Thursday, October 23, 2008

Give a Little Bit

So, on Monday morning our little homeschool set aside our math workbooks and Russian lessons and attended a political rally. Not really being the activist type, I had never attended such an event before. But this was a rally for Prop 8, which you already know I feel very passionate about.

The rally was exciting and inspiring, as it was meant to be. It was also meant to be a positive media event, but I must say that I have been terribly disappointed with the media's coverage of the rally and press conference. Those who even covered the story at all published terrible pictures of people looking bored, angry, and disinterested. They spliced into their story about Prop 8 and those who support it very long personal interest stories about lesbian couples , recently married, who were portrayed as everyday and American as apple pie and who were quoted as saying that their "lives would be turned upside down if Prop 8 passes." This so-called unbiased coverage was clearly meant to sway the voters towards a no vote.

Today I have come across a couple noteworthy things about the Prop 8 campaign in California. First, here is an article in MarketWatch that cites a poll that has Yes on 8 ahead in the polls by 9 points among likely California voters. No wonder our local news stations had stopped reporting the poll numbers on Prop 8!

Secondly, LDS Girl shares a letter written by an LDS temple attender, who shares an experience in crossing protest lines to visit the Oakland Temple. Wow. Go read it.

Here is a press release by ProtectMarriage.Com sharing a letter they sent to the state Board of Education and other responsible parties. The aforementioned departments of our California government have insisted that gay marriage will not be taught in our schools. Here is an excerpt of the press release:
"Most interestingly, BOE President Mitchell seems unaware of guidelines on his own Web site, which state that 96 percent of school districts accept the technically voluntary sex education curriculum. Further, the California Department of Education (CDE) Web site notes specifically that in the 96 percent of school districts that do accept the curriculum, they are REQUIRED to include instruction and materials that “teach respect for marriage.”

Finally, I want to ask everyone who reads this, whether they have donated already or not, to go to right now and donate $10 more. It doesn't matter if you live out of state--this proposition will affect other states sooner or later. They say, "as goes California, so goes the nation." I know that we are all pinching pennies in this economy, but believe me, the people in Hollywood with fat wallets are giving plenty. You may have heard that the California Teacher's Association recently gave $1.25 million to defeat Prop 8. The only way that we can compete with that is if everyone who feels strongly about preserving marriage and family gives a little--or a lot, depending on your means. But all of us can afford $10 more. Go do it now. Do it for your kids. Do it for your grandkids. And if you have some time to give between now and election day, we could use your help!


Becky said...

Thanks Michal! If everyone who cares about this issue gives a little bit, we can all make a difference!!

Allison said...

It was a great rally, but you were actually the one that inspired me to give a little bit more. I know that I can't match the millons, but if millions give $10-20 we will have substantial donations.

An Ordinary Mom said...

We really are living in the last days. Thanks for taking such a proactive stance on the issue.

mindyluwho said...

I just caught up on your blog Michal. I love all the posts and how much effort you are putting into this issue. It is frightening to think of what the consequences will be if it is voted down.