The "progressive" hate group Courage Campaign released a vicious, scurrilous, and defamatory anti-Mormon ad opposing passage of California Proposition 8. Originally released on YouTube during this past weekend, it is slated to air on a number of California T.V. stations beginning midnight November 4th. What makes it defamatory is that, like Chad Hardy's "Men On A Mission" calendar, it misrepresents the image of LDS missionaries and defames the Church.
Except Chad Hardy never intended to defame the Church. In contrast, Courage Campaign fully intended to do so from the outset, and are possessed of the same spirit as the mobocrats who drove the LDS from Missouri and Illinois back in the 19th century, and who massacred innocent Mormons at Haun's Mill in 1838.
The video shows two individuals decked out in LDS missionary attire knocking on a door. Two women representing a lesbian couple answer, and the "LDS missionaries" respond by entering the home, confiscating the womens' "wedding rings", and ripping up their "marriage license". Video embedded below:
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Rick Jacobs of Courage Campaign defended the ad. “The message behind the commercial is the Mormon Church is literally invading the houses of Californians through their TV sets, spreading lies and taking peoples lives away from them,” said Jacobs. “The church has been hiding behind its secrecy.” [Ed. Note: This is a blatant lie. The Church has been open about its support of Proposition 8 from day one.]
And LDS Church leaders wasted little time in firing back, issuing this statement on November 3rd: "The Church has joined a broad-based coalition in defense of traditional marriage. While we feel this is important to all of society, we have always emphasized that respect be given to those who feel differently on this issue. It is unfortunate that some who oppose this proposition have not given the Church this same courtesy".
A leading Utah communications scholar says that although negative ads are part and parcel of the American election process, this ad goes over the top. Dr. Dennis Alexander, professor emeritus of the University of Utah communications department, provided this assessment. "These young men rummaging through these women's house, or that sort of thing, you know, smacks of the same fear factor that if you're not with us real Americans, then you're terrorists. It's so bizarre, it's over the top," said Dr. Alexander.
Dr. Alexander then continued, "It's this assault attack, where one goes after the character of the individual, or in this case, the character of a church, or whoever they think are the proponents or opponents of it, and it's annihilation politics".
For those who remain confused about what Proposition 8 would do and why proponents of Proposition 8 believe gay marriage is not necessary, watch this YouTube video which breaks it down into understandable terms (hat tip to the Alienated Wannabe blog):
The attack ad represents an act of desperation on the part of Courage Campaign. Once leading in the polls by 14 points, the No on 8 forces were only leading by 5 points in an October 31st Field poll, and, according to KSL, the lead is now down to 3. Proposition 8 is now well within the margin of error and has a good chance to pass on November 4th.
And Courage Campaign and the forces they represent cannot stand it. While the majority of those who oppose Proposition 8 are honorable people who are truly concerned about the welfare of gay people, they are being hornswoggled by an evil cadre who want to tear down this country and turn it into a 21st century Soviet republic. Their champion, Barack Obama, fancies himself a modern-day Salvador Allende who wants to turn this country upside down. Once Allende took power, it took a constitutional coup using military power to remove him. That's the threat facing America should Obama prevail; read the concerns expressed editorially by the Provo Daily Herald.
Obama may prevail on November 4th, but we don't have to make it easy for him. Californians can place a spike strip in his path by voting Yes on Proposition 8.