Reporting from the Salt Lake Tribune here.
"We call on local, state and the federal government," Oaks said in a news release, "to serve all of their people by passing legislation that protects vital religious freedoms for individuals, families, churches and other faith groups while also protecting the rights of our LGBT citizens in such areas as housing, employment and public accommodation in hotels, restaurants and transportation — protections which are not available in many parts of the country."The sleight-of-hand language about "protecting religious freedoms" is meant to suggest that religiously motivated bigots will somehow be magically protected against the BOO BIGOTS spirit of the laws. As if. Brigham Young University may be granted permission to keep gay orgies from taking place in their student dorms, but if your hotel isn't owned by the Church, then good luck keeping the drug-fueled poz parties off your property.
If your non-Mormon restaurant doesn't want to host and cater a gay civil union ceremony, TS. If you're a cabbie who doesn't feel like picking up a couple of coked up queers who are going to leave who knows what kinds of germs in your taxi, TS.
The push for gay rights was prompted by "centuries of ridicule, persecution and even violence against homosexuals," [Marriott] said. "Ultimately, most of society recognized that such treatment was simply wrong [my emphasis], and that such basic human rights as securing a place to live should not depend on a person's sexual orientation."Got that, meanies? Ridicule leads to persecution leads to violence. Back on planet Earth, the gays dropped the AIDS bomb on themselves. Normal society played no role in the Swallow-caust.
As a matter of doctrine, the LDS Church does not support same-sex marriage, Marriott said. "But God is loving and merciful. His heart reaches out to all of his children equally, and he expects us to treat each other with love and fairness."God doesn't want any of his wayward children to ever find The Way again, because judging them to be straying from The Way would be mean, which would contradict his unconditionally permissive love and mercy. This is just spineless "God as a helicopter parent" theology. Sadly in this case, beliefs have consequences, and religious folks will soon no longer be allowed to steer their destabilized communities back toward normality. Because God wants us all to love and not-judge each other, even as His straying flock tumbles over the cliffside.
Above all, the LDS leaders said, the debate about balancing religious and gay rights — often a polarizing predicament — should be civil and respectful.I wonder which "either side" will resort more to "accusations of bigotry" and "bullying" (i.e mean language)? The other either-side is just supposed to keep its mouth shut, while getting shouted down for being "simply wrong".
"Nothing is achieved," Holland said, "if either side resorts to bullying, political point scoring or accusations of bigotry."
So there you have it. Mormon morality amounts to little more than secular liberalism, stereotypically blinkered to any concerns other than harm and fairness. Notions of purity, sanctity, and taboo are not invoked, nor is the threat to communal cohesion when deviance is promoted.
"Harm" now includes anything that makes someone feel upset, not only physical harm. And "fairness" now applies in contexts where discrimination is necessary, e.g. when one group is fundamentally abnormal and the other group normal, not only where two normal groups are in a relationship of majority/minority, center/periphery, and so on (as in the black/white focus of the Civil Rights era).
You might try to find a silver lining in their not assuming a raging, antagonistic tone, but the passive-aggressive behavior of this Minnesota in the Mountains will only allow the gay enablers to steamroll right over their culture. Fire-breathing liberals at least serve to alert and galvanize normal people who may not have been paying much attention. Meek liberals aren't going to trip off the alarm system so easily.
You might also try to play down Mormon liberalism by pointing to the generally Progressive nature of mainline Protestant denominations. But unlike those liberal churches, there is no conservative counter-balancing Mormon church, let alone one that swamps the liberal one in numbers and influence. It is more like the Catholic church, only from a dystopian world where it has become terminally corrupted by the homosexual contagion.
Recall that Salt Lake City is the gayest city per capita in the nation, whether or not the patrons of its elaborate gay culture would be officially "out" on a demographic survey. Recall that Mormon fat chicks feel no shame in sham-marrying Mormon faggots and bearing their children, as well as bald-facedly declaring that their gay husband is not gay. And recall that unlike Mormon country, where the ban on gay civil unions was struck down by a federal judge in Utah, such a ban was upheld by a federal judge in Ohio.
We should not expect much more from the Church of the Frontier, or the Church of the West, which historically attracts transient status-strivers. Where else could be the natural Zion for a Gilded Age cult that transplanted its way from New England all the way to the rootless Rockies, after getting driven out of one cohesive town after another in the East, the Midwest, and the Plains?
As degenerate as East Coast Catholics may think their church is becoming, at least its population is still hot-blooded enough, owing to the Irish and Italians, to not just lay down and wait their turn for AIDS-raping by the gay enabling movement. They need only look to the Episcopalians and the Mormons to see how much worse things could be, if their stock were drawn from spineless Saxons and dickless Scandinavians.