I thought that I really needed to make this clear, as there has been so much in the news lately, both pro and con toward the rights of gays to marry and live together, just like heterosexuals.
I completely disagree with the stance taken by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Boyd K. Packer, who said:
Same-sex attraction can be overcome and any type of union other than marriage between a man and a woman is morally wrong, an LDS apostle told millions of Mormons on Sunday.
“There are those today who not only tolerate but advocate voting to change laws that would legalize immorality, as if a vote would somehow alter the designs of God’s laws and nature,” Boyd K. Packer, president of the church’s Quorum of Twelve Apostles, said in a strongly worded sermon about the dangers of pornography and same-sex marriage. “A law against nature would be impossible to enforce. Do you think a vote to repeal the law of gravity would do any good?”
Of course, when the firestorm erupted, Packer, the senior apostle and next in line to be president, “tweaked” his official speech, cited on the LDS.org Web site:
Perhaps the most controversial paragraph in Packer’s text that he read Sunday said, “Some suppose that they were pre-set and cannot overcome what they feel are inborn tendencies toward the impure and unnatural. Not so! Why would our Heavenly Father do that to anyone? Remember he is our father.”
Now the word “temptations” has replaced “tendencies” and the question about God’s motives has been removed entirely.
Ah, the spin. Perhaps God needs to speak UP a little, because apparently these older apostles are a little hard of hearing, and aren’t getting the complete gist of his message until it’s too late, and people are mightily pissed off.
That said, I must make it known that while I respect Packer’s right to believe as he does, I do not support his hatred and fear of homosexuals. Surely hate and civil injustice, including discrimination, are sins?
I love the sinner, but hate the sin.
Jesus said love everyone. This is an LDS Church teaching.
Let’s love, not hate.