The new rules promulgated by the apostles of the Mormon Church amounts to a doctrine of animus against the gay and lesbian community, but logic dictates this new rule was not clearly considered. So we are going to consider now how the LDS Church just shot itself in the foot.
The doctrine—instead of addressing their real acrimony, same sex marriage—instead attacks potential membership in the church itself and the possible backlash from same-sex couples and the larger LGBT community. Same-sex couples and the LGBT community are a minority who generally have spendable cash and a strong financial base for the church to tap into.
“It is a duty which every Saint ought to render to his brethren freely—to always love them, and ever succor them.” —Joseph Smith, “History of the Church,” 2:229.
The rule is an obvious extension of frivolity, creating a limitation on membership in the church. What has the LDS Church really accomplished? And is this really how a Christian church is supposed to act? Are we not supposed to be forgiving and accepting?
In fact, this was an issue that was not even relevant in the times of Jesus and the authors of the Bible. There is really no reference to LGBT people in the Bible. So why is a Bible-loving religion so prejudiced to same-sex couples or gay and lesbian individuals in general?
Although I also disagree with the gay and lesbian right to marry, the Supreme Court for now has resolved the issue… temporarily. But that does not mean this issue will not be revisited in the future when more conservative judges are appointed.
The Supreme Court did not interpret law; it wrote law.
Because the states have failed to address this issue, which concerns a very large segment of our citizens. A Gallup poll conducted in October 2012 found that 3.4 percent of the U.S. identifies as LGBT; to make this amount clearer, of the 320,000,000 U.S. population 10,880,000 people identify as LGBT, although in reality that number may be much higher.
By passing laws forbidding conduct rather than addressing the real problem the gay and lesbian community faces, I believe a law recognizing civil unions would have accomplished everything the LGBT community had concerns about.
The new policies have been revisions of the Church Handbook of Instructions implemented Thursday (Nov. 4) and sent to leaders of local Mormon stakes. The revisions were approved by the LDS Church’s Council of the First Presidency and its Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; they are meant to clarify how stake leaders should proceed after recent decisions legalized same-sex marriage.
The new rules block all children, biological or adopted, of same-sex couples (living in a same-gender relationship) from receiving church blessings, begin training to become missionaries, or being baptized, confirmed or ordained without church permission.
So what has the church really accomplished? By alienating future members and causing division within existing LDS families, the LDS Church just shot itself in the foot.
Lest we forget, “It is a duty which every Saint ought to render to his brethren freely—to always love them, and ever succor them.” —Joseph Smith, “History of the Church,” 2:229.