Saturday, October 18, 2008

How good it is going to feel to defeat the Church on Prop 8

Lately, I have cared less and less about the Church. It is quickly becoming irrelevant in my life. But, I do have to say that it is going to feel real good to defeat the Church on Prop 8 when they have poured so many resources into persuading others to pass it.

I just don't think organizations and their leaders who defraud people should win. And I do believe the Church hierarchy deceives its members, especially Boyd Packer and Dallin Oaks. How dare they take advantage of the pure hearts of so many good people who believe their misrepresentations and distortions, and invest so much because of them? I have no idea who all knows the Church isn't what it claims to be, but the words of Boyd and Dallin indicate to me that at minimum, they do.

Two, I really want gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered couples to enjoy equal protection under the law and the freedom to marry the one they love just like heterosexuals can.

Three, my work in opposing Prop 8 is kind of a small penance I am paying for the things I did while in the Church that was not in the best interest of gays. I served on a Bishopric council that disciplined and counseled a gay friend of mine with the intent to make him think that his homosexual attractions were wrong and that through some cognitive retraining he might diminish those desires. After leaving the Church I apologized to that man for the role I played in those meetings. He is much happier now out of the closet and out of the Church.

Anyway, I really want the Church to lose on Prop 8. Hopefully, if all things go well, on Wednesday morning, November 5th, I will be celebrating both an Obama win and a defeat of Prop 8 in California.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Hollywood Declares "Don't Vote"

If you haven't registered yet or if you have but don't think you'll vote this election (or are amused by attempts at reverse psychology) take a look at this: