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Are Mormons the victims in the Prop. 8 fight?

December 2, 2008 |  8:47 am

Pro-same-sex marriage demonstrators gather outside the Mormon Temple in West Los Angeles

There has been growing chatter among conservative writers in recent days about the anti-Mormon tone of those protesting the passage of Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in California. The argument: The tough talk would not be used on another religious group. In today's Times, Jonah Goldberg says:

At a pro-gay-marriage rally in Los Angeles after the vote, chants of "Mormon scum!" were reported. Envelopes containing white powder have been sent to Mormon temples in California and Utah; vandals hit other temples. Lists of businesses to boycott -- essentially Mormon blacklists -- have sprung up on the Internet. The artistic director of the California Musical Theatre resigned because of pressure after it was revealed he gave $1,000 to a pro-Proposition 8 group. It's amazing. Hollywood liberals, who shout "McCarthyism!" as a first resort, see nothing wrong with this. If Jews were attacked in this way for giving too much money to a political cause, Barbra Streisand would already have a French passport.

At Mormon Times, there's the argument that the Mormon role in Proposition 8's passage has been greatly exaggerated.

--Shelby Grad

Photo: Demonstrators at an anti-Prop 8 rally gather outside the Mormon temple in West L.A. on November 6. Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times.