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Gay Marriage Hypocrisy

Posted by nebula0 on August 22, 2008


You may be aware that the LDS church has taken an official stance, from the first presidency (prophets, seers, revelators- no small thing there), to be against gay marriage.  They’ve gone so far as to have an official statement read in Californian sacrament meetings to the effect that Mormons ought to work against gay marriage in defense of ‘traditional’ marriage.  This may seem like run of the mill to you, after all, Mormons are closely identified with conservative, traditional, values.  But not so fast– little more than a hundred years ago Mormons were sorely persecuted in large part due to their practice of polygamy (or plural marriage, as they prefer to call it).  Isn’t it ironic that a religious group which used to base so much of its identity on its practice of polygamy, that is, defying the marriage norm, is now acting as champion of ‘traditional’ marriage?

This is another example of Mormon disconnect to its past identity.  As I spoke about in the previous post Mormons used to understand their Mormonism in large part due to their participation in a concrete society.  They had a land that they worked, they had their own peculiar way of life which either involved practicing polygamy or identifying with it, in which the LDS church was the biggest law of the land.  Now all of that has changed, Mormons do not migrate to Zion, they stay where they are, and their identity is now based on moral codes and rigorously enforcing the Word of Wisdom (avoiding coffee, tea, tobacco).  They’ve embraced this new way of being Mormon so fully that they don’t see the log in their own eye when they when they come so strongly against the possibility of widening our limited notion of what marriage ought to be in order to point out the speck in the eye of their neighbors.  I cry foul.

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3 Responses to “Gay Marriage Hypocrisy”

  1. ditchu said

    What is your source for the information: “They’ve gone so far as to have an official statement read in Californian sacrament meetings to the effect that Mormons ought to work against gay marriage in defense of ‘traditional’ marriage.”

    Just wondering, because I have not heard a thing about this from anyone in the Church.

    -D

  2. nebula0 said

    Just put htat into any search engine and you’ll get plenty of hits. Here’s one website that came up: http://www.ktar.com/?nid=6&sid=875808

  3. ditchu said

    Thank you,
    -D

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