As many of you know, the LDS general conference was held this past weekend. No, I did not watch it nor did I listen to it.. but I understand there was a talk given by Boyd K. Packer about same sex attraction.
(The official text has not been posted yet, so this is the closest thing I could find, It may be a little biased but that's not the point...)
As many of you ALSO know, I am a huge supporter of the gay community and everything gay. This talk caused quite a stir seeing as I have seen postings about it all over facebook and such.
The Human Rights Campaign released a "rebuttle," so to speak, to Packer's words. http://www.hrc.org/14955.htm
Now, nobody freak out just yet. I haven't said anything disrespectful have I? No.
I have many LDS friends as well as many LGBTQ+ friends.. ALL of whom I ADORE.
This talk does trouble me, I will admit. Many gay teen suicides have occurred in the past few months as a result of hatred and anti-gay bullying. I also believe that my brother should be allowed the same rights as you and I.
I am a firm believer that people are born gay, but NO we are not going to argue that.. because we could argue and argue until we are all blue in the face. Nobody's opinion is going to change either way.
However, there is a quote in the HRC report that is a bit hard for me to swallow, “When a faith leader tells gay people that they are a mistake because God would never have made them that way and they don’t deserve love, it sends a very powerful message that violence and/or discrimination against LGBT people is acceptable. It also emotionally devastates those who are LGBT or may be struggling with their sexual orientation or gender identify. His words were not only inaccurate, they were also dangerous.”
Woah Woah Woah, Packer never told the LGBT community they are a MISTAKE.
The LDS church was stating their views and opinions, just like you and I have the beautiful right to do. I also don't think that Packer was trying to tell people that they should discriminate against the LGBT community, he was simply stating that it can be overcome. (Note: I do not agree with that statement, but I respect that he has his own views.)
The point I'm trying to make here, is that everybody needs to stop acting so victimized.
ALL people, including LDS, should think for themselves and really question what they believe.. and if you do your research and really find what is best for YOU, then GREAT! You deserve respect.
But on the other hand, the LGBT community has GOT to stop clawing at the LDS church and singling them out. MANY other religions teach the same thing, and who gets the grief? The mormons.
This teeth gnashing argument between the LGBT community and the LDS church has got to stop.
As much as I hate that the LDS church tries to convince gay youth that they can be "fixed," they still have their deeply held beliefs that I, and everyone else, should respect.
Let's just quit blowing things out of proportion here. BOTH sides.
Feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts, even if you hate what I had to say go ahead and tell me!
Just keep things respectful, people.