California LDS members watched a live broadcast concerning Proposition 8 in their chapels last night featuring Elders Ballard, Cook, Bednar and L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy. Over the course of the evening, the brethren addressed the points made in Rusty’s email (see The Email Forward Has Convinced Me. Too Bad I Don’t Live in California) and unequivocally cited them as real potential dangers should the proposition fail (they also mentioned the skewed, world-influenced views some of the saints have adopted regarding SSA).
Here is a clip from the broadcast. Unfortunately, it doesn’t carry the whole broadcast, but does give the general tone.
Throughout the address they made it clear that the defeat of Proposition 8 does affect what could be taught in public schools, does affect the vulnerability of church rights regarding marriage ceremonies, tax exemptions and what’s preached over the pulpit, and does affect the future of the family and the moral fiber of society. Elder Bednar, in particular, used a Q&A format to explain how the failure of Prop 8 would encourage the opposition to test how much further they could expand their powers and influence in the courts, churches, schools, society and homes.
California Mormons were admonished to go from “marathon” to “sprint”-mode this last stretch before the election: Knock on doors, talk with friends, put up yard signs and bumper stickers, sound off on their own blogs, other blogs, Facebook and MySpace pages– spread the word and “get out the vote.” To aid in this endeavor, they introduced a Web site, PreservingMarriage.org, as a source for widgets and video clips to put on your own sites as well as materials to help members be more informed and eloquent when talking with others about the issue.
For what it’s worth, both the message and the Web site seem well-balanced and thorough. There’s a lot of good stuff to draw from– including the admonition to respect and love those whose opinions are contrary to ours. Look at the site yourself and tell me what you think.
IMO, with every day it becomes less and less reasonable for faithful Saints to choose alternative positions (disagreement, apathy) regarding this issue. This isn’t politics, it isn’t homophobia. It’s not the paranoia of a bunch of old men. This is serious Samuel the Lamanite-type stuff (I’ll bet I get called out on that remark).