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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a.k.a.
the LDS C
hurch & the Mormon Church) and homosexuality

2015-NOV: Part 5 of 6 parts:

Webmaster's posting to an article in The Blaze.
Video released explaining LDS' policy changes.

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This topic is a continuation from the previous essay.

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symbol of disapprovalWebmaster's note: (bias alert)

The following comments are part of a posting I made to the article in The Blaze back on 2015-NOV-06, at 9:08 ET. Please note that when I post a comment it is an an individual and I tend to be more biased:

"Part of this article seems consistent with LDS policies in the past to fight against marriage equality and denigrate sexual minorities. But I cannot wrap my mind around the Mormon Church attacking children whose only 'crime' is that they were born into or adopted into a family led by two adults of the same gender who love each other, decided that they wanted to live together, committed to support each other until death parted them, and may have married. I can see where the Church considers same-gender sexual behavior to be sinful, but I cannot understand why the LDS wants to transfer that “sin” onto the children. ..." 1

My personal feeling is that this change in policy by the LDS Church will have many negative impacts on that denomination, on Christianity, and on religion in general. Many people, even if they approve of the LDS Church's rejection of sexually active lesbians and gays and bisexuals in sexual relationships, will be deeply offended at the change in policy which transfers sin and punishment from parents to innocent children. For many children, the transition from teenage years to young adulthood is difficult. The current generation making this transition are far more questioning of the religion in which they were raised. This decision by the LDS Church may well tip the scales for many youth in favor of becoming a NOTA (NOT Affiliated with any religion).

I expect that:

  • Millions of members of the LDS Church will have their faith weakened by this Church decision. Some will be resistant to the new policy and may even begin to question other components of their chruch's teaching.

  • Over time, many tens -- or even hundreds -- of thousands of LDS members will feel that this development is the last straw and will decide to leave the LDS church.

  • Hundreds of thousands of non-Mormons who are affiliated with other faith groups will become more disillusioned with religion in general and will be more inclined to leave their faith group.

Unfortunately, it would be very difficult to prove in the future whether these predictions had become reality.

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interview2015-NOV-06: The LDS Church releases a interview video explaining the revised church policies:

Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostle was interviewed in a LDS video by Michael Otterson, Managing Director, Church Public Affairs. 2

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In the interview, Elder Christofferson stressed the close parallels between children raised by same-sex parents and children raised in a polygamous group of parents. The LDS church abandoned polygamy in theory during "The Great Accommodation" in 1890, and in practice by 1910. More details.

He commented during the interview:

"... these questions that have arisen, we’re sympathetic to. They’re difficult, they’re sensitive, they tug at the heartstrings and they’re very real. And this is about family; this is about love and especially the love of the Savior and how He wants people to be helped and fed and lifted, and that’s the whole motivation that underlies our effort. ... We regard same-sex marriage as a particularly grievous or significant, serious kind of sin that requires Church discipline. It means the discipline is mandatory. ..."

"... this policy originates out of that compassion. It originates from a desire to protect children in their innocence and in their minority years."

Elder Christofferson clarified the teaching of the LDS Church, that gay marriage (a.k.a. same-sex marriage) it is now available in the U.S. and in some other countries, that same-sex couples have the legal right to enter into marriage, but:

"... that is not a right that exists in the Church. ..."

"We’re not going to yield on our efforts to help people find what brings happiness, but we know sin does not. And so we’re going to stand firm there because we don’t want to mislead people. There’s no kindness in misdirecting people and leading them into any misunderstanding about what is true, what is right, what is wrong, what leads to Christ and what leads away from Christ."

He said that the motivation behind the church's new treatment of children of same-sex parents was to avoid:

"... the child to have to deal with issues that might arise when the parents feel one way and the expectations of the church are very different." 2

He notes that withholding Church ordinances from blessing to confirmation, prohibiting teen boys from the priesthood, and banning volunteer service to teens is not a serious matter. When the child reaches adulthood, nothing is lost to them because they can make "an informed and conscious decision" at that time to commit to the Church. He did not mention:

  • That young adults must first have to formally repudiate their parent's relationshp and marriage that his parents had commited themselves to, along with all other same-sex relationships.

  • That she or he must first make a request to the senior leadrship in the Church -- a request that may be accepted or denied.

  • The young adult must also have left home and abandoned the family in which he was raised.

Finally, he said that priesthood blessings that are given to those who are ill or want a blessing of comfort or guidance are still available to every one, even the children in a family led by same-sex parents.

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This topic continues in the next essay

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Billy Hallowell, "Mormon Church Just Codified Two Major Policies Involving People ‘In Same-Gender Marriage’ and Their Children," The Blaze, 2015-NOV-06, at: http://www.theblaze.com/
  2. The video can be viewed at the Mormon Newsroom web site at: http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/ or at the YouTube web site at: https://www.youtube.com/

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Copyright © 2015 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.
Original posting: 2015-NOV-10
Latest update: 2015-NOV-11
Author: B.A. Robinson
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