Pulling Music from the Mormons as an Act of Protest


 

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Marc Felion of the Feast of Fools posted this You Tube video on the Community Forum page of that site Feast of Fools. This is about the latest type of protest coming against religious organizations who placed financial support behind Prop 8.

Some people have criticized such efforts as religious discrimination.  Again, the issue is that the Mormons, as well as the Catholics and some fundamental Protestant groups entered the political arena as institutions providing political as well as financial support for the passage of Proposition 8 in California.   This is not about religious discrimination. This is about a Civil Rights cause.

The Mormons ( The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) have received a lot of attention and criticism because of the large proportion of monetary support they contributed to the campaign. They also were one of the most galvanized vocal groups.  In so positioning themselves, they have now become the symbol of intolerance and bigotry to those on the opposite site of the issue.

There have been thousands of California residents who now cannot be married because of Proposition 8.  There are thousands who were married under approval of the court prior to the vote whose marriages are now in limbo. These represent individuals who now have become victims of organized bigotry rooted in religious intolerance that has been translated into our democratic process.

This backlash is not going to go away until civil rights are restored. This is the historical trend of our great democracy.  I have also posted a video below with a perspective by one of the nation’s leading historians on the LDS Church, Jan Shipps.

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