Today's post was shared by a friend from a Facebook page called "The Family - A Proclamation To The World." This group gets its name from a proclamation issued in 1995 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Salt Lake based, largest, and Romney variety of Mormons).
We support civil unions this does not prevent anyone from living whatever lifestyle they choose but we believe strongly in the traditional, universally-held belief of a man and woman being required to constitute marriage. God created man and woman for a reason and this is an essential part of His plan of happiness for humankind. Sadly, whenever there is good as we know there tends to be evil. The reason for this particularly against the family is because this is where the potential for the most love and joy exists. Just as in politics those with less than honorable intentions purpose is character assassination so it is where the greatest cause of happiness exist so does Satan's desire exist to take away the ability for humankind to enjoy life. The family his his single greatest threat.
For those who claim because someone doesn't agree with them means they hate them they are nothing more than schoolyard bullies trying to force their own beliefs upon others while hypocritically attacking those who simply follow the traditional and universally-held belief that a man and a woman who have children are what constitutes a family.
This page has been, is and will ever always be for the love of the family. God bless the family!
To be fair, this Facebook page is run by independent individuals and not by the church itself. But it serves to show how believers interpret the church's position.
The first thing we notice is the photo. A stock photo of a young, white, mostly blonde family. One man, one woman, one girl, one boy and (one assumes) one cat and one dog sitting at their feet.
They've chosen a stock photo to represent the ideal family. There is no color or variety here. This is how they see the world. No doubt the posters live in a suburb where everyone looks pretty much like this.
(As an aside, the friend who shared this on Facebook is a white female, with a white husband, one daughter, one son, two dogs [no cats], and lives in a suburb where all her neighbors look like the photo... well with a few extra pounds on everybody.)
We support civil unions this does not prevent anyone from living whatever lifestyle they choose but we believe strongly in the traditional, universally-held belief of a man and woman being required to constitute marriage.We've all fallen victim to grammatical errors made in haste while posting. But come on! You are presenting your position to the world. Take a minute to proofread. Maybe even have a friend give it a once-over before you hit "post."
The thing that jumps out at me from this first, hum... phrase? sentence? thought?... is the insular life these people live. Despite recent polls, these people live in a world with a "universally held belief" counter to the majority of real world Americans. It is not difficult to guess that the only gay people the posters know are firmly closeted with a wife and two kids (see photo above).
Sadly, whenever there is good as we know there tends to be evil.Okay. They've said they support civil unions so people can live the lifestyle "they choose." (Funny, I don't remember choosing to be straight. How did my gay friends have the strength to counter those raging hormones of youth and choose a different lifestyle?) Anyway, in spite of their professed support of civil unions, it's important to them to point out that teh gay is EVIL. Not just different. Not just wrong. Not even just sinful. EVIL. EVIL. EVIL.
And this EVIL is directed against the family. As almost, but not quite coherently, expressed in this ... oh, hell, let's go with... phrase:
The reason for this particularly against the family is because this is where the potential for the most love and joy exists.It continues with, what I believe is, more about the family:
Just as in politics those with less than honorable intentions purpose is character assassination so it is where the greatest cause of happiness exist so does Satan's desire exist to take away the ability for humankind to enjoy life.I love this, not for its complete lack of resemblance to English, but for coming back to where this whole EVIL gay thing comes from in the first place: SATAN. Saturday Night Live's Church Lady is alive and well, has joined the Mormon church and is posting on Facebook.
The family his his single greatest threat.We put these phrases about the family and evil and Satan together, run them through a language translator and assume the gist of what they are trying to say is that families are the be all and end all of happiness. And SATAN is using EVIL gayness to destroy the family and end any chance mankind has at happiness.
I've never seen a satisfactory explanation of just exactly how marriage equality destroys heterosexual marriages and families. Yet this remains the big argument from the more Christlike than thou community.
Funny. I've been married to my wonderful wife for 30 years. During that time tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of gay and lesbian couples have hooked up, shacked up, and gotten married. Not one of those relationships has had any affect whatsoever on our relationship. Somehow, I've fallen into a mindset where "their" (that is to say, anybody's that isn't ours) relationship is about them. And our relationship is about us.
I guess I missed the memo where, all of a sudden, my relationship depends on other people not being allowed to have one of their own.
For those who claim because someone doesn't agree with them means they hate them they are nothing more than schoolyard bullies trying to force their own beliefs upon others while hypocritically attacking those who simply follow the traditional and universally-held belief that a man and a woman who have children are what constitutes a family.This of course is the old "I'm not a bully for withholding rights from you. You're the bully for not letting me exercise my god-given right to discriminate against you" argument. The fact that they can't see it shows how wrapped up in their own persecution complex they are.
Civil Rights are about protecting the minority from the majority. It is a rare thing to have a majority cede rights to a minority. That's the whole why of the Bill of Rights and Civil Rights legislation and rulings. Because the minority needs to be, and deserves to be, protected from a bigoted majority.
This page has been, is and will ever always be for the love of the family. God bless the family!That is, families as WE define them (see the above photo). And WE resolutely deny the right of any Satan-inspired, evil gay people to have families of their own. WE deny them the right to find the love and happiness that comes with marriage and family .... because god.
If you honestly believe that marriage and family are god's greatest avenue for finding lasting love and happiness in this world, wouldn't you want that for all your brothers and sisters? for all god's sons and daughters?
How sad it is that some people base their happiness on their ability to deny that happiness to others.
This is the first diary (of what will undoubtedly be many) examining posts made and shared on Facebook by my family and friends (or friends of friends).
I've found that responding on Facebook quickly turns nasty and leads to lingering hurt feelings. But not responding is driving me nuts. So I thought I'd turn to Daily Kos to vent and get your ideas on different ways to handle the right wing nuttery.
Thanks for providing a safe place to counter-rant.
6:49 PM PT: UPDATE: Wow! Come back to the computer and find my little diary on the "Community Spotlight" list.
I don't know how things get to that list (it's certainly a first for me). So I'll just give a generic THANK YOU to any and all DK fairies, gnomes, and/or pixies that made it happen.
As a daily lurker, occasional commenter and rare diarist, I certainly feel all spot lit -- aglow, so to speak. :o)
UPDATE II: commenter madhaus demonstrated some mad googling skills and came up with a link for the stock art in question. Just in case there was any doubt about our all American family.
UPDATE III: Changed the diary's title from "Shit Hits the Wall: Things Shared on Facebook, 001" to "Sh-t Hits the Wall: Things Shared on Facebook, 001". It was pointed out that profanity in titles can lead to nannybots blocking the site. I like Daily Kos and want it widely available. While any damage has probably already happened (as this diary is about to drop off the front page), I have changed the title out of respect for the site.