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Slow the tide, vote YES on 8

I read an article last night that NPR did back in June.  It left me with a sinking feeling.  Someone had mentioned it to me and so I log on and read it.  Kinda funny I think I heard it back in June when it was on air, and had a similar impression at the time.  I am a huge NPR fan.  I am a member and love there programming.  This article was no exception.  A well produced story about the collision of gay rights and religious liberties.  There are actually two stories done within a day of each other.  The one called Gay rights, religious liberties: a three-act story was what I found particular interesting.  Totally worth your time to read.  Basically it talks about how religious groups are losing their religious freedoms to the gay rights movement.  And it is true.  I can’t see all of the way religions are going to be impacted by the gay movement, but impacted they will be.  So ironic when you think why people boarded the May Flower.  I want to be able to worship what and how I want.  I fear how my religious liberties will continue to be impacted over time by the ray rights movement.

The passage of prop 8 will only slow the tide.  I hope slow it significantly.  Slow the tide, vote Yes on 8.

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text books too

In my post happily ever after has changed… I mentioned the gay wedding field trip with a first grade class in San Fransisco.  This was reported in The San Fransisco Chronicle.  A wedding is not academic in nature. I have to say I don’t want my kids to go on a field trip to a heterosexual wedding either.  You add the moral elements I personally have, and I question the public education system.  Granted we learn from the article that kids can opt out of these kinds of field trips and likely I would have had my children opt out of this event, but it is likely that text books will be effected too. Equal number of reference to heterosexual and homosexual relationships will have to be made. Think about it, for ever story problem like, “Mom has $5 and dad has $3. How much money do they both have?” There will have to be a problem like, “Dad one has $4 and dad two has $7…”  How confusing for kids. You may think, “OK California is going to have to figure this out.” But it will impact other states, because publishers are not likely to create two editions. California voters will impact what is being brought into classrooms across the country.

If this becomes reality publishers should have  references based on the percentage of homosexual population.  (According to various studies 3% to 5% of the united states are homosexual.   California likely has a higher percentage then this number.)  But still if this happens lets depict and realistic reality rather then 50/50.  Hopefully we don’t have to get there.  This is done by voting yes to Prop 8.

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Standing up for what is right.

I look around and it seems there are more tv adds, big names and signs for no to prop 8.  Maybe this is because they have big names donating big sums of money.  Regardless I talk with people face to face it seems many are undecided or quietly in agreement with what proposition 8 is about.  Why it is hard to stand up for what you know is right?

Elaine S. Dalton shared to following story in a talk she gave in April of 2008.

A young man I know well was elected to be the student body president at a large university. The university sent him to a leadership seminar where student leaders from across the United States gathered in Chicago, Illinois, to be trained and educated. They participated in an initial game outdoors on the college campus so that they could become acquainted with each other. The students were presented with current issues facing today’s youth and were asked to take a position. In response to the issue presented, they were directed to run to several trees in the grassy area marked “strongly agree,” “partially agree,” “strongly disagree,” or “mildly disagree.”

Toward the end of this exercise, the leader asked, “Do you believe in premarital sex?” Without hesitation, this young man ran to the tree marked “strongly disagree.” To his amazement, he was the only one there! All the other student leaders were laughing and pointing at him and saying, “Oh, Jess, you are so funny. We all know you’re not really serious.” At that moment Jess said he knew exactly what he must do and so he loudly declared, “I’m not funny. I’m serious!” There was a stunned silence, and then the group dispersed, leaving Jess standing alone by the tree. He felt out of place and yes, weird. But he wasn’t weird. He was right. And he was not alone. During the week, many of the student leaders came to him privately and said that they wished they had known years earlier what he knew.”

I think it is hard to stand up and say I agree with Prop 8 because it is not the popular thing, neither is it culturally acceptable not to embrace all peoples actions.  But that doesn’t excuse us from taking a stand when it isn’t popular.

And so I challenge you all to stand up for what is right.  Protect traditional marriage.  Vote Yes to 8.

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