Was just flipping through the channels on our Dish to see what was on this evening (not much). Came across a documentary about our church and it’s so called “stance” against the rights of homosexuals. My wife decided to watch it, but I wasn’t interested.
Gee, what interesting timing with this piece of misinformation, with the election only ten days away.
But just to educate, the church’s backing of California’s Proposition 8 has absolutely nothing to do with trying to disenfranchise the rights of homosexuals. Rather, the primary purpose was to try to prevent the state or feds from dictating who church ministers of any religion could or could not marry. And if anyone has any doubts about such a thing happening, witness the recent brouhaha about Obamacare forcing the Catholic Church to fund abortions through it’s health plans.
It seems that separation of church and state works only to keep the church from influencing state matters, but often the state takes the liberty of interfering with church matters. And that’s why the LDS Church publicly took the stand it did for Prop. 8, despite knowing the firestorm of criticism it would face. It, and any other church sharing its positions on this subject, should not be ashamed for interpreting scripture as it was written, not how the modern world would want them to.
And to be honest here, same-sex marriage is something that I’m still very mixed on. I realize that I’m opening my little sheltered corner of the blogosphere up to serious controversy here, but I’m afraid that down the road we may be dealing with untold long-term consequences from same-sex marriage on a large scale, concerning the definition and functions of the family unit. Or worse yet, a depopulation of an entire society, much like Italy and Japan who are facing near-zero birth rates and aging populations for reasons totally unconnected to the current issue being discussed. These things cannot be discounted once we start experiencing them.
But before I get denounced as another homophobe, I will share that I have a brother in California that is legally married to another man, as the law allowed at the time. Though admittedly it took me a little time to get used to, I totally accept them as a couple and gladly include them as a part of my life and my family. I actually find my brother’s husband to be an easier person to get along with than my own brother, or particularly the asswipe my SIL’s married to, and have no problem calling him a brother-in-law, or an uncle to our AJ. If that makes me hypocritical, so be it. Call it my preferential treatment of family members.
Seriously, though, I see the underhanded and sneaky attacks on our church as more pre-election tactics to try to discredit Romney. Fortunately though it seems like most the public, even those totally ignorant of the LDS church and everything it stands for, is seeing these attacks for what they are rather than lending much credence to them, other than the most hopelessly weak-minded and ignorant. I mean, if even Billy Graham can overcome his distaste for Mormons enough to endorse Romney, you know the Obamites are resulting to desperate measures to counterflood their increasingly listing ship.
Anyway, that’s my religious and political rant for the evening. Possibly a few more to come before the election. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
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