Via Jockhomo… good stuff
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is crying foul as they now somehow feel singled out by the GLBT community protesting the passage of Proposition 8. In a statement released by LDS; ‘It is disturbing that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is being singled out for speaking up as part of its democratic right in a free election…it is wrong to target the Church and its sacred places of worship for being part of the democratic process.’
It’s very nearly laughable that LDS and it’s members are now shocked and dismayed by the GLBT backlash, even though Mormons led a distinct grass roots effort to pass Prop 8. To this date regarding contributions, of those, 3,365 (51%) have been identified as Mormon/likely Mormon. These donations represent $15,305,050.17, or 48% of all donations including political contributions from all fifty states and more than twenty foreign countries. It is a fact that LDS chapels across the country had special donation forms in every foyer of their chapels, and individual were encouraged to use the donation forms so that wards and stakes would ‘get credit for’ specific goals and assessments.
Members themselves admit that without the massive fundraising and organization of LDS, the measure would have failed. Now the church is somehow shocked that their efforts to secure the use of government to impose their world view on people who do not share their faith, have distinct repercussions. Translation, we didn’t think our involvement would create such a public relations nightmare yet call into question actions that cross not only an ethical line but a civil one, seeing as religious institutions misused their resources largely guaranteed from tax exemptions to promote laws that limit civil rights.
Lets not forget the moral implications of funding directed toward promoting laws that restrict the rights of others to be treated equally and calls into question the religious idea of brotherhood, i.e. time and energy away from helping the poor, destitute and hungry. It is unconscionable that a donation in the name of your god, your leader, your bible or doctrine meant one less meal, one less dosage of medicine, for those less fortunate. The zealousness of those seeking total integration of religious law into the daily lives of fellow Americans via their checkbook is appalling, fanatical, and Un-American.
But really, lets give credit where credit is due, there’s been plenty of funding and equal opportunity homophobia to go around. Allow me to present a small yet handy dandy take it with you guide to the those who donated money to restrict your individual and civil rights.
#1. Catholic Organizations – Jesuit raised and educated, this one pains me to no end and causes my blood pressure to blow through the roof. To me, it’s appalling that at a time when Catholic diocese around the U.S. are closing hundreds of urban and inner city schools and churches, this group can ill afford to be spending millions to legislate hatred and bigotry. Facts are that Catholic Organizations, represented the second largest group of donors who helped pass Prop 8. Knights of Columbus (www.kofc.org) whose founding principles are charity, unity, fraternity (but not bigotry) gave nearly 2 million to the fight. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and The Saint Andrews Alms fund round out the group of homophobes.
#2. National Organization for Marriage – Maggie Gallagher is the President of this Non-Profit that’s been set up as a national resource for marriage related initiatives happening on the state and local level (www.nationformarriage.org). This group gave over 1.5 million to enshrine homophobia in California.
#3. Fieldstead & Co – According to The Daily Beast’s ‘The Man Behind Proposition 8″; ‘Few Americans have heard of Ahmanson—and that’s the way he likes it. He donates cash either out of his own pocket or through his unincorporated Fieldstead & Co. to avoid having to report the names of his grantees to the IRS. His Tourette’s syndrome only adds to his mysterious persona, as his fear of speaking leads him to shun the media. While Ahmanson once resided in a mental institution in Kansas, he now occupies a position among the Christian right’s power pantheon as one of the movement’s most influential donors.’ Fieldstead and Co gave nearly 1.5 million.
#4. Elsa Prince – This one’s really charming, Elsa Prince is the widow of Michigan-based Christian backer Edgard Prince who co-founded the Family Research Council, and the mother of Erik Prince, founder of the controversial mercenary firm, Blackwater. I’ve found conflicting numbers on the size of her donation but it sits over a half million and might even be approaching a million.
#5. American Family Association – Donald Wildmon, Chair. (www.afa.net), (AFA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes conservative Christian values. Widely known for their efforts advocating censorship of print and electronic media. The group fights against same-sex marriage, and opposes equal-rights and hate-crime legislation that would include sexual orientation and gender identity. They’ve repeatedly tried to criminalize homosexuality through various legislation. Their donation tops the half million dollar mark.
(Via Jockohomo Datapanik.)