Update: Gay Group Leaks Private Memos To Build Case Against Mormons

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The gay group Californians Against Hate (unless it's hate for Mormons) has published private memos between leaders in the church to make their case that the church covered up financial activities.

The group will file seven new charges against the church, which is already being investigated by the State because they dared stand up for traditional marriage with Proposition 8.

The leaked memos appear to be between General Authority Loren Dunn and other top leaders of the church. My guess is they were leaked or stolen from the office of the current North America Central Area, Steven E. Snow. Dunn is deceased. But then it is strange that the most recent memo is from January 1998.

The fact that the memos date back from 1995 to 1998 and involve a man who died years ago begs the obvious question: what does all this have to do with Proposition 8? Californians "Against" Hate claim the documents "show just how the Church operates and they illuminate the replication of the strategy in California in creating NOM to qualify and pass Proposition 8." No evidence is provided that has anything to do with NOM or Proposition 8.

The group claims: "The Mormon Church appears to have created the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) in the summer of 2007 to qualify California’s Proposition 8 for the November 2008 ballot." The site gives us a chart of supposed Board of Directors for NOM, conveniently putting the Mormons first. Only three out of ten in the supposed Board are Mormon leaders, and only two of those for the church .(The site won't admit that of course). Ridiculous?

It gets better. The first man listed on the NOM Board, the "Grand Strategist of Mormon Fight Against Same-sex Marriage" (Gordon B. Hinckley) died back in January 2008. The gay group must not know that, because they maintain that "All of these Board members are very interconnected. They all serve on each others Boards..."

Quickly looking through the leaked documents, I don't see anything that would indicate illegal behavior anyway. The group claims they illustrate that "nearly all of [the church's] activities are intended to be highly secretive." Again, no evidence to back this up. The church has divulged everything according the law. They claim the church has a "veil of secrecy" in their "national crusade." IndyBay goes even further, claiming this shows an "illegal campaign" They offer this story as evidence that the "LDS Church failed to report the full extent of its financial involvement last year."

Again, these memos were highly private, from one church leader to another. Is anything safe from these people? How did they get them? Are they legitamite? False allegations and flagrant claims against a private organization with nothing to back them up... Is that libel?

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