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Found a fabulous article from 2004 that looked at the decline of the family in the Netherlands.  The legalization of same-sex marriage was just a stepping stone on the path, but it doesn’t sound like a path we in California should be on.  The fact that we even have to correct our course today is a frightening sign post of where we are already.  Read the article at http://www.heritage.org/research/Family/wm577.cfm.

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I’m fairly sensitive to exaggerations, half truths and outright lies that are told as part of any campaign, especially when they are on the same side as me.  I try to do sufficient research, to read the stories and check out the facts before taking a position.  So today’s post is the outright lies told by the No on 8 Campaign. 

Lie: Yes on 8 is sponsored and financed by big out of state interest groups.

Fact:  The No on 8 campaign has received a full 37% of its money from donors out of state compared to a measly 20.1% for the Yes on 8 campaign.

SourceLA Times Money Tracker (10/16/08)

 

Lie:  Failure of Prop 8 will not lead to the forced expansion of the gay agenda, including the attempts to limit religious freedom.

Fact:  The backers of No on 8 have used every legal maneuver they could in Massachusetts to prevent parental consent in schools and limit the opportunities for religious group to operate unmolested.

Source: Massachusetts Court Records

 

Lie: No on 8 will not lead to a slippery slope of marriage arrangements

Fact: The Netherlands , the first country to legalize homosexual marriage, allows multipartner unions (polygamy).

Source: The Brussels Journal

 

Lie: No on 8 is about Love

Fact: No on 8 is about social acceptance of a damaging shift in family relationship and the promotion of homosexual freedoms at the cost of religious freedoms.

Source: New York Times

 

The Bible famously states that “By their fruit you shall know them.”  I suppose it shouldn’t be a surprise that those that hate religion would break the eighth commandment – “Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” 

 

** Thanks to an article on ProtectMarriage.com  for providing some of these glaring falsehoods.

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.