Recently, while attending a conference about Music and Community, I learned a most wonderful exercise called, “I Noticed”. It is a technique we used to describe an experience, and to share with others how something effected the experience. I have decided to use this technique concerning what I have noticed surrounding Proposition 8:

Robe stretch viscose I noticed in the recent LA Times article covering a prayer service provided by a “mega-church” in San Mega-Church Publicity ShotDiego, that all of the people featured in the picture were middle class white people. This picture made known the realization that most people supporting Proposition 8 were Caucasian, and that through the commercials propagating half truths, no people of color were represented.

I noticed that almost all the people involved in favor of Proposition 8 would fight tooth and nail to prevent a Muslim suggesting that mention be made of Allah, yet have no trouble pushing their concept of a deity upon others, in direct conflict with the concept of the separation of Church and State, a doctrine written into the Constitution to prevent a Theocracy (a nation defined by the state’s view of religious beliefs).

I noticed, when looking at the readings for this coming Sunday, that Evangelical Christians love to use the book of Leviticus to foster bigotry in the name of their God, they would be hard pressed to follow reconcile this passage which demands non-judgmental regard for others:

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying:

Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.

You shall not render an unjust judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbor. You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not profit by the blood of your neighbor: I am the LORD.

You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin; you shall reprove your neighbor, or you will incur guilt yourself. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD. (Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18)

I noticed that when I drive around my neighborhood, most people who have McCain-Palin signs on their lawns also have Yes on 8 posters.

I noticed that churches which have raised millions of dollars to reverse the court mandate, have no regard for the poor, the lonely, the voiceless, and maginalized in direct disobedience to the teaching of Jesus, the one with whom they claim to follow.

I noticed that we are witnessing the public display of white based heterosexism, designed to hold on to power.

I noticed that most who use scripture as the strong arm of of authority, are interested in their control, not God’s, and have no clue as to what the Bible says, how it was formed, and why it came into being.

I noticed that most Evangelicals regurgitate with little or no understanding.