In the comments section, fellow blogger (and apparent humanitarian!) Stephanie of The Water Glass wrote the following:
I did phone banking for No on Prop 8 last night, and it was a pleasant surprise. I have something of a phobia about making calls to people I don't know, so I was very surprised when I found myself actually enjoying the No on 8 phone banking. I was nervous for the first few calls, but once I got into a groove it felt really good to be doing something positive to support the campaign....
Getting calls out helps correct the misinformation that is being spread by proponents of Prop 8. Check out NoOnProp8.com for information about where you can volunteer.
Clearing up that misinformation is vitally important. For those of you who are not in California, you're lucky enough to be spared the fear-mongering, lie-filled ads that are showing up on television, like this one here. And the latest one, full of half-truths and scare tactics, is running full force:
Lie #1: "Schools began teaching second graders that boys can marry boys." The ad is referring to one specific Massachusetts court case. Using the plural "schools" is a gross exaggeration to make it sound like its a widespread practice that's terrorizing the state.
Lie #2: "Under California law, public schools instruct kids about marriage." According to the Los Angeles Times, "there is nothing in the state education code that requires schools to teach anything about marriage. Even the decision about whether to offer comprehensive sex education is left up to individual school districts." Also, unlike Massachusetts, California has broad opt-out provisions that allow parents to remove their children from class if they feel certain material is objectionable.
Lie #3: "Teaching children about gay marriage will happen here unless we pass Proposition 8." Prop 8 has absolutely nothing to do with school instruction; the state education code barely even mentions any kind of marriage at all, let alone instruction; and guess what?—there are already provisions that say that instruction may not promote bias against anyone on the basis of several categories, including sexual orientation. That's right! The education code has already been protecting gays for years—with no fanfare or controversy or corruption of schoolchildren. Check out the Sacramento Bee.
For any parents out there who still believe that there is some secret homosexual agenda that involves indoctrinating your children, could you please step back for a moment and see how ABSURD that is?!
Believe what you want about gay marriage, but don't spread lies to prove your point. It makes you come across as hateful, petty, childish, mean, and, frankly, a bit stupid. Yes, I said, "Stupid." When you start building your case without the use of lies, ridiculous exaggerations, and deceitful scare tactics, then we can have a healthy discourse.
All this is moot anyway because here is what that ad is really trying to say, ha ha ha ha ha:
Can't phone bank? You can still correct misinformation, even from afar, by commenting on blogs. You can even use my text here, no credit necessary. Just spread the word.