While we have a renewed sense of hope and resolve, we at All Saints are also deeply disturbed, angered, saddened and embarrassed by the passing of Proposition 8, an attempt to revise our State’s Constitution to be a document of discrimination against an entire class of citizens. How immoral to use the State Constitution to deprive some citizens of their human rights instead of guaranteeing human rights for all! The proponents of Proposition 8 seem to be callously unaware of the abusive impact on lesbian and gay citizens and their allies when California votes to give rights to poultry and take them away from human beings.
What is particularly shameful about Proposition 8’s victory Tuesday is that so many religious people promoted it using a distorted interpretation of Scripture. Jesus himself reversed many Biblical guidelines when they were not aligned with the central admonition of Scripture to love your neighbor as yourself. Not everything in the Bible is Godly, moral, or Constitutional (Jacob’s defining marriage as between one man and two women Genesis 29: 17-28; stoning rebellious children Deuteronomy 21: 18-21; killing those who work on the Sabbath—Exodus 31: 14-15; eating shellfish seen as an abomination Lev. 11:10). The separation of Church and State prevents religious oppression as well as writing the Bible into the Constitution particularly discriminatory interpretations of Scripture.
Let’s ignore for the moment the grotesque misuse of Scripture here and focus instead on this passage from his letter:
How immoral to use the State Constitution to deprive some citizens of their human rights instead of guaranteeing human rights for all! The proponents of Proposition 8 seem to be callously unaware of the abusive impact on lesbian and gay citizens and their allies when California votes to give rights to poultry and take them away from human beings.
Did Mr. Bacon remember that California also voted on Proposition 4 - an abortion issue?
The initiative would prohibit abortion for unemancipated minors until 48 hours after physician notifies minor’s parent, legal guardian or, if parental abuse has been reported, an alternative adult family member.
The proposed initiative, if enacted as a constitutional amendment, would have:
Provides exceptions for medical emergency or parental waiver.
Permits courts to waive notice based on clear and convincing evidence of minor’s maturity or best interests.
Mandates reporting requirements, including reports from physicians regarding abortions on minors.
Authorizes monetary damages against physicians for violation.
Requires minor’s consent to abortion, with exceptions.
Permits judicial relief if minor’s consent is coerced.
California votes rights for poultry but refuses to even allow a parent to be notified before a child allows a doctor to murder a baby? Do these people really think the state is the better parent?
It is truly astounding that a man who calls himself a priest can so passionately work for the freedom of sexual practices, no matter how deviant or contrary to Scripture, but fail to hear the screams of the babies being killed daily. 1.3 million in the U. S. alone every year. Isn’t it a shame that the “hope” he preaches about is denied to the most innocent and vunerable amongst us?
The depravity of man grows deeper every day and the loss of Christian leaders in the Episcopal Church has become a screaming chasm filled with the bodies of babies. Babies whose death was lobbied for by The Episcopal Church.