See the elephant over there? Yeah? Well, pretend he's not there

The American Psychological Association has advised mental health professionals against telling their clients they can change their sexual orientation through therapy or other treatments, saying doing so has the potential for harm.

The “long-standing consensus” of the behavioral and social sciences, the APA noted in a report last year, is that homosexuality is a “normal and positive variation of human sexual orientation.”

Of course, the God that speaks through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not give a rat’s ass what the APA thinks.  They have one of the oddest views on homosexuality I have EVER run across. They don’t preach hate, like some of those moronic preachers, but they also do not preach acceptance. In fact, what the LDS Church has to say is downright contradictory. If a gay person wasn’t confused enough, ask a Mormon leader for guidance. At that point, you will want a frontal lobotomy. It’ll just be easier.

Evergreen met yesterday, and is their long-standing tradition, they were addressed by a leader of the McMo Church.

An LDS general authority on Saturday comforted Mormons who are attracted to people of the same sex but want to live by the church’s chastity rules, which bar sexual acts outside of marriage between a man and a woman.

“Each of us has problems,” said Bishop Keith B. McMullin, second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “Together, we shall overcome them.”

Comforted them? Are you kidding me? So guess HOW they want you to overcome them? Why, yes, let’s DIMINISH those yearnings. We accept they are real, and normal, but we don’t like them. So either play on the right team, or remain celibate and lonely the rest of your life. And what’s this “together” crap Bishop McMullin? You’re telling these lonely people that YOU don’t go home to a wife every night? I find that a little hard to believe.

On Saturday, McMullin said people with same-sex attraction should not call themselves “gay” or “lesbian.” He offered advice to LDS ecclesiastical leaders in the audience of about 200 people.

What SHOULD they call themselves? Mutants? Because that is what you are saying boils down to. If it were “that easy,” no one would be gay. If prayer worked, then you would never see a woman kissing another woman or a man kissing another man, because society still does not accept it. Why would someone choose it? It isn’t that simple, and it’s demeaning and degrading to imply that it is.

“If someone seeking your help says to you, ‘I am a homosexual,’ or, ‘I am lesbian,’ or, ‘I am gay,’ correct this miscasting,” McMullin said. “Heavenly Father does not speak of his children this way and neither should we. It is simply not true. To speak this way seeds a doubt and deceit about who we really are.”

He said every individual is a “son or daughter” of God. Jesus Christ, McMullin said, has the power to lift the “burden” of every “man and woman, boy and girl.”

If every individual is a son or daughter of God, then he created them. And if HE created them, then obviously he doesn’t think homosexuality is wrong, or he would have made them straight! It’s not that hard to figure out.

If they aren’t homosexual, what are they? And if you acknowledge that same-sex yearnings are not a sin, but acting upon them is, then just what the hell comes next? Electroshock therapy like they used to do at BYU?

I wish I could say “you’ve come a long way, baby,” but LDS Church you HAVEN’T. You may not be carrying banners that say “God hates fags,” and I appreciate that, but you are still telling a gay person that they are WRONG, abnormal, and that if they just pray, God will take that away. Ask the family of a gay man who finally gave in to his orientation, and left behind a train wreck of stunned children and a distraught spouse. Gay is gay. Making a gay person marry a straight person of the opposite sex leads to tragedy over and over and over again.

It’s not that hard to figure out.  Comfort my ass.


About Natalie R. Collins

Natalie has more than 30 years writing, editing, proofreading and design experience. She has written 20 books (and counting), has worked for the Sundance Film Festival, and as an investigative journalist, editor, and proofreader. She embraces her gypsy-heart and is following her new free-thinking journey through life. Follow her as she starts over and learns a bunch of life's lessons--some the hard way.
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4 Responses to See the elephant over there? Yeah? Well, pretend he's not there

  1. Suzy says:

    Thanks Natalie, a MORMON therapist told me to just get married and I wouldn’t be gay. I can’t even tell you how messed up that was.. with the mormons and the moron therapist I had a whole lot of unraveling to do.. and yes you are right gay is gay!


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  4. Jeff says:

    The LDS church does stop short of outright demonization, that is true, but when boiled down their position is not all that different than that of the Vatican or mainstream evangelicalism. Gay is bad. You can be cured by prayer. Ultimately I prefer the Fred Phelps extremist brand of hate – at least you know where they stand. What gets lost in the “love the sinner, hate the sin” message is that most believers conflate sin and sinner. I would rather see hate coming my way in the open, not masked with a smile and a denial of my basic rights (like marriage).


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