Friday, October 31, 2008

It's The Same Thing All Over Again -- Yes on Proposition 8

"And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it -- "In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children" --

"(and he called it the title of liberty) and he bowed himself to the earth, and he prayed mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren, so long as there should a band of Christians remain to possess the land --"

"Woe to the generation that understands the Book of Mormon."

Hugh Nibley, 1957

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Become Part of Something Important -- Vote YES on Prop 8

In 1620, a brave group of Pilgrims left their homeland, their friends and family, and virtually all their worldly possessions and ventured into the unknown. Why? Because the King and his handful of advisors were forcing these people to teach their children concepts contrary to their own religious beliefs. The Pilgrims, and those who followed after them, came to this land to found a nation where the people could worship according to the dictates of their consconince, and NOT be dictated to by a handful of self-appointed rulers.

In 1776, the hand of King George III and his cronies in Parliament was growing ever more restrictive. Burdensome taxes were being levied without regard to those affected by those taxes; private homes were being invaded by soldiers; free citizens were being jailed for voicing opinions contrary to the King’s established rules. Our forefathers fought a great war with the then-most-powerful nation on earth for the right to determine our own laws BY THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE, and NOT to be governed by a few self-righteous princes.

In 1860, another great war was fought in this land over issues of freedom and rights. The issues were more complex; it was no longer about freedom of worship, or freedom of speech. The issue was freedom itself — who had the right to be free, and who had the right to decide? It was a bitter conflict, and we still feel the repercussions of it today. But, in the end, it was determined that, in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, "government OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, AND FOR THE PEOPLE would NOT perish from the earth." We would NOT be a land where a handful of passionate zealots could break away and change the law for everybody else.

And now, it’s 2008, and we face another conflict just as momentous as those that have heretofore shaped this great land. In less than a week, we will decide whether WE, THE PEOPLE of this nation will allow a small minority of loud, overbearing bullies to redefine the foundation of civilization. Make no mistake! That is what Proposition 8 is all about. If we redefine "marriage" to include anything other than "one man and one woman," we remove the underpinnings that hold civilized society in place. No longer will "family" have any meaning; "mother" and "father" will become obsolete words, if not outright outlawed by these crazed few, who have already managed to remove those references from California school books!

Do not be fooled into thinking that this is just another proposition, or that your vote won’t make any difference. EVERY VOTE IS IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE - - - on Nov. 4, Remember the sacrifices of those who have come before us, to make possible our privilege to make OUR voice heard.

On Nov 4 – Vote FOR PROPOSITION 8.
Save Traditional Marriage. Save Society. Save the World.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Preserve Our Religious Liberty -- Yes on Prop 8

We had a wonderful program in church today. It was the Sabbath set aside for the children age 12 and under to gain their first experience with public speaking as they present, for their parents and the congregation, a summary of what they have been learning.

The topic of today’s Primary Presentation was "I Am A Child of God."

I listened to the older children give talks based on "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" which states, in part:
"We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.
"All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose. . . .
"The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity."

I listened to the younger children talk about "Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so." And "Heavenly Father knows me and loves me. He wants me to be happy."

I thought about the sweet innocence of these tender souls — and how all that will change unless Proposition 8 passes. At best, should Prop 8 fail, these young kids will be taught one thing at church, and something completely different, and wrong, 5 days a week at school; at worst, we could see the type of persecution here that some Canadians now face, as their religious liberties and freedom of speech has been suppressed in the name of tolerance. What a contradiction!

Don’t risk it!! FIRMLY enshrine marriage and family where it has been since before there were politicians. VOTE "YES!" ON PROPOSITION 8!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

King George III or Abraham Lincoln?

That’s the REAL question behind Proposition 8: Who Rules America? The PEOPLE? Or a small handful of self-appointed Magistrates?

In 1776, This nation fought a war with the then-greatest nation on earth for the RIGHT of THE PEOPLE to establish the laws of this land through the election process.

Now, that RIGHT is being taken away from us, state by state - - - in each case by a few elitist judges (lawyers) who have decided that THEY, not THE PEOPLE, should establish the laws of our land.

What will they decide to take away from us next?

On Nov 4, Vote for Abraham Lincoln – for government "OF the people, BY THE PEOPLE, and FOR the people!" VOTE FOR PROPOSITION 8!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Keep Your Parental Rights -- Vote "YES" on Prop 8

When I was in Jr. High, we had an annual assembly where all the girls in the 9th grade were shown a Disney cartoon describing how puberty affects females. No boys allowed!

When I was in High School, my parents had to sign a permission slip, indicating their desire for me to attend a CO-ED sex-education class, or a waver, indicating to the school that they would prefer to teach me the basics of sex education themselves. They were my parents. That was their right.

When my own children were growing up, we were granted similar options, although the grade levels at which the sex education was being offered got progressively younger. In addition, if the school wanted to show a "R" rated movie to our children, they had to notify us ahead of time, and either get our permission for our under-age child to see the program, or allow us the option of keeping our child out of class that day. We were the parents; that was our right.

But now, all that is changing. . . unless we act IMMEDIATELY to protect our rights as parents.

Click on this link to see the TRUE STORY of one Massachusetts family, where homosexual marriage is already legal, whose father was dragged to jail in handcuffs because he wanted to keep his parental right to decide what his KINDERGARTEN-AGE child would be taught about sex and family life in school!!!

Don't think it can't happen here! If we do not pass Proposition 8, we forfeit our rights to object to anything the State decides it wants to teach our children, whether we like it or not.

Please - - - On Nov. 4 - - - Cast your vote FOR Proposition 8!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Save the Family -- Vote YES on Proposition 8

There is a TV ad currently being run in California showing a triumphant Gavin Newsom, current mayor of San Francisco, loudly proclaiming "This door's wide open now. It's gonna happen. Whether you like it or not."

I don't know how people can just sit there and accept it when any public figure figuratively spits in their face and says, "LIKE IT OR NOT, YOUR'E GONNA DO WHAT *I* WANT!!"

I thought bullies were frowned upon in this country.

I thought this was a democracy. I was taught that we VOTED on important issues, and the majority WON.

When did we become a nation of bullies, where the "tough" who screams the loudest can enforce his will on everybody else?

That's not the America I grew up in; that's not the America my ancestors fought to create and preserve; that's not the America I want to leave to my grandchildren.

We already decided this issue when 60% of voters chose Prop 22. Apparently, the rule of law and the voice of the people isn't enough for some people. Let's make it clear ONCE AND FOR ALL that WE WILL NOT BE BULLIED!!!!!