The day the Supreme Court announced its decision, this is what the LDS church had to say:
"Many Californians will wonder if there is something fundamentally wrong when their government will not defend or protect a popular vote that reflects the views of a majority of their citizens," said leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a statement sent out Wednesday morning. "In addition, the effect of the ruling is to raise further complex jurisdictional issues that will need to be resolved."
"The Church remains irrevocably committed to strengthening traditional marriage between a man and a woman, which for thousands of years has proven to be the best environment for nurturing children," the statement said.
Does that sound like an institution that is supportive of new thinking?
"Regardless of how the Supreme Court rules in the Prop. 8 case, the church responsible for its passage has been permanently changed for the better."
Responsibility for the harm caused to its members and their families may be swept under the rug, but millions of people and families all across the nation will never "forgive and forget."
It's a cult, a financial-political organization, a destructive force in society. They are nowhere welcome in my community.
Methinks many in the Mormon church wouldn't have a problem changing the definition of a traditional marriage, heck they were pioneers of the idea. After all, if government cannot define marriage, then polygamy cannot be illegal.
The Mormons have NOT abandoned their crusade against 'Gay Marriage'
Last month the Mormon "Church" was a major sponsor of the 'World Congress of Families' in Australia. In addition to providing hefty financial backing the Mormons provided a children's choir to open the proceedings and entertain the guests, flew in Mormon speakers from all over the world and had their own 'stand'.
The 'World Congress of Families' is a front organisation, very thinly veiled as 'Pro-Family', its main objective is to stop the "Evil Spread of Gay Marriage" and defeat the "Homosexual Activist Agenda". It is both partnered with and sponsored by some of the most homophobic organisations on the planet. In fact the list of their partners, proudly displayed on their website, could be drawn directly from the list of organizations designated by the Southern Poverty Law Centre as anti-gay hate groups, with a few of their international friends thrown in for good measure.
*** A recent conference planned by this group was banned in London by the British Law Society because of their "Anti-Gay Agenda". ***
Please do not believe the PR lies of this "Church". They may be more devious in their efforts to fight against equality, but they're still very much at 'War'.
Rest in peace Johnny. I met you afterwards at a Gibson Jazz concert back in the early 1980's. One of the nicest (and most talented) people I've ever met.
As usual Chet, you failed to get the facts and spew inaccurate rhetoric! Sheriff Maketa, at every speaking opportunity I'm aware of, has discussed in great detail how these laws are unenforceable, which is a key point in their lawsuit. And he discusses how they criminalize law-abiding citizens. One of his most common themes is where a fire evacuee or person who lost their home and has the fortune of a friend to store their weapons and high capacity magazines while they stay at a hotel, is breaking the law. Or how about the example where a member of the military leaves his firearm for safekeeping with his fiancee while he is deployed, and fails to get a background check every 30 days during that deployment. Now, both the military member and his fiance are breaking the law. I suppose that's just rhetoric as well. Let's see what your position is when the courts find our sheriffs were correct, which could happen as soon as the court hearing on Wednesday. I've personally witnessed him speaking to this topic. There is no outrage, he merely presents it in a factual manner. It's you trying to sensationalize and create outrage.
I had the privilege of attending and graduating from the Republican Leadership Program with the class of 2002. Shari Williams' quote "The goal has always been to provide an environment where small-government-minded politicos in various stages of their careers could enhance their knowledge, strengthen their political arguments, and bolster their networks." is pretty accurate as to the program's value. And RLP/LPR has held its annual meetings at The Broadmoor for many years (my 2002 class annual meeting was also hosted there).
LPR is definitely not "window dressing." The program offers tangible material that can be put to good use, whether it's strategizing and campaigning for public office or serving on the board of a local civic organization. LPR's guest speakers have had pretty decent pedigrees, and the program is very professional. It does have a decidedly conservative tone, but there is no secret handshake or password required for admittance.
The only other Colorado-based program I found to be somewhat similar to LPR is the Colorado Municipal League's Elected Leader Program. But this is restricted to municipal administrators and elected representatives. For anyone who is contemplating elected service, LPR certainly has a respectable following that demonstrates it knows what it's doing.
Chet, I was wondering if you think your first statement would have been a little cleaner and easier to read if it would have stated "...there is nowhere you'd be more comfortable this February morning..." than "... there is nowhere you'd be more comfortable in on this February morning..."? There is something to be said for not ending a sentence in a preposition. How about not adding (not one but two) superfluous prepositions in the middle?
I grew up as a regular customer at his store in the Cheyenne Shops. I was always amazed to see this legend behind the counter, so kind, thoughtful, gracious and humble, almost equally amazed by those milling around who didn't know. Mr. Smith made a huge impression on me and never knew it. Thank you sir. Your humanity is even greater than your artistry.
The lunatics have found a fancier asylum for their meetings, is all.
Laura Carno's group, "I Am Created Equal" says "...we are sovereign – free to make our own choices; that a government who seeks to control us is a government out of control...."
Really? Is she crazy? She aims to further a political party that does just the opposite of what she says her group stands for?
GOP legislatures in red states (like VA) pass laws that REMOVE her right, and the right of all women, to choose for themselves by forcing women to have trans-vaginal ultrasounds.
How on earth can she reconcile these polar opposites?
She's either a fool or another GOP hypocrite who runs her mouth about small government but then has big government stick its nose into the most personal and private of our matters.
"Most voters are not fooled by window dressing, no matter how attractive." Really Phoebe? Than how do you explain Obama? He is the absolute worst president in history (Yes that includes Jimmy Carter.) and he even managed a second term much to the detriment of the health of the nation. go figure........
Well, it's a free country, and conservatives can group together for "school". To my mind, the problem is not with the manner of delivering the message, but with the message itself. As long as their message is discriminatory, regressive, and ignores the real problems of their constituency (e.g., unemployment), it will gain no traction in the long run. Most voters are not fooled by window dressing, no matter how attractive.
Our country's original government was great, and then the white people came along and tried to improve an already perfect system. Good job, white people. Thanks a lot. Now please go home so we can fix our country properly!!!
Thanks for the note, Akers. To tweak the common saying, by using the word "prey," actually was our intent. Because they sit downhill/downstream from the Waldo Canyon burn scar, which will be the site of major flooding in a bad rainstorm, the people we interviewed in fact can be viewed as "prey for rain."
Prey or Pray for rain? Hello????
Excellent coverage.... love the maps, they are a huge help... now what about mud/rock slides? Has anyone in the city been looking into that and addressing that? A huge downpour could cause serious problems in some of our neighborhoods.
Throughout my wife's pregnancy we played "The Man With The Blue Guitar," Smith's deeply sublime solo guitar album. We played it on repeat for hours during her labor. Our son came into this world hearing something of its beauty. An auspicious beginning to a life.
I can see why people don't like this.. it's because they don't understand what the ministry is all about.
Have you ever judged someone or something so completely based on what you first saw? You didn't talk to the person, you didn't know their story and you certainly didn't understand them; but once you did, you realized how wrong you were? Well I know a lot of people misunderstand Andrew Wommack and this article definitely takes what he says out of context. Andrew comes from a place of genuine, Godly love and he is just trying to help people be truly fulfilled in life. Andrew is probably one of the most kind and respectable men on this earth, so please don't judge someone you don't know, as well as the ministry and the people in it. As for the "unaccredited" school, there is a reason for that. So that the ministry focuses on the Bible for what it is and what it says, which is of grace and love, rather than having to fulfill certain other little requirements like math that doesn't have anything to do with the Word of God.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and God gives us a free will, but if you don't like to be judged then don't go judging either. Andrew does not judge an individual as "immoral", just the lifestyle or choice; he is simply stating what's written in the Bible. Most can agree that cheating on your partner or lying or stealing is immoral, but that doesn't define the person. Maybe someone was starving, or in a bad situation and couldn't afford food, nobody would blame the person for stealing some bread, but that doesn't change the fact that the action was still illegal. Andrew recognizes that and I will admit, sometimes it's hard to hear that when a lot of controversial things are coming out of his mouth. But that's why its so important to understand what his message is rather than hearing "gay... immoral" and just jumping to conclusions. And anytime there is an incomplete or broken up quote, don't always trust it.
I agree with Craig, the food scene here does suck. Looking forward to all the offerings over at Ivywild.
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