Yesterday Alex and Serena both wrote about the tremendous amount of money that the Mormon Church is directing towards the gay marriage bans in California and Arizona. But this story is about more that just money. It's about a powerful church with coffers full of money, stung for a century by an untruth about polygamy that just won't go away . . . and now, the opportunity to mount a campaign to kill this old bird and in doing so add the bonus of stamping out for a generation or more the hopes of thousands of GLBT folks to find marital bliss . . . this is the Perfect Storm of Religion vs. State.
Something is happening in the land, and by the time the electorate awakens on Wednesday, November 5th, it will be all over except the shouting. The Mormon Church, in my opinion the most powerful church in the United States (and perhaps the world), has very carefully orchestrated the process needed to write into the constitutions of three states the ultimate in discrimination against GLBT folks . . . forever forbidding them to marry.
Why? It may be just as simple as this . . . a final attempt by the gerontological leadership of the LDS Church, averaging in age in the 80's, hearkening back to a previous century and all the grief they've taken about polygamy, to convince the world once and for all that this is not the weird church out of Utah that believes in polygamous marriage, but the global church that believes in one man, one woman marriage. Oh, and it's the church with the power and wherewithal to write discrimination into the constitutions of our states.
Are they willing to 'bet the ranch' on this roll of the dice? You betcha. Why? Because they look upon themselves as the 'only true church in all the world today.' With such an elitist attitude, why not act on it? How?
It has to do with HEROIC GOALS, the kind I taught hundreds of pre-missionary youth before they were called for their Mormon missions. You see, ordinary goals do not excite the youth of today, nor their parents. They are only excited by extraordinary, HEROIC GOALS...the ones that take the ultimate in commitment because they are set so high. What goal is higher than changing the world?
There is a basic tenet of Mormonism you have to understand. No one wants to sacrifice for the Lord more than 'active' Mormons do. And the ultimate in doing so is following the words of the Prophet exactly. Our youth are brought up to treasure the chance to go on a mission, which they pay for themselves to the tune of more than $10,000. The HEROIC GOAL here is to convert the whole world to the LDS religion. Mormons now proudly have members in every country in the world, and missionaries by the hundreds in many of them.
But they haven't converted everyone, so as adults they still have this tremendous desire to get it done. In genealogy they intend to convert everyone who is now dead to the Church, or at least give each dead person a chance to accept the LDS religion. To that end there are almost 100 cameras in every part of the world digitizing records from every possible place to add to the billions of names already secured in granite vaults in the mountains of Utah. Another HEROIC GOAL . . . baptize BILLIONS!
The Church has grown until it is now the fourth largest in the US, with nearly 6,000,000 members here and 13,000,000+ around the world. Because of the emphasis on tithing, the Church coffers are filled to the brim with money that is being freely spent to improve the image of the Church throughout the world.
However, fearing they might lose tax exempt status, they have engineered the giving for ballot measures so that the Mormon Church is using the money of its members, as well as their time and efforts, rather than the money of the Church itself. With these finances, it has embarked on a carefully orchestrated plan to change the world we live in. By calling this the Final Battle in Church vs. State, they are able to marshal a literal army to donate money and walk the streets . . . why? To defeat the Gay Marriage.
The Mormon Church has finally come into its own, and the galvanizing is taking place around the gay marriage amendments in California, Arizona, and Florida. California is the 'mother lode' in this because 'as goes California, so goes the nation.' We've heard that over and over, and the Mormon Church believes it, too.
Thousands of pastors in other denominations have been duped into following Salt Lake's lead. They are so enamored of 'How the Mormons Do It,' that they are willing to follow the Church's lead into hell if that's where it is to take them. Just the fact that the Mormons are including them in this fight means that they are willing to drop all the slings and arrows against the LDS Church to be able to fight side by side in this battle.
You can just sense their glee. They are used to being outsiders who are not privileged to understanding how the Mormons can do what they do. They are envious of the amounts of money that can be raised by the Mormons, and the wonderful coordination of how the faithful fall in line at the mere hint from the Prophet. And now they have been invited to the 'inner circle,' where they are finally allowed to sit at the table and view how it is done firsthand.
Recently the Mormons were able to get some 3,200 pastors in California on two different conference calls to coordinate the efforts of other religions all across the state. In addition, there are 25,000 people canvassing for the amendment each weekend, the majority of which are members of the Mormon Church. Thousands more are calling from all across the nation on their cell phones to voters in California. This has been totally orchestrated by the Mormon Church, but it can now call on a 'coalition' of faiths to provide legitimacy.
If one person has a HEROIC GOAL, and another one doesn't, who do you think is going to win? Until we completely understand that this is really so BIG it is unbelievable, we won't be able to muster the wherewithal to fight this challenge. This really is the battle for our age. Please spread this Perfect Storm Scenario far and wide so that everyone will understand . . . this is for keeps as far as the Mormons are concerned.