Mormon temples in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City that have been the targets of pro-gay marriage protesters have coincidentally also become the targets of domestic terrorism as letters containing white powder have been delivered to both.
The temple in the Westwood area of Los Angeles was evacuated before a hazardous materials crew determined the envelope’s contents were not toxic, said FBI spokesman Jason Pack.
The temple in downtown Salt Lake City, where the church is based, received a similar envelope containing a white powder that spilled onto a clerk’s hand.
The room was decontaminated and the envelope taken by the FBI for testing. The clerk showed no signs of illness, but the scare shut down a building at Temple Square for more than an hour, said Scott Freitag, a spokesman for the Salt Lake City Fire Department.
Protesters unwilling to accept the results of California’s ballot measure banning same-sex marriage in the state have been targeting Mormons because of the church’s strong financial support of the measure.
Moe Lane at Red State, who opposed the gay marriage ban, likens the action to phoning an abortion clinic with a bomb threat.
You know how you have all those arguments about why that’s a Bad Thing? The panic that it causes among people who might actually be innocent bystanders; the strain it puts on emergency rescue workers that have to worry that today may be The Day Things Go Wrong; the way it traumatizes, angers, and maybe even radicalizes the people who interact with the people that got targeted… you know, those arguments? Yeah, well, they apply here, too.
Meanwhile, Michelle Malkin wonders when the President-elect, who won by the same margin as California’s Proposition 8, is going to snap his bony fingers and lay some hopechange on these people to calm them down.
Pssst. Hey, “Lightworker.” Yeah, you, “Mr. Soul-fixer.” Bearer of “Hope and Change.”
Perhaps you would care to weigh in and work your healing magic on the anti-Prop. 8 rabble-rousers who continue to wreak havoc on Mormon churches in several cities and states and blacklisting peaceful voters who supported the ballot measure.
It is getting very ugly out there and no one in the Democratic leadership has stepped up to condemn the insane rage, to borrow a phrase.
And Bill Mariott of Mariott International wants it known that, although he is a Mormon, neither he nor his company donated to support of Proposition 8.
Gay-rights activists urged their supporters to boycott Marriott hotels around the world because of Marriott’s membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which raised about $22 million for the initiative that passed Nov. 4.
For the past 20 years, Marriott International has had domestic-partner benefits and has earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for two years in a row, Marriott said in a release. Many of the hotels have hosted gay-community functions and events for years.
Remember how the “Hollywood Blacklist” of the late ’40s and early ’50s was the worst thing to ever happen to our country? It looks like the modern version of rounding up anyone who may in any tangential way be on what you think is the wrong side of an issue and putting them on a list targeted for destruction is called the “Organized Boycott” and it’s not so bad anymore.
Already, high-profile Sacramento theater director Scott Eckern, who donated to the Yes on 8 campaign, resigned his job of 25 years after opponents threatened to boycott the theater. A host of businesses, ranging from restaurants to car dealers, have been targeted by boycotts after their owners’ or employees’ names appeared on pro-8 donor lists. And in workplaces around the state, employers and employees are watching their backs.
Proponents of Proposition 8 have labeled the activities “mob justice” and decried the donor boycotts as “McCarthyism.” The measure had passed 52-48 percent.
“People have the right to protest, but when you go over the line deciding to send out blacklists and boycotts because you lost, that is wrong; that is intolerable,” said Frank Schubert, manager of the pro-Proposition 8 campaign. “It’s a political mob as bad as McCarthy was.”