Thursday, January 7, 2010

Prop8 proponents don’t want the public to know the truth.

The following is a reprint of a time sensitive letter from the Courage Campaign. I urge you to read it and to sign the petition to make the Prop 8 federal trial public. It is fascinating that the religious right are so terrified of their deeds being exposed to the light of day before the public.

"For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does what is true comes to the light, that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought in God." John 3: 20-21

The letter from the Courage Campaign follows in full:

Yesterday, we asked you to respond to Judge Vaughn Walker's request for public comment on potentially televising the Prop 8 federal trial that starts Monday. In less than 24 hours, an amazing 82,103 people have joined you in signing the letter from the Courage Campaign Institute and CREDO Action.

Thank you for signing the letter. Now we need you to spread the word by forwarding this message to your friends urgently. Despite Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling below (please read on), right-wing groups like the National Organization for Marriage and Focus on the Family are gathering signatures to stop any broadcast of the Prop 8 trial. Please tell your friends ASAP.

GOAL: 100,000 signatures. DEADLINE: Friday 9 AM

The news is spreading like wildfire. And it's both good and bad.
From a San Jose Mercury News article:
"Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker approved court-operated cameras in his courtroom for delayed release on YouTube, but rejected a bid by media organizations to televise the proceedings themselves for live broadcast."
This decision is NOT final: Judge Walker is leaving the public comment period open until Friday, pending a ruling on his decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
While we are pleased that the trial may be on a delayed broadcast via YouTube at least, our call for full transparency -- a televised broadcast that network news and cable channels can pick up live, as it happens -- has not been met.
And, it's entirely possible that the 9th Circuit Appeals Court may overrule Judge Walker's ruling, shutting down all broadcasting -- even a delayed daily YouTube broadcast. Lawyers representing supporters of Prop. 8 have already opposed broadcasting the trial in any form whatsoever and are likely to fight Walker's ruling.
Millions of lives across America will be affected by this federal trial challenging Prop 8. That's why more than 80,000 people have already signed our letter asking for a televised trial. To keep up the pressure before the public comment period closes on Friday, please sign here now:

GOAL: 100,000 signatures
. DEADLINE: Friday 9 AM

With right-wing religious groups like NOM and Focus on the Family organizing against televising the trial, we need as many signatures on this letter as possible.
If you know other people who believe the Prop 8 trial should be televised so that as many people as possible can see it, please forward this message to them ASAP.
Thank you so much for your incredible response to this critical action. We will update you again as soon as news breaks.

Rick Jacobs
Chair, Courage Campaign Institute  

1 comment:

Jackie said...

Thanks for this article Fr. Geoff. I signed the petition and hope that many others do too. If people believe that what they are doing is right why would they feel the need to hide who they are?