Friday, May 16, 2008

LDS Church Opposes Human Rights

America is coming out of the Dark Ages little by little. Women were eventually able to vote, and then we stopped hanging black people from trees and now we have both a woman and a black presidential candidate.

And now there's even more hope that America is reaching adulthood, gay marriage is now legal in California.

I'm sure you've all heard.

The California Supreme Court voted 4-3 overturning an unconstitutional law banning gay marriage.

Here in Utah, the local news immediately got statements from the LDS church about the decision. I find it ridiculous that an organization, supposedly based on journalism, would immediately think to get a reaction from an organization based on campfire stories. Seriously, whenever a big news story hits the nation, the local Utah news first goes "let's find out what the LDS Church thinks". People who believe in an invisible space-being who created all of existence and then knocked up a married woman with a miracle-toting superhero are the FIRST people you go to for a statement?

But I digress.

The LDS Church called the California decision to grant equal rights to human beings "unfortunate".

And that... is unfortunate.

However, I would bet solid money on the fact that the church itself will change its stance 10-20 years from now. If tithing hits a plateau or if prejudice starts losing them membership (like it did in the late 70s with racism), they'll "hear a message from God" and pretty soon there will be a Gay Mormon Men's Choir. That would be brilliant.


Unknown said...

You should write something up about this for the huffington post

NateDredge said...

Well you do live in Utah, and you know that the LDS Church is slow to respond to calls for social change. If change is to come it will be through the medium of more enlightened and or libratarin members gaining some hold in leadership. Critism, though valid and I encourage you to continue in it, does have the side effect of fostering a seige mentality among many Mormons, thus slowing social change yet furhter.