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Do businesses have an obligation to morality?

By Joseph Delli Gatti

Companies often jump on board with principles such as “equal opportunity” and environmental initiatives intended to promote a certain brand or reputation among consumers.  But are businesses truly obligated to maintain these reputations behind the scenes – not just ensuring a diverse workforce and using products that are biodegradable?   At the same time that many companies put energy-star compliant ratings on products, they also use pornography (sex) and appeal of law breaking (speeding, stealing, etc) to excite people to buy these products.

Kaiser Permanente has dedicated substantial advertising efforts into promoting health and well-being.  Kaiser also maintains non-profit status, accepts medicare/medicaid patients, and promotes service opportunities among its employees. Continue reading

The Facade of California’s LGBT Movement

On Flickr.com, I saw a picture of a person holding up a sign that claimed that Mormons (the LDS faith) represented 2 percent of California’s population, but constituted 70 percent of donations to the Prop 8 campaign.  It surprised me that 2 percent of California’s population appears to be so wealthy in proportion to the anti-Prop 8 campaigners, so I did some math.

If this claim were correct, every Mormon man, woman, and child would have to donate $41.76 each on average.  Large stereotypical Mormon families with an average of five children each would be donating an average of $292.33 per family.  These numbers are if every single Mormon family donated.  This would constitute amazing participation – 100 percent participation! Continue reading

Contention in Christianity and Politics

As a follower of Christ, and as an avid supporter of Proposition 8, I have heard some arguments from both sides that have troubled me, and that have caused me to reflect on my actions and sentiments.

A certain popular Book of Mormon scripture is quoted sometimes by members of my own faith to either justify passivity or to promote tolerance on the subject of homosexuality and homosexual “marriage”.  Yet, this same scripture and the entire concept of tolerance, which tends to accompany the scripture, is used as a plea to accept homosexual “marriage” and homosexual activity as a societal norm – it just never sits right in my heart.  Usually, I recognize that unsettling feeling as God telling me to look into the statement, and either find the error in my thinking or the error of the opposition’s argument. Continue reading

The Unchangeable Definition of Marriage

by Joseph Delli Gatti

Marriage has become a hot topic, not just online, but in the news, in political campaigns, and in the courts around the country.  There seems to be a lot of confusion about what marriage is or what it can be.  I find myself somewhat amazed that five states in our nation have actually conceded that, not only is a homosexual “marriage” possible, but that the state should recognize homosexual relationships as publicly accepted marriages – to be held in the same esteem by society as a heterosexual marriage.  I certainly disagree.

A lot of explanations exist online as to why homosexual relationships should or shouldn’t be recognized as marriages.  Many articles discuss civil rights and equality for homosexuals, whether or not homosexuality is inborn, and whether or not homosexuals can control what is perceived by a majority of Americans as immoral behavior (see states that approve of/acknowledge homosexual marriages).  All of the articles that I have read on the subject erred in their focus.   Continue reading

Still More Thoughts on Prop 8: a subjective approach

By Joseph Delli Gatti

Below is a response letter that I wrote to Marc Olmsted, author of this linked article.  Marc is gay and fought to ban Proposition 8, but came to the conclusion that it was the wrong move.  He proposed an alternate solution to provide greater validation of gay relationships.  While I don’t support his suggestion, he did provide some insights to me about what a gay couple might gain from a publicly recognized and sanctioned relationship.  

I felt somewhat inspired to share my perspective on the matter from more of a subjective angle as well.  Objectivity is important, but subjectivity allows a peek into an individual and their feelings.  That’s what I hope is provided here.  Some slight modifications and edits have been made from the original.   Continue reading