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 here, here 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?