Maggie Gallagher is shocked that people would make this nasty ad about the Mormons. As Andy Sullivan points out, Mormons have put considerable money and effort to pass Proposition 8 in California, which would ban same sex marriage. Mormons are not the only people to support Prop 8, however, so I don’t think it was necessary to call them out.
I’m of two minds on this. If a religious faction is trying to change laws to suit its doctrines, then I think it’d better be prepared to take hits from people who disagree with them. This is about political activity, not religious activity. If the ad were criticizing Mormon doctrine that would be a different matter.
Put another way, Mormons have a right to practice whatever religion they want to practice. But when they try to impose their religious views on everyone through law, then they should be expected to be treated like a political faction, not a religion.
As I said, I’m of two minds on this. I don’t like to see a religious group demonized or caricatured. But when a religious organization is operating in the political sphere, criticizing its political activities is not necessarily anti-religious bigotry.