I’ve written a lot about Prop 8, and I spend a lot of time Googling news stories about it. I’m reading quite a bit, and it saddens me that people on both sides of the issue are getting more and more worked up, calling each other names – and nothing is getting resolved.
Yesterday, the daughter of the owner of a restaurant in L.A., the El Coyote, who had donated $100 to the “Yes on 8” campaign invited the GLBT community and press to the restaurant to try to resolve the issue. It didn’t go well because she didn’t apologize and the protestors basically said that the boycott was on. This much was reported by the major news sources. However, by digging into blogs of people who were actually there, I found out more (why do I have to dig so hard for this?). The manager of the restaurant (who is openly gay) said that the restaurant would donate $10,000 to GLBT organizations. This is a small restaurant whose employees depend on it for their livelihood. With the large donation they are making, and if the daughter would agree to give up her management position with the restaurant, I would think that would be good enough. Let’s not be mercenary. But apparently the protesters weren’t satisfied. I’m not really sure why not.
Likewise, whoever sent the envelopes to the LDS temples in L.A. and Salt Lake City with unidentified powder in them needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If they have anything to do with the prop 8 protest, I am appalled. This is simply taking things way too far.
I’ve been reading blogs, and comments about news stories, and so many people think it is okay to lose common civility in the virtual world. Calling each other stupid, ignorant, haters, whiners – and so many other awful names – I can’t participate in these diatribes. I simply won’t play. If someone wants to engage in a thoughtful, rational, and polite discourse, I will be happy to do so. Otherwise, go fight with someone else.
So tomorrow is the National Protest Day. So let’s all be civil about it, okay?