Mormons often assert that just because they disagree with LGBTQ lifestyle choices doesn't mean they hate LGBTQ people. Perhaps in theory, that could be true. In practice, it seldom is. I've repeatedly observed that Mormons who think same-sex marriage is sinful are dripping with barely concealed disdain for gay people, while Mormons who love and respect gay people don't give a crap about same-sex marriage, even if they don't vocally support it. The other day the LDS Church shocked the former group by hiring as its global communications director someone who has vocally supported it, as well as transgender rights. I admit that choice is a little confusing, but oh, it's been beautiful to watch the bigots' brains break. People who blindly support and defend almost everything else done by their church draw the line when it contradicts their personal politics or prejudices. Of course this isn't the first time. They had a heyday in 2020 when the church asked them to wear masks, get vaccinated, root out racism, and peacefully accept election results. That was the year when I, still a Mormon, lost respect for my own people. Back then I actively encouraged them to leave the church and stop humiliating me. Now I just laugh. The church loses whether they leave or stay, because Lord knows they're not going to change.
Perhaps this will be of little interest to anyone but me, but I've collected several Twitter screenshots to drag back out thirty years from now when Mormons claim that they've always been LGBTQ-affirming. I saved a lot of time by stealing most of them from AntiGaryDages, a fellow apostate, and the last few from StallionCornell, aka Jim Bennett, a liberal Mormon. I actually really like liberal Mormons. I don't think their nuanced approach to the LDS Church makes much sense, but they're good people trying to make their church and the world better, so I don't much care what they believe. Jim has about as much respect as I do for members of his church who make opposition to LGBTQ people the core of their faith.
I'm at a loss as to why doubting Thomas thinks the LDS Church is against "climate activism," a topic it has never addressed in its entire history. It's been all but silent on environmental issues altogether. The one time I'm aware of that any of its leaders even publicly acknowledged climate change was in a devotional speech at BYU-Hawaii in 2017 when apostle Dallin Oaks said, "These are challenging times, filled with big worries: wars and rumors of wars, possible epidemics of infectious diseases, droughts, floods, and global warming. Seacoast cities are concerned with the rising level of the ocean, which will bring ocean tides to their doorsteps or over their thresholds. Global warming is also affecting agriculture and wildlife." Dallin Oaks is not one of my favorite people, but I appreciate that he's not a mindless partisan hack.
Not because of this particular post, but the person running this account is one of the few that I wholeheartedly believe deserves to burn in hell. I don't think it's humanly possible for him to be stupid or delusional enough to believe that Jesus would approve of his vile behavior. Yes, his profile picture is former New Zealand Prime Minister and ex-Mormon Jacinda Ardern with a Hitler mustache. I guess conservatives think she's a Nazi because her administration's response to the pandemic saved an estimated 80,000 lives. Or maybe it's because she responded to New Zealand's one mass shooting by taking steps to keep it from happening again, and then it didn't happen again. That's not the American way!
"iT's StIlL uP tO tHe StAtEs To DeCiDe" No, it isn't, it hasn't been for eight and a half years, and we all know that damn well that conservatives wouldn't complain about "states' rights" if the Supreme Court decided to ban same-sex marriage or abortion nationwide. They're no more sincere with this argument now than they were when they used it to defend slavery and segregation.
^ This. And, again, it doesn't actually seem to be possible to love gay people while opposing their "lifestyle." With the same occasional exceptions you would find among straight people, being in same-sex relationships (against LDS teachings) makes gay people happy, and being alone and celibate for life (in accordance with LDS teachings) makes gay people miserable. If you believe gay people should live in accordance with LDS teachings, you believe they should do that which demonstrably makes them miserable. And that isn't love by any reasonable definition.
1. Mormons have less right than almost anyone else in the world to get on a high horse about "traditional marriage." 2. Same-sex marriage has not erased "traditional marriage." 3. Yeah, this is kind of hypocritical for the LDS Church. Kind of like when it bragged about Michelle Wright Amos, a mission president's wife, being a NASA engineer who helped put the Perseverance rover on Mars, even though she held that position because decades earlier she'd disregarded the prophet's counsel for all married women to be stay-at-home moms.
This guy has really internalized the church's manipulative blame-reversal BS. Nothing can ever be God's fault, the prophet's fault, or the church's fault, so any time something doesn't work out the way God or the prophet or the church said it would, it's your fault. Joseph Smith was a master of this. Once you see it throughout the Doctrine and Covenants, you can't unsee it. Also, Brigham Young was a lunatic, and people who admire him should probably be on a domestic terrorist watchlist.
Crimson Mamba is clearly unaware of what the First Presidency said in an official statement dated August 17, 1949: "The attitude of the Church with reference to the Negroes remains as it has always stood. It is not a matter of the declaration of a policy but of direct commandment from the Lord, on which is founded the doctrine of the Church from the days of its organization, to the effect that Negroes may become members of the Church but that they are not entitled to the Priesthood at the present time."
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C. Randall Nicholson is a white cisgender Christian male, so you can hate him without guilt, but he's also autistic and asexual, so you can't, unless you're an anti-vaxxer, in which case the feeling is mutual. This blog is where he periodically rants about life, the universe, and/or everything.