Saturday, July 4, 2015

Activists Looking for New Targets

Dear Madame L,

I hate to burst your bubble, but check out this interview on National Public Radio.

Here's a quote from the online post of the article:

Having clinched the long-sought prize of same-sex marriage in all 50 states, some long-time advocates are now waking up to the realization that they need to find a new job. At least one major same-sex marriage advocacy group is preparing to close down and other LGBT organizations are retooling.

They have grown from a ragtag group with a radical idea into a massive multi-million dollar industry of slick and sophisticated sellers of a dream. Today, their very success has made their old jobs obsolete.

...Another group, Lambda Legal, launched a website this week tracking potential trouble spots. So those who've been fighting for the right to marry say they'll still keep busy trying to enforce it.

Sounds to me like these activists are going to start going after the rest of us!


Get Out of Your Ivory Tower!

Dear Friend,

I don't get the same impression that you do from that interview.  I see why those activists now want to make sure that the law is enforced and feel that their work---guaranteeing equal rights for all members of society---is far from over. And, yes, they want to stay employed.

To clarify what I wrote in my previous post on this topic, "The Coming Storm (SCOTUS Decision," the work of religious people is still and always the same: To love all men and women and obey God's commandments.

He has promised us: "Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess" (Deuteronomy 5:33).

Or, in the Book of Mormon:  "And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it" (Mosiah 2:41).

I refuse to give in to what appears to me to be somewhat hysterical fear-mongering by some of my co-religionists. Let's have faith, and let's let God work His will. And let's remember that He loves all people and instructs us to do the same.

Best wishes,

Madame L

1 comment:

AskTheGeologist said...

A close reading of the NPR interviews makes it clear that there are quite a few *highly-paid* activists who are terrified that they are now out of a job. They explicitly say that they are looking for another target to keep the spigots of their funding sources open - in other words, to stay employed and maintain a lifestyle to which they have become accustomed.

Anyone with an MBA would observe that this is a pretty poor business model.