From Netflix, I just watched 8: The Mormon Proposition and was outraged at what these pompous fuddy-duddies are getting away with. They are causing needless suffering and even death, all in the name of their whacky religion.
The documentary starts with the marriage of a truly in-love, young gay couple. You can see they weren't faking it; they were practically crying that they finally had their chance to be happy. What proceeds is the work of an grotesque ogre in a medieval fairy tale.
Since the early '90s the Mormon Church was working silently and secretly to prevent gay marriage from becoming legal. In emails the church elders worked like Mafia dons pulling strings to form a “coalition” so no one would suspect it was the Church of Ladder-day Saints manipulating public opinion. They approached the Catholics and formed a formidable political bloc.
Next the film shows how they raised eleven-million dollars to give to lobbyists. Church officials actually visited member houses and told the flock how much money the pigeon family should give! Outrageous. “That's right, Mr. and Mrs. Do-right. You tithed nearly five thousand last year with a hundred dollar check every Sunday. Very commendable. But now it's time to get real. Write out a check for 20 large right now, made out to the CLS.” Hundreds of righteous families obeyed; it's in their programming to be obedient. One upright family with five young kids cashed in their college savings and handed over 50 dollar thousand to fight the gay menace.
The pro Proposition-8 protesters were surreal. What hatred, what vehemence. One “street preacher” screamed his opinion that gays are undermining the moral fabric of the country and he feared everyone might turn gay. Another scowling and fist-shaking membot claimed the gays were out to proselytize and subvert children to their bare-faced (and bare-ass) debauchery.
Utah has the most suicides of any state in the union—by far. The hatred, rumors and in-your-face scorn are enough to drive many young gays to suicide. The film actually shows clips of a gay couple being dreadfully beaten up by a mob because the young lovers touched lips near a Mormon church.
Other teens were forced to leave their homes and wind up living on the streets of San Francisco and other cities. What a brutal existence for a child and it's prevalent and a national disgrace. Three adolescents were trying to grind out an existence in the basement of a slum derelict building, sleeping on discarded filthy mattresses. One pathetic kid said, “Yeh, it's tough trying to sleep with cockroaches crawling all over you.”
(Does this piss you off? For humanity's sake! This is America.)
The church might have used the money to help these kids and countless other homeless. Instead, the money found its way to the bank accounts of already rich lawyers. The events surrounding Proposition 8 show clearly what religion does to people. Tax the fucks.