I saw in the S.F. Chronicle that it is likely that Prop. 8, the constitutional amendment that will take away the right of gays and lesbians to marry, will fail. The number of undecided voters has dropped to 4%. 55% of voters will vote NO on Prop. 8. That is good news.
And now for something a bit funny. I don’t know what it is about San Diego, but some churches there are calling on their members to do a 40 day, solid food fast to help Prop. 8 win. (I like San Diego–we were there over Easter this year).
Actually I think the fast would be good for these people. Think of how healthy they will be and how much energy they will have on Nov. 5 when they hear the Prop. 8 has failed, despite their fasting and the money they have poured into this. Maybe they will think that God has failed them? Maybe they will take their new-found health and put it towards doing something good–like building homeless shelters and feeding the poor.
The article also lists the major financial donors to take away a right that has already been given:
Along with evangelical Christian groups such as Focus on the Family and Family Research Council, the leaders of Roman Catholic, Mormon, Southern Baptist, Orthodox Jewish and Seventh-Day Adventist congregations have endorsed the measure and urged the faithful to give.
The Knights of Columbus have given nearly $1.3 million, making the Catholic fraternal organization the largest single contributor to Yes on 8. Donations from individual Mormons account for more than $6.4 million of about $17.3 million raised so far, according to Mormonsfor8.com, a Web site set up by a church member.
These people must think that if they spend major amounts of money, God will look down favorably on them. I doubt God could care less about money. But it does make these churches run and that is all they really care about. Imagine what these groups could have done with $17.3 million dollars! But I guess they don’t really care about the message of Jesus about helping the poor and the widows and those in prison. Nope, they only care about their own pocketbooks.
Do they really think that their efforts to take away the right of gays and lesbians to marry is going to cause some of these very same gays and lesbians to turn to the church and convert to Christianity? Unlikely, especially after being called immoral, evil, destructors of the universe and so on. But they aren’t concerned with trying to bring people to Christ. They are concerned about keeping the money flowing and concerned about how to make themselves look more holy than the rest of us.