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So lots to write about today.  Just a quick note to recommend a new video on YouTube.  By far the best representation of the Pro Prop 8 supporters I know.  If the link above doesn’t work please go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI-GjWY-WlA.

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I think that many who support Proposition 8 in California shy away from the outright religious justification for defending marriage.  It is not always a common language that we share with our peers and sometimes more secular arguments are more effective.  But for those of us that share a common religious base we must not forget that God designed this world in a way that would help us grow and be happy.  That design obviously includes marriage between a man and a woman (where else could we grow and be happy at the same time :-).  See a humorous take on our first parents that drives this point home in a wonderful way.  Enjoy.

So I’ve been looking forward to the arrival of the Yes on 8 yard signs for some time.  I remember fondly the days as a youth placing yard signs for my dad as he ran for city council.  You would drive down any street in our city and see yard after yard proclaiming allegiance to one candidate or another.  I looked forward to that feeling again as I drove down my street with my yard sign in the car.  But as I looked at my neighborhood I realized that I would be the first to take a position, via the grass pulpit anyway.   And maybe I would be the *only* one to so boldly proclaim my allegiance to Prop 8.  I have to admit, with a smidgen of shame, that I paused and thought that maybe the sign would stay in the car.  At this point I’ve already campaigned for Prop 8 in a variety of ways – walking precincts, raising money, talking to friends and colleagues – but this felt a little different.  My previous encounters were fairly anonymous.  Now I was placing a large sign, literally, on my home, on my family, for all to see – we supported Prop 8.  Of course the pause was just that – a pause – and the sign found a nice place on our front lawn.  We’re still the only one on the block, but now our neighbors know that we stand for family.  The family that God designed.  The family that as been the bedrock of civilization for millenia.  The family the way is has to be.

One of the principle issues that has driven me to publish some of my thoughts is California’s Proposition 8 that is on the November ballot.  I was fairly involved in the campaign for Proposition 22 back in 2000, walked a few precincts, put up a sign – the regular stuff – and while we knew it was important we were pretty much following the rest of the country in codifying what everyone already knew (at least 61% knew).  This time is much different.  Which the CA Supremes doing their best impression of . . . well I’m not sure what . . . not judges, we now have to turn the tide, not just surf the wave.  We live in a world full of examples now with one state and many countries demonstrating what happens when Marriage means anything or nothing.  Religious leaders threatened or sued for hate speech in Canada, schools teaching homosexual behavior as normal and equal with heterosexual behavior in Massachusetts.  The Brazilian senate is considering a bill already approved by their assembly that makes it illegal to speak against homosexuality in any forum.  At the heart of these consequences is the brewing conflict between religion and homosexuality.  In my experience it is religion that is the more tolerant of the two groups.  Religious leaders may preach against the sins involved in homosexual relationships, but rarely do an enlightened preachers propose that individuals be denied the right to make thier own choice.  The opposition groups talk about preserving rights, but history and example demontrate that religious Rights are really what is at stake should Proposition 8 fail.  My current favorite web site for Prop 8 info is the “What is Prop 8” site – lots of good info – organized well.

Welcome to my blog.  Some people that know me will be rolling their eyes right about now and wondering what in the world I could have to contribute to the blogosphere.  Maybe not much.  But as the world has shifted from stone tablets to paper and now bits and bytes, this is the best medium for expressing my view point on things that I deem important.  So here you’ll find a variety of topics from technical (I’m a computer guy) to religious (I’m LDS) to political (I’m pretty conservative).  Have a gander.  Post a comment.  Keep if clean (if you can).  Feel free to share your thoughts on my thoughts.  I’m sure I’ll have something to say back.