Regardless of what you think of California’s passing of Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment banning all state-sanctioned civil marriage agreements between two people whose only crime was that they happened to be of the same gender (for our take on this argument, see this post), what has become crystal clear in the last few days, was that the Mormon church acted inappropriately as a religious organization by spending millions of dollars lobbying to get this bill passed.
In fact, $4 out of $5 of every dollar spent on pro-Prop8 advertising was funded by the Church of Latter-Day Saints. This makes the passing of Proposition 8 great news for Mormons and Cub Scouts (an organization in which I proudly served, earning merit badges for both “making fires” and “baking delicious cookies”), but potentially bad news for the organization as a whole. Talk to me, IRS:
Section 501(c)(3) describes corporations, and any community chest, fund, or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literacy, or educational purposes, or to foster national or international amateur sports competition (but only if no part of its activities involve the provision of athletic facilities or equipment), or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual, no substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation (except as otherwise provided in section (h)), and which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.
Regardless of what you think of all those mo’mos getting to wear tuxedos, hold hands and enjoy tax breaks, it is clear that some lines were crossed in the gross flexing of power executed by the Church of Latter-Day Saints, who used their war chest of tax-free dollars to pass a resolution that many Californians disagree with (because, as we all know, half of everyone living on the West Coast are as gay as the day is, long). I urge our readers, then, to visit the “Mormons Stole Our Rights” website, to learn more and sign a petition to revoke the Mormons’ tax-exempt status.
Gawd, politics are on the air, huh? We’ll get back to the pickled apricot reviews soon, I promise.