I don't get a lot of mail like this at Hahn at Home, but this one struck me particularly and I need to respond on to her. The assault of money and zealotry pouring into California from the outside of the Prop 8 issue is very scary.
Crystal Oftedahl said: Participating in Homosexuality will leave any person with an inevitable feeling of guilt and shame that cannot be relieved except by true repentance- it can only be deadened by ignoring it. That’s because Our Creator endowed each of us with the ability to recognize whether we are are on the right track in life, so that ultimately we can return home to Him and experience the pure joy of unpolluted family relationships. The Devil is real, and wants to stip (sic) us of our freedom to have that happiness by convincing us to participate in filthiness and degenerate behavior. Promoting those things which are right and good and clean in harmony with God’s laws will bring all of us greater liberty and freedom, while succumbing to Satan’s devices always restricts our freedoms. Proposition 8 will help to secure our liberties- both for those who are part of traditional families and those who are influenced by with homosexual tendencies.
First of all, I believe you believe what you’re telling me. That’s fine with me that you believe it – just don’t tread on my rights in the name of your religion, okay? And, if I didn’t “participate in homosexuality,” I would be dead, because being a homo is not something I do, but who I am.
And, right off the bat, I’m wondering about how deep your guilt and shame is. Since coming out, I have lost all of my guilt and shame. Staying in the closet, not being true to who I am is what caused all the pain. I’m quite sure my Higher Power is the thing that allowed me to come out.
Degenerate behavior? Have you met me?
So, I’ not promoting things good and clean? By raising three children to be productive members of society, working in a job that helps millions of children, helping my fellow citizen with my money and time, paying my taxes, serving my country, and living a life based on the tenet of personal responsibility - that what I do comes back to me, doesn’t bring me happiness or give me the right to share in the same rights and benefits of being a citizen of this state that you do (if you do, which I doubt – I think you’re an inexperienced-at-life Mormon 20-year-old college student from Idaho which makes this none of your business)?
Prop 8 restricts my freedoms. It restricts your freedoms too if you live in California. Government should not distinguish between your desire to not marry homosexually and my demand that I be treated equally in the eyes of the law. NO on Prop 8 ensures that all citizens of
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