Jan 312009

Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin seems to have found out why the Proposition 8 people were so hell bent in trying to prohibit the release of the names of donors to their campaign to take away the rights of Gay people in California. It seems the LDS had way more to do with this than they were claiming. (And by the Church, I mean the church corporate…not just “members.”)

Burroway reports they had 190,000 reasons to prevent the disclosure. Seems the LDS provided lots of official corporate support and in-kind services.

Mormon church officials, facing an ongoing investigation by the state Fair Political Practices Commission, Friday reported nearly $190,000 in previously unlisted assistance to the successful campaign for Prop. 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California.

The report, filed with the secretary of state’s office, listed a variety of California travel expenses for high-ranking members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and included $20,575 for use of facilities and equipment at the church’s Salt Lake City headquarters and a $96,849 charge for “compensated staff time” for church employees who worked on matters pertaining to Prop. 8.

Through yesterday, LDS leaders had insisted in strongest possible terms that the Church had no direct involvement in the Prop. 8 campaign. As Burroway notes, it appears their Prophets must have a little “Revelation” last night.

It so disgusts me when religious leaders seem to able to lead only in lies. How is that Christian? Why do we tolerate it? I hear no outcry from the members of the LDS Church for someone to be held accountable for the lies. If the Church felt it important to support Prop. 8, then why did they feel they had to hide and lie about that involvement. I’m all for people and organizations standing up for what they believe in, but do it in the daylight.

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