Powered with cash and a built in well oiled organized group of followers, with a theocracy based on obedience to God’s one and only true prophet of God, the Mormons ( the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) were the most influential religious body to exercise its financial and political muscle in California’s passage of proposition 8.
Not since its successful battle against the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in the 70’s, has the Mormon or the LDS Church been as politically active in what it believes is its Heaven directed right to insure that homosexuality is not legally condoned or morally accepted in the United States. It is political will validated by religious belief.
Similar to the right wing fundamental christian extremists in desired results but with more sophistication, power and money. They are also American born, bred, and headquartered- unlike the anti-gay Catholic Church which takes it orders from Rome.
In fact, the Mormons believe that the United States is a land of promise in a religious sense, and this only adds to their fervor to keep it morally upright according to their value system. Scripturally rich, with both the King James Bible and the Book of Mormon as their main Holy texts centered on Jesus Christ, coupled with their belief in continuing revelation, the Mormons believe that God speaks to them today through their prophet.
Obedience to the prophet equals obedience to God. Disobedience to the prophet equals …well you get the picture. Sure they believe and preach free will. However, disobedience to God’s commandments can lead to lost of church membership. Homosexuality is one of those acts that tops that list.
8: The Mormon Proposition is a documentary that has currently been sent and making its round in some independent film festivals. Its main goal is to illustrate the enormous influence that the LDS Church has and continues to have in the opposition of same sex marriage in the United States. It also shows the impact of religious interference in our modern democratic political process and the role of religious money.
There is also the propaganda that is used to dehumanize the LGBT community and the hate that is influenced and nutured from the pulpit and sermons.
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