Broadway Blacklisting Donors of Prop 8 in Reverse, McCarthy-esque Witch Hunt

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Scott Eckern, Artistic Director of the California Musical Theater (and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) has been forced to resign amidst threats of boycott among the Gay/Lesbian-sympathetic musical theater industry. What did he do to deserve this action? Embezzle the theater's funds? Molest children? No, in the eyes of some he did much worse: he donated $1000 to the "Yes on 8" campaign in support of traditional marriage. Mr. Eckern was identified as a Prop 8 supporter, presumably off of one of the many searchable databases that have been made available, and the California Musical Theater was immediately put under great pressure to force him to resign or risk boycott by actors, producers, composers, etc. in the industry. Mr Eckern issued the following statement, apologizing for the uproar that has been caused by his personal belief in traditional marriage(!!!):


"I understand that my choice of supporting Proposition 8 has been the cause of many hurt feelings, maybe even betrayal. It was not my intent. I honestly had no idea that this would be the reaction. I chose to act upon my belief that the traditional definition of marriage should be preserved. I support each individual to have rights and access and I understood that in California domestic partnerships come with the same rights that come with marriage. My sister is a lesbian and in a committed domestic partnership relationship. I am loving and supportive of her and her family, and she is loving and supportive of me and my family. I definitely do not support any message or treatment of others that is hateful or instills fear. This is a highly emotional issue and the accusations that have been made against me are simply not true. I have now had many conversations with friends and colleagues, and I am deeply saddened that my personal beliefs and convictions have offended others. My choice to support the Proposition was personal, and does not represent the views and opinions of California Musical Theatre or the many people associated with the organization. I was required by law to identify my employer and occupation at the time of my donation. [...]

I chose to express my views through the democratic process, and I am deeply sorry for any harm or injury I have caused in doing so. I want to support not only my friends and loved ones, but everyone in their efforts to receive equal rights so I will be making a comparable donation ($1000) to the Human Rights Campaign. I hope that through future conversations bridges may be built and healing can occur that will allow us to arrive at a better place of understanding for all involved.
I am leaving California Musical Theatre after prayerful consideration to protect the organization and to help the healing in the local theatre-going and creative community. California Musical Theatre will continue to welcome with open arms all staff, artists and audiences who collaborate in the experience that live theatre does best -- to lift the human spirit. I will continue to be in the audience to cheer on all the good work. It has been an honor to serve alongside those I love and respect in this noble profession. I am disappointed that my personal convictions have cost me the opportunity to do what I love the most which is to continue enriching the Sacramento arts and theatre community."

What kind of “Brave New World” are we coming to when a decent man is forced from his job for exercising his constitutional right and supporting traditional, stable marriage? Ladies and gentlemen, this is only the beginning. Who can doubt that as we speak angry anti-traditional marriage protectors are scouring the databases (so thoughtfully provided by websites such as Google and the San Francisco Chronicle) to find Prop 8 supporters that they can hurt or publically humiliate in any way possible. This is nothing less than outright brute-politics intimidation of the supporters of traditional marriage. This is the modern-day equivalent of the political bosses sending the thugs out to beat up their opponents and leave them lying, broken in the alley. There will be more threats of violence and arson (as protesters have vowed to burn the Los Angeles LDS Temple to the ground), more smearing and besmirching of principled decent people (Dante Atkins, an elected delegate to the California State Democrat Convention has openly called for harassment of individuals on the Pop 8 donation list), more brain-washing of our children in the public school system until the Gay/Lesbian community feels that enough people accept/embrace their life-style choices.

All the while, the California state politicians that we put in office (including Governor Schwarzenegger) are pushing our State Supreme Court to again over-rule the democratic vote of the people and overturn for a second time the elected amendment to ban gay marriage. I have seen few examples in our nation’s history more blatant than this when the “ruling” politicians spit in the face of democracy and over-rule the constitutionally decided will of the majority. And to think, the issue they choose to force is not to save our country from illogical public opinion but rather to destroy the until-now universally accepted and fundamental institution of marriage.

Fellow Americans, our freedoms, principles and even livelihoods are under attack by those who would have us live in that “Brave New World” where good is bad and bad is good. It is time to circle up the wagons and stand for what we believe. It is time to talk to your friends and family about what is going on and where we must stand strong. The political mobilization of the church-going people of California (especially the Mormons) scared the amoral left to death because of its effectiveness. They will do anything to silence us into shame or fear once again. We must flex our own muscle or risk being crushed under the power of politicians, activists, thugs, state educators and the like who want nothing more than to destroy any sense of morals or decency in our society. We must love all of our fellow men, but we must never accept the homosexual lifestyle and legitimate and equal to the traditional family. We must be activists in our own right to convince others of the necessity of morals and decency. We must not continue in our belief that only we have these beliefs and the rest of the world is gone to pot. The Prop 8 vote in California proved that this is not so: If we can overcome the bias imbedded in others by the media and public schools, we find that many people desire morals and logical policies just as we do.

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