Archive for January, 2009

Sean Penn on Prop 8: Shame on Mormons and Blacks

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

by Steven Mikulan

January 15, 2009 9:39 AM

Last night’s L.A. Times Gold Derby blog presented a video clip of a somber Sean Penn at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, where his portrayal of gay icon Harvey Milk had won the Best Actor Award. Penn did not look to be in the mood for a political discussion, but when asked by Tom O’Neil and Scott Feinberg about the passage of Proposition 8, the anti-gay marriage initiative, Penn didn’t hold back.

“The Proposition 8 thing was a fiasco in California. Mormon movement should be ashamed of itself, the black constituency that supported Prop 8 should be ashamed of itself.” Penn was less certain of whether or not a pre-election day release of Milk would have helped beat Prop 8.

Tom Hanks Says Mormon Supporters of Proposition 8 ‘Un-American’

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

By Hollie McKay
Fox News

Tom Hanks says supporting Proposition 8 is discriminatory.

LOS ANGELES —

Tom Hanks Says Mormon Supporters of Prop-8 “Un-American”

Tom Hanks, an Executive Producer for HBO’s controversial polygamist series “Big Love,” made his feelings toward the Mormon Church’s involvement in California’s Prop 8 (which prohibits gay marriage) very clear at the show’s premiere party on Wednesday night.

“The truth is this takes place in Utah, the truth is these people are some bizarre offshoot of the Mormon Church, and the truth is a lot of Mormons gave a lot of money to the church to make Prop-8 happen,” he told Tarts. “There are a lot of people who feel that is un-American, and I am one of them. I do not like to see any discrimination codified on any piece of paper, any of the 50 states in America, but here’s what happens now. A little bit of light can be shed, and people can see who’s responsible, and that can motivate the next go around of our self correcting Constitution, and hopefully we can move forward instead of backwards. So let’s have faith in not only the American, but Californian, constitutional process.”

When informed of the “Forrest Gump” star’s comments, Kim Farah, a spokesperson for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, told Tarts, “Expressing an opinion in a free and democratic society is as American as it gets.”

Bill McKeever, a rep for the Mormonism Research Ministry, added, “Personally, I find it un-American to tell people that they shouldn’t vote their conscience. Hanks said he doesn’t ‘like to see any discrimination codified on any piece of paper.’ Considering that just about every law discriminates in some form or another, makes this comment ridiculous. Hanks’ comment shows that he very much believes in discriminating against people with whom he disagrees. I may not agree with Mormon theology, but I certainly defend their right to express their opinion.

American News Project Reveals Mormon Prop 8 Bombshell

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

NEWS RELEASE

Video News Story Uncovers Secret

Transcript and Audio of Church’s Simulcast

Steven Greenstreet, Producer at the prestigious American News Project (ANP)
http://americannewsproject.com/ a Washington, D.C. based news organization, just released a 7 minute video with brand new information on what some are calling proof that the Salt Lake City, Utah based Mormon Church spent large sums of money to communicate with California voters in order to pass Prop 8 last fall. The Church had released only a 4 minute edited down version of its hour long simulcast on its web site last October that was broadcast to every Mormon Church building in 5 Western States. ANP obtained written and audio copies of the entire broadcast, including the missing 56 minutes.

I will today forward this information to the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) in Sacramento. The FPPC is in the midst of an active investigation of the Mormon Church’s alleged lack of reporting of its direct expenditures on behalf of Prop 8.

Click on the headline below to take you to this amazing story:

Prop 8 – Did Mormons Go Too Far?

By Steven Greenstreet on Jan 14, 2009
Activists claim that money from the Mormon Church was the deciding factor in passing Proposition 8 in California – banning gay marriage. The church claims to have only spent a few thousand dollars on the campaign, but ANP has uncovered evidence that may expose a gaping hole in that claim. Also, the IRS forbids religious organizations from “substantially” lobbying for political legislation. Did the Mormon Church violate this law?


Keywords:
confidential, exposed, gay marriage, internal revenue service, IRS, law, lobbying, mormon church, mormons, prop 8, proposition 8, secret, tax

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And it’s up on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWCum9yQhTg