Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Californians Against Hate, a pro-gay rights group, is exposing the major contributors to that state’s Proposition 8, which would ban same-sex marriage in California. Among those on the list is Elsa Prince, mother of Blackwater founder Erik Prince and matriarch of one of the wealthiest and most powerful conservative political families in Michigan. Prince donated $450,000 to the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign. Californians Against Hate has released a TV commercial specifically aimed at Prince’s donation. Here’s the video, which frankly isn’t very good. It’s a takeoff on LBJ’s infamous Daisy Girl ad, but that is certainly lost on most people and it doesn’t really say much.

Prince is hardly alone in giving her money to this campaign. Other notable figures include John Templeton, chairman of the Templeton Foundation who gave $1 million.

Another name that jumped out at me was Howard Ahmanson Jr, the reclusive heir to a massive bank fortune who has supported a long and controversial list of causes. For more than a decade, Ahmanson served on the board of the Chalcedon Foundation of Christian Reconstructionist R.J. Rushdoony. Christian Reconstructionists go much further than merely opposing gay marriage; they openly advocate for the establishment of the Mosaic law from the Old Testament of the Bible as the civil and criminal law of the land — including public stonings for gays and women who are not virgins on their wedding day. Ahmanson has also been a major contributor to the Discovery Institute.