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Watching the film -- 8: The Mormon Proposition.

The critical role of the LDS Church in passing California's "Proposition 8" same-sex marriage ban is the focus of film 8: The Mormon Proposition.

Drawing on secret footage and documentation, this 2008 film highlights other facets as well of Mormon resistance to homosexuality among their own young people, including teenagers turned out of their homes after coming out to their parents and gay men subjected to intrusive psychiatric procedures after being discovered by BYU security guards.  What makes this an issue for Americans United, however, is not the church’s opposition to homosexuality but their efforts as a tax-free religious group to impose their views on non-Mormons as well - by fighting gay rights abroad; by working behind the scenes to unseat LGBT-friendly elected officials in the US, and in this instance, by raising $30 milliion from Mormons around the world to help put Proposition over 8 over the top. However far marriage equality has come since then, in California and elsewhere, 8is an important reminder of just how much of a threat some powerful religious groups can pose to the separation of church and state.

While our official start time is still 6:30, attendees are welcome to arrive any time after 5:45 to take advantage of the Macadam Grill’s happy hour prices. 

NB:  Attendance is limited, and meet-up members are encouraged to RSVP one way or the other as soon a possible, so that we can get a good idea of how many “regulars” to expect before publicizing this meetup more widely.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    depicts power of a corporate church

    1 · November 12, 2013

    • James M.

      More generally, I would say that the LDS Church (Mormons), like many other religious denominations, use the practice of "shunning" (using one's family ties to enforce conformity) as a weapon to suppress dissidents. The Amish have done this, as have some other Mennonite sects, and even the Quakers (it used to be the practice to "read someone out of Meeting" if they he or she married a non-Quaker.

      November 13, 2013

    • James M.

      More generally yet, shunning is one aspect of tribalism: dividing people into "us" versus "them" -- with the assumptions that "we" are more human than "they": a practice that leads to much warfare and suffering: Israelis versus Arabs, Jews and Christians versus "Godless Communists", Shia versus Sunni, etc, etc. Philosophically, I take the position that tribalism is evil -- but, sadly it may be built into human nature as a result of evolution: survival of the "fittest" tribe in a world in which different tribes compete for limited resources.

      November 13, 2013

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