How the LDS Church’s political battle against gay marriage violates its own scripture

Pro and Anti-Gay Marriage Activists Rally At Utah's Capitol
One fellow got it: in preaching of a political fight against gay marriage, LDS Church leadership is violating its own scripture (D&C 134). Photo courtesy George Frey

Much has been said about the LDS Church’s new un-Christian, hypocritical and marginalizing gay policy.

But the church’s political war against gay marriage has long been waged. (And, apparently, it continues, even after the the Supreme Court ruled gay marriage constitutional in every state in America. The church made a statement saying as much.)

It’s all funny, because in these actions, the church is violating its own scripture.

Consider the revelation in D&C 134:

“9 We do not believe it just to mingle religious influence with civil government, whereby one religious society is fostered and another proscribed in its spiritual privileges, and the individual rights of its members, as citizens, denied.”

Yet, several talks from leadership violates this doctrine. Leadership often spoke about a political crusade against gay marriage during the wave of opinion change, which built around the same time that the church first made its move (California’s Proposition 8), in 2008.

Things got extremely bad in Oct. 2013, when leader after leader gave their view on the affair.

For examples of many talks that have been given in the past five years, click herehere and here. (Boyd K. Packer edited his; even faithful members didn’t understand Dallin H. Oaks’ approach, when he compared waging the political battle to the pioneers’ handships; and Neil L. Andersen described the legalization of gay marriage, ruled to be upheld by the constitution, as “whirlwinds.” )

Why do prophets ever need to be politicians?

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Published by: Rhett Wilkinson

Rhett is an evil journalist. At nine years old, Rhett wrote about Han Solo and Princess Leia getting married and having kids and a child named Ben. And also, Luke building a new Jedi Order and a New Republic being established. That all happened in the books or films, so he's still waiting for Lucasfilm to pay up!

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8 thoughts on “How the LDS Church’s political battle against gay marriage violates its own scripture”

  1. The problem here is all that is said here is based upon circular logic. The easy way to proof-check the premise is to substitute something you still believe to be heinously wrong and substitute it in and see if there is any fundamental shift in the argument. If there isn’t then the logic is circular. The author of this piece speaks from the point of view assuming that there is absolutely nothing wrong, injurious or aberrant in relation to people of the same sex having sex. They start with their assumption in place and then circularly work back to that same premise. Blah, blah, blah, all from their premise with nothing to actually substantiate it in a critical and objective manner.

    For example, you can see the flaw in their logic by substituting people who want same-sex marriage with people who want to marry donkeys. Read everything said with that substitution made and see if you read it differently. Their premise would be that humans having sex with donkeys is perfectly normal and that nobody should even think twice to consider such aberrant or unhealthy. It simply pushes the conclusion they wish with no substance as to how that conclusion is in fact so.

    There is a certain amount of common-sense that has to be applied to everything because sometimes things are said based upon the assumption that “nobody would want to marry a donkey” so we don’t have to spell out the lines there. Should we really expect that scriptures need to spell out every nit-picking detail? However, as society degenerates more and more there comes a time when people will even face such ridiculous questions as whether or not someone should be allowed to marry their donkey. This is what is prophesied of in Romans chapter 1 where Paul says history shall repeat itself and people will go ahead and be given over to their own foolishness and corruptions. And, that these corruptions will be manifested by what they start to do. The onset of all of this gender identity confusion is the result of people trashing the Father’s Plan and turning it into a corrupted mess.

    The Constitution was not given so that people could make a desecration of traditional marriage. However, the desecration of traditional marriage is a curse resulting from us desecrating the Constitution. It is the many un-constitutional provisions that have been introduced over a long period of time that have made marriage a privileged institution that gay people are coveting. The problem isn’t that gays are being deprived any rights if you take away all of the special privileges that aren’t constitutional to start with.

    This is a case of one sin/hypocrisy leading to more of the same and the onward progression of perversion will simply result in more and more perversion until we finally wake up and realize what we have done to ourselves.

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  2. “That which is wrong under one circumstance, may be, and often is, right under another. God said, ‘Thou shalt not kill’; at another time He said, ‘Thou shalt utterly destroy.’ This is the principle on which the government of heaven is conducted—by revelation adapted to the circumstances in which the children of the kingdom are placed. Whatever God requires is right, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason thereof till long after the events transpire.” Joseph Smith

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  3. The Prophet Joseph Smith said: “That which is wrong under one circumstance, may be, and often is, right under another. God said, ‘Thou shalt not kill’; at another time He said, ‘Thou shalt utterly destroy.’ This is the principle on which the government of heaven is conducted—by revelation adapted to the circumstances in which the children of the kingdom are placed. Whatever God requires is right, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason thereof till long after the events transpire.”

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