As most Americans can probably agree, last Tuesday was a fantastic day in the on-going struggle for civil rights. Except for when it wasn't.
While the rest of the country was busy taking a huge step forward by electing a black president, that ultra-conservative state of California was busy stepping backwards and voting to amend their state constitution to take away gay people's right to get married. It figures. If there's one state that screams out "anti-gay," it's California. Can't you just see the people dancing in the streets of San Francisco after finding out that their hate-filled Proposition 8 passed.
There's been lots of blame going around for why Prop 8 passed, and a lot of it has landed firmly on the firm shoulders of religious organizations. After all the Mormons and James Dobson's Focus on the Family funneled millions of dollars into California (from their HQs outside the state). And the lack of support from many black churches certainly didn't help none.
However, there is one religious group that was definitely not to blame: the Jews…
On Proposition 8, Jewish Angelinos voted 78 percent against the ban while only 8 percent supported the ban, according to the survey of 1,200 voters in 50 precincts. The remainder declined to respond. The Jews’ vote against the ban was the highest proportion of any ethnic or religious group.
78 percent? That's huge.
Wow! It's almost like Jewish people might have a feeling about what it's like to be marginalized and oppressed.
Tags: California, Focus On the Family, James Dobson, Jewish, Mormon, Proposition 8