Last year, following the beating the Mormon church took for its massive financial and logistical support in favor of Proposition 8 that banned same-sex marriage in California, the church seemed to be toning down its opposition and seemed to be taking a more moderate approach to the issue. There were hopes that the church was slowly changing its views.
But it looks like that was a fake thaw, driven by their desire to not imperil the chances of Mitt Romney to become president. Now that that effort has gone down the tubes, Fred Karger says that the church seems to be reverting to anti-gay lobbying actions.
Now that Romney is not a factor anymore, the Mormon church is back fighting same-sex marriage. We discovered two letters that were read to all Mormon church members in Hawaii as the state was considering whether to legalize same sex marriage. The letters signed by high-ranking Mormon leaders asked church members to give of their “time and means” in order to defeat a bill. Fortunately, Hawaii didn’t listen to the Mormon church. It passed the bill earlier this month, becoming the 15th US state to allow gay marriage.
The Mormon church even pulled out its top law professor, Lynn Wardle, from church-owned Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. They flew him to Hawaii to testify against the gay marriage bill. Professor Wardle has long been the church’s leading legal mouthpiece in fighting gay marriage across the country.
The recently released official Mormon church documents published by Mother Jones, show that church has been acting more like Exxon-Mobil or AT&T than a religion. They have had up to 23 lobbyists in 23 states all over the country working to pass laws and constitutional amendments banning gay marriage and opposing each and every marriage equality bill.
It is astounding that the Mormon church appears to use tax deductible donations given to the church to lobby and run political issue campaigns. Official LDS church documents show the measures the LDS church took to keep its involvement secret and obscure the source of its funds.
Perhaps it’s time that the US Department of Justice and the IRS take a closer look at the Mormon church’s political activities to determine if its tax-exempt status allows for this. If the Mormon church wants to act like a corporation and not a religion, then its income should likely be taxed.
Of course the IRS is not going to do any such thing because almost all the religious organizations do similar things.
More evidence, if we needed it, of how religious institutions are willing to lie to cover up their true intentions.