Beckett’s full-page NYT ad Supports the LDS Church on Prop 8

KSL tells us that

A group that supports the stand The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took on California’s Proposition 8 took out a full-page ad in today’s New York Times.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty placed the ad, which is titled “No Mob Veto.” [snip]

The ad says what began as “demonstrations” against the Church have gotten out of hand. It goes on to say, “Religious wars are wrong; they are also dangerous. Those who fail to condemn or seem to condone that intimidation are at fault as well.” [snip]

The Church says the ad, which is signed by scholars, dignitaries, and religious leaders from a variety of faiths, comes at a time when the right of free expression of people of faith has come under attack.

So who is the Beckett Fund? They have a web site, but good luck finding any actual information about the people behind them. The web site is conspicuously lacking names. I checked out the ad and found exactly thirteen names of “scholars, dignitaries, and religious leaders” (see below) and found the church failed to mention at least one convicted criminal in the person of Watergate Seven scoundrel Chuck Colson (I know I’m going to hear about all the good things he’s done since prison — still.)

Well, we all want to say hurray for our side. But the Becket Fund is just another conservative think tank focused on religious issues that they happen to approve of. They filed an amicus brief supporting Pleasant Grove City in the Supreme Court case involving the small religious group Summum.

This is not to say Beckett’s support is not helpful to the Mormon church, but it’s important to keep in perspective who they are and the scope of their mission. Their NoMobVeto site is under construction but they do have a page soliciting contributions and stating that “All contributions to The Becket Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.” Methinks maybe Beckett sees an opportunity to tap into the millions of dollars church members will surely willingly donate to this cause, especially now that the Mormon church has embraced Beckett.

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  1. #1 by Leo Brown on December 6, 2008 - 11:13 pm

    Here is a link to the text of the ad.

    I am, too, am opposed to mobs and those who seek not to persuade, but to intimidate, and I do not approve of thuggery.

  2. #2 by Cliff Lyon on December 7, 2008 - 10:23 am

    Leo, I am saddened to see you continue to push the ‘mobs’ and ‘thugs’ thing. It does not justify the cruelty of Prop 8. The mob are the ones in the pews.

  3. #3 by ThaddeusQ on December 8, 2008 - 8:24 am

    (I know I’m going to hear about all the good things he’s done since prison — still.)

    Kind of like all the supposed good that Bill Ayers did since being a terrorist?

  4. #4 by Becky on December 8, 2008 - 11:35 am


    Bill Ayers was never convicted of any crime and served no time in jail, unlike Colson, whom I’m sure has become a very good citizen and is most sorry for his criminal acts.

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