11.02.2008

REMEMBER TO VOTE YES ON PROP 8


Election Day is Tuesday. Remember to vote. I have received many emails from people regarding my stance on Proposition 8. Most have been in disagreement with me. Here is my final plea and argument on the matter before the election. It is a summary of the discussions I have had with people over the last few days.

The Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) believe that marriage is an institution ordained by God. The marriage ceremony was governed by religious traditions. In addition, practically every culture on earth associates marriage with their religious beliefs. Even if you are an atheist, you cannot deny the historical fact that marriage and religion are inseparable in nearly all cultures.Here is a brief Christian history of marriage via scripture and modern prophets:

"Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." (Genesis 2:24)

"Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." (Matthew 19:3)

"Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband." (1 Corinthians 7:2)

"Marriage is ordained of God unto man. Wherefore, it is lawful that he should have one wife, and they twain shall be one flesh, and all this that the earth might answer the end of its creation; and that it might be filled with the measure of man, according to his creation before the world was made." (Doctrine & Covenants 49:15-17)

"God instituted marriage in the beginning. He made man in his own image and likeness, male and female, and in their creation it was designed that they should be united together in sacred bonds of marriage, and one is not perfect without the other." [1]

If you believe in the words of the Prophet Joseph F. Smith, then you believe that God himself instituted marriage and is without question a religious ordinance. Since marriage and religion are inseparable whether by fact (from the revealed word) or by historical association, let us look anew at D&C 134:4.

We believe that religion is instituted of God; and that men are amenable to him, and to him only, for the exercise of it, unless their religious opinions prompt them to infringe upon the rights and liberties of others; but we do not believe that human law has a right to interfere in prescribing rules of worship to bind the consciences of men, nor dictate forms for public or private devotion; that the civil magistrate should restrain crime, but never control conscience; should punish guilt, but never suppress the freedom of the soul.

We DO NOT believe that human law has the right to interfere in prescribing religious marriage ceremonies. We DO NOT believe that human law has the right to dictate who should be married. We DO NOT believe human law has the right to assume supreme authority on the definition of marriage. It is a religious ceremony, a religious union, and a religious sacrament. The government has no business involving itself whatsoever in a religious ceremony. It is obvious from scripture and latter-day prophets that marriage is only between a man and a woman. Therefore two people of the same gender do not have the right to marry, and the government cannot intervene to dictate otherwise. The only reason government involves itself in any way in the religious institution of marriage is for issues regarding divorce, i.e. the division of property, custody of children, etc.

Since the government cannot dictate to religious organizations who can be married, and marriage in religious organizations is between a man and a woman, the only unions to which a government can ever involve itself in with regard to marital dissolution, are those between a man and a woman.Since the government has clearly overstepped its bounds by involving itself with religious ceremonies and religious definitions, I have the right to voice my opinion to the government that it has intervened where it should not have.

D&C 134:4 is a mandate to all members of the Church to voice their opinion, that the government has intervened in proscribing rules of worship and dictating public devotion with regard to marriage. Marriage is a religious function, and the government has no business defining what marriage is. It does not have that right. Yes on Proposition 8 reaffirms that the government has no business in defining or dictating a historically religious institution.The opponents of traditional marriage have not been tolerant nor open minded regarding the religious nature marriage has for the majority. Instead of seeking equal protection under the law they have sought to force their views upon everyone using government force. Instead of promoting legislation in congress where open debate and discourse can occur, they have used the judicial system much like a tyrant.The Book of Mormon warned of the tyrannical use of the judicial system:

"the foundation of the destruction of this people is beginning to be laid by the unrighteousness of your lawyers and your judges." (Alma 10:27)

Our system of government must be done with open discourse, debate, and the free exchange of ideas. Under the Constitution, judges are not to legislate or make laws, they are to judge based on the laws the people have chosen. The people choose representatives whose sole purpose is to makes laws according to the will of the people, and judges are to judge based on those laws, and NOT create their own.The Book of Mormon again asserts this principle:

"If your higher judges do not judge righteous judgments, ye shall cause that a small number of your lower judges should be gathered together, and they shall judge your higher judges, ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE." (Mosiah 29:29).

These principles are found in our Constitution. The will of the people as expressed in their laws has been overturned in a process that is not Constitutional. As a method of last resort against a tyrannical government, the Founders placed in the Constitution the means that the people could have the final say in their government, and that is through the amendment process.Instead of promoting their ideas through peaceful means, instead of promoting legislation for their cause, instead of discussing the injustice they felt they have incurred, opponents of traditional marriage have sought tyrannical means to overthrow the will of the people. This will only cause further strife and contention in our society. The means sought to enact laws by opponents of traditional marriage is beginning to lay the foundation of the destruction of our Republic.I am voting Yes on Proposition 8 because the government has sought intrusion into religious institutions.

I am voting Yes on Prop 8 because my right to open discourse and debate on this issue has been taken away from me through unconstitutional means. I am voting Yes on Proposition 8 because a Prophet of God has admonished me to preserve a sacred and religious ordinance from the clutches of a tyrannical judicial system. I am voting Yes on 8 because it is the only resort left that I have to tell my government they cannot interfere with my religious beliefs.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The reason why Proposition 8 is destined to fail is because supporters of Prop 8 are building their argument on a bed of half-truths, distorted facts, ridiculous exaggerations, absurd scare tactics, and outright lies. You know that, right? You understand that, right? You realize that the TV ads and e-mail campaigns are deceptive, right? Even if Prop 8 passes, it will be an empty victory because it will not have been an issue that was won honorably. If you cheat to get to the finish line, did you really win?

I’d also like to point out that people have a right to their own opinions, but, when those opinions serve to discriminate against an entire class of people, it creates a climate--and a country--in which THIS HAPPENS. It's all connected, whether you choose to believe it or not.

Many people are voting NO on Proposition 8. The measure will be defeated. Learn to live with it, and learn to love thy neighbor--or did you forget that?

prop8discussion said...

i'm voting yes on prop 8 because i think every child has a right to a mom and a dad.

society has a moral obligation to everything it can to encourage this situation.

http://prop8discussion.wordpress.com/2008/11/03/gender-matters-children-have-a-right-to-a-mom-and-a-dad-day-7/

Gabriel said...

This person cowardly posted this comment anonymously. They claim I have argued half truths, distorted facts, ridiculous exaggerations, absurd scare tactics, and outright lies. Yet they do not cite a single argument that I have made nor made any attempt to refute it. They then use a teaching of Jesus Christ in a vain attempt to point out Christian hypocrisy, conveniently leaving out the fact that it is the teachings of God that teach against sexual immorality. Perhaps they posted anonymously because they were embarrassed by their logic and critical thinking skills?

prop8discussion said...

gabriel, thank you for your post! this guy has been posting all over the place. it's really meaningless

I'm voting yes on prop 8 because gender matters in parenting. reserving the term "marriage" for a male and female couple is one way government can encourage this situation for children.

i'm sorry for any pain this may cause adults, but childrens' welfare is more important to me.

here are some other links:

regarding the "separate but equal" position:
http://prop8discussion.wordpress...rate-but-equal/

what the american college of pediatricians says about same-gender parenting:
http://prop8discussion.wordpress...-pediatricians/

about marriage and culture:
http://prop8discussion.wordpress...-pediatricians/

adressing some general myths:
http://gr8prop8deb8.blogspot.com...position- 8.html

children have a right to a mom and dad 1 (what france decided):
http://prop8discussion.wordpress...nd-a-dad-merci/

children have a right to a mom and a dad 2 (the studies on same-gender parenting)
http://prop8discussion.wordpress...nd-a-dad-day-2/

this is not to say that same-gender parents can't be awesome. but it cannot be denied that two moms or two dads cannot equal a mom and a dad. i want to live in a society that fosters this environment for children (and values it).

http://prop8discussion.wordpress...nd-a-dad-day-7/

also, marriage in the netherlands:
http:// article.nationalreview.co...NjYzkzYjg=#more

okay sorry for the millions of links, but they are really interesting.