Shocking: Our gay activism likely displeases LDS leaders
So the Church of Latter Day Saints has released a new pamphlet advising how their gay church members should deal with their same-sex attractions. So what's it like? Well, here's but a brief sample:
So yea, Mormon gays: Reject that "adverse influence" known as sexual attraction, the subject that punctuates virtually every single aspect of life and culture! And especially avoid those dastardly folks who dare to live and love the way they've always felt inclined. After all, God didn't put your attractions in your mind because he intended you to use, err, "flaunt" them. No, no. They're sort of like a male's nipples -- just a superfluous part of your being that are meant to be ignored. Straight folks are designed to have their cake and hump it to. Gays, however -- well, they can instead spend their time baking, decorating, and meticulously decorating the banquets where those cake are featured.
To all Mormons teens who will be given this, we only wish to say: YOU CAN BE CONSTRUCTIVE, RIGHTEOUS, PRODUCTIVE, VIRTUOUS, AND GAY!! IN FACT, IF YOU ARE GAY, YOU'RE UNLIKELY TO REACH YOUR FULL POTENTIAL IN THE OTHER AREAS UNLESS YOU ARE TRUE TO YOURSELF! YOU CAN HAVE BOTH GOD AND LOVE. QUESTION THIS HUMAN-GENERATED PAMPHLET UNAPOLOGETICALLY! A GOD WHO GAVE YOU THE CAPACITY FOR BOTH THOUGHT AND REASON WOULD LIKELY WANT YOU TO!
**To download the full pamphlet, a pdf can be found here: GOD LOVETH HIS CHILDREN [PDF via LDS.org]
LDS Church pamphlet advises on same-sex attraction [SL Tribune]
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"Flaunt Homosexual Tendencies?"
Where are we - 1955?... Not even the brainwashed Mormon flock will really buy that one anymore, even THEY can't escape the entire world flaunting it..
Posted by: Saskplanner | Jul 27, 2007 4:23:24 PM
For those still questioning, possibly LGBT Mormons, check out http://www.affirmation.org/
Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jul 27, 2007 4:52:24 PM
Now you see why I stopped going to church when I was 14? I was even told that my masturbating was going to get me in trouble. It did. My mom got mad at having to clean the stains out of various pieces of cloth.
And the best part, I get to hang out with my family for all eternity when all die, which is why I moved far away from them for the time being. I need some alone time.
...to play with myself.
Religion is like high school. It's only important when you're enrolled.
Posted by: Howard | Jul 27, 2007 5:52:45 PM
This pamphlet is more destructive than the LDS Church Leadership might think. I don’t the likes of Boyd K. Packer and Jeffrey R. Holland know that there's a growing trend of LDS gays (some call themselves SGA- Same Gender Attracted) who are trying more and more to blur the lines of homosexual conduct and church adherence.
The problem? This cute little group wants to have their cake and eat it too. They want the benefits of fitting into straight culture and the warm, inviting LDS social structure without making the sacrifices a true adherent would make (including but not limited to: no homosexual activity and a conscious effort to avoid “gay culture”). They're channeling homosexual cuddling into "touch therapy," they call looking up gay porn or homosexual intercourse “slipping,” and feel no need to keep their priesthood leadership abreast of their worthiness.
On Sundays, they stand next to their church leadership and openly condemn us homosexuals who are out of the closet and advancing LGBT rights. They abhor the word “gay” and (sometimes only publicly) refuse to engage in the “lifestyle” (as if each and every homosexual ascribes to what Queer as Folk, Will & Grace and the Advocate deem reflective of our collective gay culture).
However, these “mohos” (“mormon homosexuals” as they like to affectionately call themselves) don’t tell their church leadership that the night prior, they were sneaking into our gay clubs, attending our gay community events and participating in our gay pride activities. These “Mohos” say that they are repulsed by “flamboyantly gay” queers yet intrigued and fascinated at the same time. They nail down a sign in their front yard calling for an amendment to the constitution to “protect” marriage and then waltz right back inside to catch the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy episode they TiVO’d.
And hell, I’d let bygones be bygones and allow them languish in the closet ‘til the day they died. But here’s my issue: this special subset of people are both trying to destroy and take advantage of our gay subculture. They write a check to support pro-family legislation, then put on their 7-diamond shirt, show up at our club and say “Hey boys, where’s the party?!”
In a sense, it would be analogous to adherents of the Mormon faith who would drink coffee and never pay a cent of tithing yet feel entitled to enter the Temple as they pleased. A fib or two during a Temple Recommend interview never hurt anyone, right?
Some might wonder why I am so touchy on this subject. Besides the fact that some that I have met plan on getting married and never informing their wife (a veritable powder keg, in my opinion), I take offense to an entire group of people that would condemn and ostracize me, an (at the time) chaste Mormon who laid down on the campus of BYU with a stupid FLOWER in remembrance of gay Mormons who had committed suicide due to being unable to reconcile their faith and their sexuality—yet feel perfectly at ease in attending or hosting “cuddle parties” and “sleepovers” for grown men. Of course, no sexual impropriety would result (wink, wink). I mean, perfectly straight Mormon guys get together for cuddle parties, right? Right?
It’s not adherence to the LDS faith that I complain about. You have every right to be gay and spiritual. In short, you’re not welcome to take part in “our” culture unless you’re willing to spend four minutes of your time staffing a booth for the Human Rights Campaign, donating a buck or two to AIDS research or—heck—even NOT laughing at a fag joke your coworker tells at the water cooler would count.
Posted by: Sir Jupiter | Aug 6, 2007 7:51:14 PMcomments powered by Disqus