December 14, 2012

LDS Church Created A New Website For Gay Mormons

St. George Utah LDS Temple
The Website Is Too Little Too Late And Cites Faulty Theology To Justify Discrimination

The Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS), better known as the Mormon Church, recently created a website to facilitate a discussion within the church, around “same-sex attraction.” They are calling the website "Love One Another: A Discussion on Same-Sex Attraction" or Mormonsandgays.org.

I think that anytime a religion or religious institution takes a positive step to facilitate dialogue and have a serious discussion, that it’s a good thing. I haven’t combed through the entire site, so I can’t really comment on everything, but it’s obvious that the church has put some thought into this - and they are going the extra mile to appear to be sympathetic to the struggle and plight of LGBT Mormons.

The website states implicitly that the LDS church has no problem with our being LGBT, but they do have a problem if we act on our sexual attraction. So as long as you deny your very being, you will be welcomed by the church.
The experience of same-sex attraction is a complex reality for many people. The attraction itself is not a sin, but acting on it is. Even though individuals do not choose to have such attractions, they do choose how to respond to them. With love and understanding, the Church reaches out to all God’s children, including our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.

The Church’s approach to this issue stands apart from society in many ways. And that’s alright. Reasonable people can and do differ. From a public relations perspective it would be easier for the Church to simply accept homosexual behavior. That we cannot do, for God’s law is not ours to change. There is no change in the Church’s position of what is morally right. But what is changing — and what needs to change — is to help Church members respond sensitively and thoughtfully when they encounter same-sex attraction in their own families, among other Church members, or elsewhere.
                   
God has given us commandments that protect the family. Same-sex attraction itself is not a sin, but yielding to it is.                  
What I have a problem with is the fact that these mortal men (the church is run by a cabal of old white men) have decided what God’s law is, and because they think they know “God’s law,” they are going to base their discriminatory policies on a “law” that is completely fictional and  their creation.

There was a discussion about the Mormon website on a social network, and some of the participants were surprised that anyone who was lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, would care about a website endorsed by a religion. In fact someone asked “why would you care about a religion that said you were damned to hell.”

The reason why LGBT people want to be welcomed and embraced by any church or any Christian faith, is because it's consistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ. Christianity proclaims that even the worst sinner can be absolved of their sins, and be welcomed into the kingdom of heaven. Based on that premise, a child molester, or a batterer of women, who are predominantly heterosexual, are welcomed with open arms into any faith. If an LGBT individual wanted to join their local Baptist Church, they aren’t welcomed with open arms - they are told they aren’t welcome.

The hypocrisy of the Catholic Church, LDS (Mormons), and the Southern Baptist Convention, is staggering. Religious leaders and politicians justify their bigotry by hiding behind their religious beliefs, or by claiming that God and scripture supports their homophobia, because it "says so in the Bible." The problem with these statements is the fact that scripture says no such thing.

Catholic theologians couldn't find one verse of scripture that supported the notion that homosexuality was a sin and forbidden. So they inserted language into the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the document that governs the religion, and declared homosexuality was a sin.

LDS is a religion that was "invented" by Joseph Smith and is governed by the Book of Mormon, and the male apostles who currently comprise the leadership of the church. Accordingly, the Garden of Eden is in Missouri, and it was the apostles who decided that homosexuality was a sin, and therefore would not be accepted by the church.

The Southern Baptist Convention was different from many religions, because they believed that the Bible and the word of God was inerrant, and their religion was based entirely on scripture. So in the year 2000, they adopted a resolution to add to their Baptist Faith and Message that said “In the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose … all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality and pornography.”

These 3 Christian faiths couldn't justify discrimination based on scripture, so the male leaders of each religion inserted language into what is in essence their “bylaws” and documents, that said anyone who is LGBT is a sinner. That's why and how they justify disenfranchising all LGBT believers.

Do we have any idea how many millions of Americans base their discomfort and dislike of anyone or anything LGBT - because "that's what it says in the Bible?" It’s many millions - that’s for sure - and it’s based on incorrect assumptions and a public relations campaign made up of bullshit.

No one should ever be forced to choose between their faith or being true to themselves by coming out. For people raised in a faith community, they are often told that they have to make that choice or they could be ex-communicated.

People lose their family over this kind of stuff. Utah has the highest suicide rate in the nation because of decisions like this. These 3 religions treat women horribly, and have been screaming that their "religious liberty" is under attack, because the federal government requires that health insurance policies must contain coverage for birth control.

These religions claim their religious liberty is under attack, while they attack and denigrate the LGBT community for merely living.

LGBT people work hard on changing the views and policies of religion and churches, because these views are wrong and they destroy families and people's lives.

I give the LDS Church credit for trying, but it’s too little too late. What the Church really needs to do is go back and study the ten commandments and scripture. Then they’ll have a chance to rethink their policies and really do what’s right.


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