Friday, October 3, 2008

Media Coverage of Proposition 102 Continues

In the Arizona Republic print edition of the newspaper for October 3, 2008, the front page of Section B has an article entitled "Faith groups backing Prop. 102" with a subtitle of "6.9 mil raised to support marriage amendment." However, interestingly, the Web based article has the title "Gay marriage opponents raise $6.9 million," in a not-so-subtile shift in the characterization of Proposition 102. See the Web article at:

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2008/10/03/20081003marriagemoney1003.html

Although the article maintains that "Because donors are not required to disclose thier religious affiliation, it is impossible to quantify the donations from church groups that support or oppose the referendum," the article quotes the opposition as having identified "many of the contributors as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." Why do you think the doners are not required to disclose their religious affiliation? Could it be that the Constitution protects our religious freedom? Could it be that the reason is to prevent the persucution and attacks on any one religious group? It is absolutely reprehensible that a State Legislator would feel that she could violate a religious group's constitiutional rights, with the implication, from her statements, that the LDS Church should not be allowed to participate in the political process. Why does it raise "dangerous implications about the relationship of church and state" when the members of a religious denomination donate to a cause they believe in? Why is the Arizona Republic supporting this anti-religious position?

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