent on prop 8. Wake up MORMONS!!

Future generations are going to look back at you the same way we look back and frown on slave owners, natzi’s ,etc.

So i ask you to think about what you’re doing here. You are wrong on so many different levels…

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