I know this topic has been discussed multiple times over the last week. It has been picked up by the AP. There are many blogs and podcasts that are far more articulate than mine. But borrowing a Mormon phrase, " I would feel remiss if I didn't tell how I feel..". In all seriousness, I am completely floored by the latest "disaster" created by the Mormon church. Who is in charge of the Mormon church? What the hell is going on downtown? It is almost as if Jesus really isn't in charge..... mmmm, interesting thought. This organization has shaken the bee's nest instituting this policy. People are upset, and rightly so. This decision is showing what the Mormon church really is; an out of date, uninspired, ethnocentric and bigoted "good old boys club". Run by a group of men out of touch with what is really happening in people's lives. They are surrounded by "yes" men that will roll out the red carpet and hang on every word spewed out of their mouths, as if God Himself has issued it. And now look at the fallout.
I must be clear, the church has every right to decide who can stay and who must be kicked out. But when innocent children are involved, the gloves come off. The church, in an attempt to lessen the damage, has claimed it is for the children. The ironic thing is that many of the people affected by this policy were created by the church. This occurred when the church pressured gay men and women to marry the opposite sex. They claimed it would help them "overcome" their same sex attraction. What a complete disaster. I will state that 20 years ago, the LGBT movement wasn't well accepted or even completely understood. But if God really is charge, I'm sure he would have directed his spokesperson to not push marriage for these people. But I am only guessing because I am not a prophet.
To claim that children of gay parents will be protected by waiting to be baptized, or progress in the priesthood is an attempt to save face. Why does it only apply to children of a gay parent? Or a polygamist child? (Again, started in Utah by the Mormons). What about the child of a rapist, an abuser, criminal, drug addict, prostitute, etc...the list is endless. If it is so important to have children wait, why not let all children wait until they are 18. I don't know one 8 year old being baptized, mature enough to really understand the commitment he/she is agreeing to. They say they can still come and participate. Yes as an outsider. They are still hearing the anti-gay rhetoric. Only they are now looking in from the outside. It shows that they are not welcome.
In my opinion this policy will basically cause two things....1. Further isolate these children who were raised in the church and paint an even bigger Scarlet Letter on them. 2. Force closeted gays to stay in the closet because now their decisions impact the well being and church status of their children. This policy is indefensible. I also feel for the members who have to justify and support this policy. This is a train wreck, pure and simple, and there will be extensive collateral damage. Pray for the children.
Dave Johnson AKA C.S.
Salt Lake City