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11/03/2009

Video: See, gays aren't 'militant.' We're simply answering LDS pollster's wishes

by Jeremy Hooper

This Mormon pollster, Gary Lawrence, has been used by both California's Prop 8 and Maine's Question 1 campaigns. And he apparently loves this site:


(video via Chino Blanco)

Only problem with Mr. Lawrence's "logic"? It couldn't be a bigger steaming pile of wrong! Yes, there is truth in the old "no such thing as bad press" edict. But when dealing with an opposition that thrives on masking their true intent behind a campaign of deception, transparency and full disclosure are the Achilles Heels that they must cover up in order to survive. With more awareness of the purely faith-based influence and money that certain groups are injecting into this nation's supposedly church-state separated civil law, comes more awareness of how right-minded our side is.

So let Mr. Lawrence embrace the criticism if he so chooses. We will do the same. We have a feeling that the court of public opinion will go with the kind of "buzz" that doesn't sound an alarm every time a gay citizen steps up and fights for the "radical" idea that they are equal!

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I love your blog but you have read Mr. Lawrence completely wrong. I am a lifelong Mormon and what you and so many other of my gay brethren and sisters don't get is the Mormon Persecution Complex. Mormons are raised to believe that as long as the world is against them and hating them, they are on the right track and doing God's work. The history of the church is one long string of persecution and in the Mormon collective consciousness that has ossified into a conviction that "negative buzz" equals divine approval. I promise you that if the Mormons ever really start to believe that the world is accepting them in full fellowship, they will conclude that they're off track with God.

So while it's all well and good to say Lawrence is dishing out a steaming pile of wrong, that observation does nothing to actually respond to the merits of his statements. And THAT is where we need to go. We will never persuade the Mormons that criticism of their beliefs or positions is a bad thing. They welcome that! Instead, we need to persuade non-Mormons who listen to Mormon money and social influence--but who don't share the Mormon persecution complex---that the Mormons are wrong on marriage equality. I think persuading Mormons directly to change their minds is a lost cause for now. We need to focus on counteracting their influence with non-Mormons.

Posted by: Alan | Nov 4, 2009 11:36:41 AM

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