Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A Mormon Plea for Reconciliation

A petition has been created by moderate Mormons who disagree with the church's opposition to homosexuality and same-sex marriage. The petition will be delivered to Church Headquarters on the first anniversary of Proposition 8 being passed in California.

This is an attempt to show that it is time for reconciliation between the Church and the millions of Mormons and LGBT people who have been hurt by the LDS involvement over proposition 8.

Mormon, or not, everyone is welcome to sign the petition to show their support for reconciliation between these two communities.

To sign the petition please send an e-mail with your name in the subject line to:

ldsapology@gmail.com or goto ldsapology.org

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

If the Church will not interfere in referendum California 2010 or Maine 2009, the healing process should begin automatically, with time.

Let us not forget, however, that California was not the first time that the Church interfered in political equality. They were the leading forces behind Hawaii and Alaska's constitutional amendments, after their pioneering court decisions, almost single-handedly starting the whole entrenching-hetero-marriage-only-into-the-constitution idea.

The Sinister Porpoise said...

This will do nothing. The church will more than likely ignore it, or if things get too public, to excommunicate the leaders of this movement. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not a democratic institution.

Anonymous said...

The LDS Church or ANY church *should* excommunicate any members that are not in line with the doctrines of their respective church. What is the point of belonging to a church if you don't believe ALL that it teaches?

The LDS Church is not, has not been and does not strive to be a democracy. Any church that is a democracy is doomed to failure and internal strife.

Queers United said...

It is possible to believe in the tenets of a faith without belieiving the manmade doctrines that it creates. What if people believe in Mormon faith but not the way the Mormon church is engaging currently. You can be Mormon and be opposed to church involvement in politics, and be supportive of same-sex marriage or atleast opposed to prop 8 on account that it isn't church territory.

Anonymous said...

I personally hope that the church does not cast this aside. Perhaps they will look at it as they once did with their racism against blacks-- and they will make a positive change.

At least someone is trying to do something about it, and not idly standing by as more and more innocent people are hurt by their tyrades.

Maybe with enough action. . .

Anonymous said...

I, as a gay person, would have no interest in reconciling with any church. Today's GLBT crisis is the kind of thing that happens when people put their faith in superstition and myth and con-men, rather than allow their brains to do their thinking for them. There is no room in my life for imaginary friends that seem to establish laws on who is acceptable and who is not. Put aside your primitive beliefs and then we can talk about reconciliation.

Anonymous said...

Roberts' Rules of Order was written to facilitate democratic order in churches. The original targets of the booklet (now a hefty book) were congregational meetings in the West (now the mid-West). Most churches in the US are a mixture of hierarchical and democratic forms. Some, like the
Roman Catholic are more hierarchical. Others, like the Baptist, are more democratic.

xlynch said...

theY wanna make amens they can help to undo the crap that they made legal by taking away our rights; if not... than they need to sit down and shut the fuck up or get TAXED. Self loathing hypocrites that they are. so go pray to there gods or god or who ever the hell it is the think there praying too.
ITS ALL A CULT....

QuoterGal said...

Anonymous said...
"Any church that is a democracy is doomed to failure and internal strife."

It should be patently obvious from this movement of moderate Mormons who disagree with the mainline Mormon stance on homosexuality that the Mormon Church currently *has* internal strife, regardless of its internal political system.

I'm glad to see that there are Mormons that disagree with the Church's conservative & bigoted stance on same-sex marriage (amongst its other regressive positions) and I think it's courageous of them to stand up against the majority of Mormon leadership & say so - but personally couldn't care less if they reconcile with the LGBT community or not. Such bigoted - and theocratically-inclined - organized religions can go the way of all fossils whose time has passed. Like foot-binding, dinosaurs, and girdles, I hope the Mormon Church becomes obsolete.

Right now, I see a schism coming, and I'm glad for it. It only hastens the disintegration.

Merlyn said...

I don't think these people are going to get much of anyplace with the LSD-erm, LDS church. The dirty tricks with Prop 8 is just the tip of the iceberg of why so many LBTQ people are alienated from their religion of origin.

It will be painful, but maybe these LGBTQ Mormons need to look into churches which preach and practice equality...or even no religion at all. I should think that you don't need religion to believe in a Supreme Being.

Saskplanner said...

I don't care how 'moderate' they may be, they're still Morons.. I mean 'Mormons'

I can't believe of ALL the superstitions that people chose to belong to (all religions are essentially highly ordered superstitions) that people can be DUPED by one that so fucking insane, and then TRY to be a voice of reason within it.

Anonymous said...

All the Mormon Church has to do is wait for their prophet to have another "revelation" like they did with black people. Right around the time they were going to be severely financially penalized by the govt. for their stance on blacks, they miraculously had a "revelation" and were no longer going to discriminate based on race. When opposing gay rights looks as stupid as opposing race equality to the majority of the public, and the Mormon church starts to look bad, and the govt. threatens to start taxing them, I'm sure they'll have another "revelation!"

Anonymous said...

Honestly, the government should be working overtime to start taxing this church that interfered with elections. Fuck their bullshit non-profit religious organization status or whatever it is. They take millions from its members and do not use it for good works like other churches. No feeding the homeless, no overseas village building, hell they even make the missionaries pay their own way. Exactly how much cash they have is probably a number that would blow our minds, and I'm sure they either have it hoarded away or even better, perhaps they're using it for illegal arms dealing or oil deals or something else sinister and fucking creepy. I would expect nothing less of them actually. I can't think of any other reason why the government wouldn't be jumping on the chance to take their hundreds of millions in this economy!

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