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A crisis of conscience

Joe Schmucky (fictional) started attending meetings of the Ku Klux Klan at the urging of his neighbor, Billy Bubba. He enjoyed the camaraderie, the feeling of belonging, so he kept going. He didn’t participate in protests or lynchings; he just went to the meetings, donated a few dollars and remained a member of the local Klan.

Some time later another neighbor expressed to Joe his concern about his racism. Joe, of course, denies being a racist, he just likes the company.

Does anyone really believe that Joe isn’t a racist? He goes to the meetings of a racist group, he gives them support, both in terms of his presence and his money. Sounds pretty racist to me.

Just for argument’s sake, let’s substitute the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for Ku Klux Klan.

Outlandish you say? Far-fetched? I beg to differ.

The LDS Church has been waging a constant battle against the LGBT community of not only Utah, but across the nation. They have retained the Salt Lake City law firm of Kirton McConkie and attorney Von Keetch to file an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court arguing in favor of restricting the rights of LGBT Americans on the basis of their moral standards.

Let’s try another experiment. What if we substitute “same-sex” for “interracial” in this marriage equation.

Outrage! Disgust! That’s just racist and wrong!

So where is the outrage when this discrimination is perpetrated upon our LGBT citizens?

We are well beyond the point at which people of conscience need to make a stand. There are no sidelines in matters of conscience, and this is a matter of conscience. This is a very simple and fundamental issue:  either you believe that all are equal under the law or you do not.

The LDS Church is a hate group. Plain and simple. They put a pretty bow on it and they sell it better than anyone I’ve ever seen, but it’s still just hate and bigotry. The only differences between the LDS and KKK are that the KKK is more honest about it and the LDS sell it better.

Like Joe Schmucky, we all have a choice to make. If you choose to remain a member, attend meetings, or give donations, you have chosen to be complicit in, and an accessory to, that organization’s behavior. In this particular case, that organization is seeking to institutionalize bigotry into law, to deny to others the freedoms to which they themselves so desperately cling.

Where does your conscience lead you?

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6 Comments

  1. Great post, Bob! And, just like the KKK, the LDS Church uses religious teachings as its primary shield against charges of bigotry.

  2. Sure, the LDS church proclaims that "we love them ["so-called gays and lesbians"] as sons and daughters of God."

    But the church also promotes as its "basic beliefs" about homosexuality the violent, vitriolic hate speech of Romans 1:24-32 and Leviticus 20:13, which proclaim that gays and lesbians are "filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful…".

    And, of course, "worthy of death."

    And, guess what other organization proclaims that it's bringing "A Message of Love NOT Hate!"

    Yup, yup: The KKK. Really.

    With "love" like that, who needs hate?

    http://mormon.org/faq/topic/homosexuality; http://www.kkk.com/

  3. Wow that was powerful. Love you Bob Henline. Thank you so much for being such an awesome advocate, activist, ally and friend.

  4. I just became aware of the teachings and stance of the sister LDS group, I think they are "community of Christ"? They're like the reform LDS. Women can hold the priest hood, the perform same sex marriages and they believe in all the main teachings of the LDS. Why not move to support that group if you want to stay a Mormon? I don't get it.

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