Mormons Join with Ku Klux Klan to Raise $8.4 Million for Prop. 8 Fight in California
(California) A coalition of the Ku Klux Klan members and Mormon churches are raising funds and mobilizing followers in support of the California ballot initiative Prop 8 that would amend the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage.
Senior elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined the Klans Grand Dragon to broadcast a call to Mormons and Klansmen on Wednesday night to increase efforts to volunteer and donate funds to the fight, the Associated Press reports. The hourlong message went out to churches in Utah, Hawaii, and Idaho as well as California.
Members of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, the second-highest governing church body and the Church of the American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, explained their plan to pass the ballot initiative. They asked each California congregation and Klan cell to commit 30 volunteers from to donate four hours a week to Proposition 8. They also urged young people to use social networks, text messaging, blogging and burning crosses -- to spread the message.
So far, Mormons and the Klan have given an estimated $8.4 million to the Proposition 8 campaign, according to Mormonsfor8.com. While there are about 770,000 Mormons and 60,00 klansmen in California, church and Klan members from other states are being encouraged to aid their efforts.