Wednesday, October 14, 2009
There were three interesting articles about gay rights in the past week. For starters, there was this week's "Jesus and Mo" cartoon, shown below. You can see more of that great strip at www.jesusandmo.net. As usual, the cartoon makes a poignant point. Next we have an AP article that ran in today's Arizona Republic, and which you can read here. An LDS apostle said that "the anti-Mormon backlash after California voters overturned gay marriage last fall is similar to the intimidation of Southern blacks during the civil rights movement". . Yeah, right, dude. I'm sure Martin Luther King would feel chummy with you, knowing that you poured millions of dollars into efforts to deny gays their basic civil rights. Marc Solomon's remarks in the AP article are spot on. . But there was some good news as well. An evangelist named Brent Childers (whoever he is) actually applied "WWJD" to the gay rights issue (albeit, only because his mom challenged him to do so), saw its ugliness, and changed his stance. You can read his Newsweek article about it here. . The struggle continues. There will come a day when gay rights will triumph over hatred and bigotry, even if the latter has all the $$$ on its side. And yes, it does evoke memories of the Civil Rights Movement. But Dallin, baby, you'll be flabbergasted to see which side of that movement your politics-playing LDS church is likened to.