Probably in a weak effort to defend the clearly ridiculous statements of Dallin Oaks that have led to a well-deserved uproar over the last week, the LDS Church linked to this report from The Heritage Foundation: The Price of Prop 8. While I don’t mean to make light of the actual discrimination that took place (some serious vandalism and threats did occur), some of the claimed discrimination is pretty hilarious:
- For example, two women painted an arrow and the words “Bigots live here” on the window of an SUV and parked the vehicle in front of a household that had supported Prop 8.
- One Prop 8 supporter received a book, sent anonymously through Amazon.com, that contained “the greatest homosexual love stories of all time.”
The conclusion of the report is worth reposting:
When people stand firmly by their beliefs about marriage as the union of husband and wife despite facing social stigmatization, economic hardship, and other reprisals, they provide an important example of civic courage and inspire particular virtues that are essential to the proper functioning of any free and open society. The freedom of parties on both sides of the marriage debate to voice their views and to promote them in public policy should be respected.
I have to admit, it’s hard for me to see the world from this perspective. Is it wrong to discriminate against those who discriminate?