ReligiousTolerance.Org and one of my high school religion teachers (a Catholic deacon) assert that of the nearly 300 suggestions from Jesus on how to live and believe that are recorded in the New Testament only 3 pertain to sexual ethics. And of those 3, none address homosexuality.
WhatMormonsBelieve.Org has little to cite from “The Book of Mormon” to support the church’s opposition to homosexuality. It seems all they could come up with was “the natural man is an enemy to God” (Mosiah 3:19) and that through the grace of Jesus weaknesses can become strengths (Ether 12:27). I know little about “The Book of Mormon,” but neither of these seem to explicitly condemn homosexuality.
I don’t believe in the literalness of the Bible, but there are many people who do. If you’re a believer of Jesus and the New Testament, you need to see how minute Jesus’s concern was for sexual issues versus his concern with poverty and “loving your neighbor”.
Using numbers from the LDS’s own website, church members donate about $9.1 million a year for humanitarian work (and I respect them for that). I figure 1 percent of Jesus’s teachings touch on sexual ethics, so if Mormons want to oppose gay marriage it would make sense for them to use about 1 percent of their charitable donations to support Proposition 8. That would be about $91,000. But no, Mormons contributed more than $17 million to the “Yes on 8” campaign.
Why the disproportionate concern with homosexuality?
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I’m not interested in voting on who you can marry. Why worry about who I might want to marry?
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This probably won’t come as news to you:
Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and author of “The Purpose-Driven Life,” has been chosen to give the invocation at Barack Obama’s inauguration next month. Warren supported California’s Proposition 8, comparing homosexuality to incest and child molestation, and claiming that allowing gay marriage violates freedom of speech and religion.
Obama defends the choice of Warren, saying that it’s all part of bringing together different view points and uniting the country. Further he argues that Warren has done much to add poverty and social justice to evangelical priorities. But in 2004, Warren released a list of five questions for Christians to consider while voting, calling them non-negotiable issues. Here are the questions:
1. What does each candidate believe about abortion and protecting the lives of unborn children?
2. What does each candidate believe about using unborn babies for stem-cell harvesting?
3. What does each candidate believe about homosexual “marriage”?
4. What does each candidate believe about human cloning?
5. What does each candidate believe about euthanasia — the killing of elderly and invalids?
So where are poverty and AIDS relief on that list?
As for Obama’s desires to talk to people with different views, what’s the point of talking to someone with a list of non-negotiables? The term implies that’s the nothing to talk about, by definition there can be no compromise.
Gays were thrilled to hear Obama mention gay Americans in his victory speech at Grant Park, but as Joe Solmonese put it this is a “genuine blow to LGBT Americans.” You can read the HRC president’s entire letter here.
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