These activists unwittingly are being used as pawns as a means to destroy the 1st Amendment, marching to the drum of their “leaders.” With any movement, there is always risk of it being hijacked and moved forward by those whose main object and agenda is the further destruction of the Bill of Rights, in this case the 1st Amendment.
These gay activists boycotting businesses is a legitimate way to protest, provided they don’t step beyond legal bounds at a place of business. It would appear however that their tactics are not those of “tolerance,” nor fair mindedness or “kindness” as given by this first hand account.
Bigotry is defined as: “intolerance towards those who hold different opinions from oneself.”
In California, bigotry from the “No on 8″ side has been widespread, venom and hate spewed forth, vandalism, destruction of property and endless thievery of yard signs.
Anti-Religious Bigotry in England resulted with William Tyndale burned alive in the 16th century for printing the English Bible. This was the “tolerance” for religion in England that pushed boatload after boatload of Englishman to the eastern seaboard of America seeking freedom.
Thomas Jefferson swore eternal hostility toward any form of tyranny upon the mind of man:
“I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”
Religious Liberty was of the highest order and concern to these colonists, and the very first of their spelled out “Bill of Rights” reads:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
So, the First Amendment was to keep the damned hand of government tyranny off of religion, for “Congress shall make no law” concerning religion, and neither shall the damned Soviet Courts in the United States today. Prop 8 was not an “anti-gay” measure, but a 1st Amendment measure to protect religion from the wicked courts who are hostile and seek an inroad at slaughtering the First Amendment. Judges the ilk of Governor Lilburn W. Boggs of Missouri with his infamous “extermination order” against the Mormon’s are ready and anxious to criminalize religion if they can do so.
An example of these most wicked courts. Recently, the USSR, Soviet US District Court in San Francisco ruled that “parental rights are severed” when a child crosses the threshold of the school. Where did this Stalin/Mao/Hitlarian ruling come from? Straight from a tyrannical hell, a US Court that is as un-American as anything you hear of today. People 30 years ago would have laughed you to scorn if you would have predicted a court ruling could take place in America that followed the Marxist ideology of the USSR. But, here we are. Such Soviet rulings have been made and will continue to be made. That ruling enforced a plank of the Communist Manifesto. Such Justices salivate for the ground work to be laid so as to criminalize and prosecute religion. Prop 8 put in a legal protection from their being able to do so over the marriage question.
Respecting religion and the “free exercise thereof,” churches absolutely must defend against these damned, wicked courts who now “make law” which the 1st Amendment prohibits Congress from doing, regarding religion.
I hope, in a nutshell, this explains the real issue. What a damned lie to say this is “hate filled” by churches. Churches did not start this battle, but they shall be destroyed if they don’t stand up and defend the 1st Amendment. It is their defense against hate filled judges who will begin criminalizing churches as soon as they can get an inroad to do so. Marriage as defined as a “man and a woman” is a buffer against such tyranny upon the 1st Amendment. Gay people can have every right and do so under the law. The only difference is their “domestic unions” are not given the legal definition to be a “marriage” which protects churches from a ruthless tyrannical government hell bent upon legislating it into oblivion by the Secularist High Priests of the State Religion of Secularism—the Judges.
Mormon’s, more than any other people on earth today, perhaps, ought to know what governments can do, for in the 19th Century, the US Federal government sought to “destroy the LDS Church as an institution” as Gordon B. Hinckley expressed a while back. It is true, murder of leadership, their imprisonment, lootings, rape, robbings, plunder, seizure of assets, burning of temples, shutting down of temples, “extermination orders,” it’s all been had before, and is prophesied to transpire again. We’re fools to let it come about easily by not seeking to ensure the 1st Amendment is of force, keeping judges damned hands from “making law” against religion and “the free exercise thereof.” Thus, those crying that this is an unfair fight at “denying rights” from gay couples are liars, and the best line sophistry sold in the 2008 election year.
We can remember with those now who shall suffer with earning losses and being targeted, that they are standing noble. It was Neil A. Maxwell who warned against those who would be lesser saints, not willing to “risk” losing their place in the synagogue, though they did believe in Jesus:
“The Prophet’s [Joseph Smith] life was thus one of high achievement amid deep disappointment. Brethren, how will we endure our own peaks and valleys? Will we so submit individually, or will we be ‘stiff and refractory’?
“Joseph became fully consecrated and grew in a ‘spiritual crescendo.’ (History of the Church, 6:317.) Will we do the same, brethren, by witnessing to our families, friends, and flocks—not only through our verbal testimonies but also by our developmental examples? We can do this by becoming ever more visibly the men of Christ!
“Or will we be like those who were decent but who lacked the courage to declare openly for Jesus and who were afraid of losing their places in the synagogue? (John 12:42–43.) There are so many equivalent situations today, and some Church members are reluctant to risk losing their places! Each day we decide the degree of our discipleship. Each day we answer the question, ‘Who’s on the Lord’s side? Who?’ ”
Then, this stunning end to his talk:
“Now, my brethren, ‘these are [your] days’ (Hel. 7:9) in the history of the Church. Mark well what kind of days they will be, days when, with special visibility, the Lord will ‘make bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations.’ (D&C 133:3.) God will also ‘hasten’ His work. (D&C 88:73.) He will also ‘shorten’ the last days ‘for the elect’s sake’; hence, there will be a compression of events. (Matt. 24:22; JS—M 1:20.) Furthermore, ‘all things shall be in commotion.’ (D&C 88:91.) Only those in the process of becoming the men and women of Christ will be able to keep their spiritual balance. Brethren, may we ‘walk by faith,’ and, if necessary, even on our knees! In the name of the Lord of the universe, even Jesus Christ, amen.” (Neal A. Maxwell, “‘My Servant Joseph’,” Ensign, May 1992, 37)
Elder Worthlin too said:
“Unfortunately, some in the Church may believe sincerely that their testimony is a raging bonfire when it really is little more than the faint flickering of a candle .. .
“Some people are weak in their faith and testimonies but are not even aware of how precarious their situation is. Many of them likely would be offended at the suggestion. They raise their right hand to sustain Church leaders and then murmur and complain when a decision does not square with their way of thinking. They claim to be obedient to God’s commandments but do not feel at all uncomfortable about purchasing food at the store on Sunday and then asking the Lord to bless it. Some say they would give their lives for the Lord, yet they refuse to serve in the nursery.” (Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Spiritual Bonfires of Testimony,” Ensign, Nov. 1992, 34)
I think it is unfortunate that so many are now weak in testimony, failing to follow Ezra Taft Benson’s repeated theme to “keep your eye” on the President of the Church, not looking with an eye of faith, with “all patience and faith.” Here is amazing counsel of Harold B. Lee, which President Benson reiterated:
“We have some tight places to go before the Lord is through with this church and the world in this dispensation, which is the last dispensation, which shall usher in the coming of the Lord. The gospel was restored to prepare a people ready to receive him. The power of Satan will increase; we see it in evidence on every hand. There will be inroads within the Church. … We will see those who profess membership but secretly are plotting and trying to lead people not to follow the leadership that the Lord has set up to preside in this church.
“Now the only safety we have as members of this church is to do exactly what the Lord said to the Church in that day when the Church was organized. We must learn to give heed to the words and commandments that the Lord shall give through his prophet, ‘as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me; … as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.’ (D&C 21:4–5.) There will be some things that take patience and faith. You may not like what comes from the authority of the Church. … But if you listen to these things, as if from the mouth of the Lord himself, with patience and faith, the promise is that ‘the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name’s glory.’ (D&C 21:6.)” (In Conference Report, Oct. 1970, p. 152.)(Ezra Taft Benson, “Valiant in the Testimony of Jesus,” Ensign, May 1982, 62)
May the Lord Help us all in the tests that will try us, as well as try our discernment of issues.
VOTE YES on 8 To Forgo Government Tyranny Upon the 1st Amendment!
An accounting of some of the tyranny upon Religion even with a Bill of Rights is read here: