Thursday, December 6, 2012

Love One Another

This is happening.

Today the LDS Church rolled out a brand new website: mormonsandgays.org. Let me tell you why this is awesome. Firstly, the very first thing you see at the top of the page (under the logo) is: Love One Another. This is the only context in which this and many other topics should be discussed.

I've been pushing for a little while now (much more online than in "real life," and for that I am sorry) that the basic idea here is love. The conversation doesn't need to be about whether you leave a family member behind, or whether they leave you behind. The question for Christians should be: Do I, like Christ told me to, love this person? There are several videos on the Mormons and Gays website, one of which is called Greg. He said, "homosexuality, that may be such a huge part of how we perceive that person, in reality is just a minor part... I had better not allow a little piece of what they are to become an alienation factor."

The Mormon Newsroom article about the launch of the website quotes Elder Cook, who said,"Let us be at the forefront in terms of expressing love, compassion and outreach."

Scott Pilgrim for social justice!

In the end, that's all we need to do. Disregard the political, as several groups have done, and remember that we're here to emulate Christ. We need to reach out and love everyone, not only the LGBTQ community, but everyone. Love the people you hated in high school. Love your siblings that you can't seem to agree with. Love your families, friends, extended families, strangers. We could all take a lesson from the Amish people who forgave and loved the family who needed the most help.

To anyone who thinks this is a negative thing or a push to get tithes from LGBT, I say, I'm sorry you feel that way. The support community is buzzing with excitement, and I'm feeling it too.

That's all.

7 comments:

  1. I am a fan of the domain name. Using gays instead of the clunky and problematic "same gender attraction" is a welcomed change of pace. It'd be nice if there were some type of comment or discussion section. I am not naive; I understand the reasons why there's not one. But it would be nice if--in light of the video about conversation and open discussion--there was some space of contributing that.

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    1. Plus, www.latterdaysaintsandpeoplestrugglingwithsamegenderattraction.com was already taken.

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    2. Casey: Wa waaaa (sad trombone).

      Allan, me too. Plus they're openly talking about it as not being a choice. Big steps have been taken in the right direction, I just hope the right sentiment continues to spread.

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  2. In seriousness, though, I like this web site, and not just for the obvious reasons. Take this:

    "The Church’s approach to this issue stands apart from society in many ways. And that’s alright. Reasonable people can and do differ. From a public relations perspective it would be easier for the Church to simply accept homosexual behavior. That we cannot do, for God’s law is not ours to change. There is no change in the Church’s position of what is morally right. But what is changing — and what needs to change — is to help Church members respond sensitively and thoughtfully when they encounter same-sex attraction in their own families, among other Church members, or elsewhere"

    Obviously, I like the emphasis on compassion and all the stuff Brooke talked about, but I also just like the language: that reads like something written by a person; there's a voice there. It's not empty committee-speak. It's probably too much to hope for, but maybe this could be the beginning of a shift away from the bland language that dominates LDS manuals and other materials.

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    1. Great point. It's getting away from the "We are hive-mind" feeling you get when reading some certain pamphlets.

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  3. Have there seriously been people who think the church is making this move to get more tithing from LGBT folks? That seems incredibly dumb! Lets face it, for most LGBT people this is still an unacceptable position and so church membership is not an option for them. What this represents is a shift in the discourse that should frame this issue for those who are currently Mormon and (I suppose) predominantly straight.

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    1. Sadly, yes. This was posted by a gay friend (not LDS) of mine yesterday on facebook. His thought to go with the post was, and I quote, "Lame-ola." Not to mention another friend linking directly to the site saying, "Mormon Church launches insulting new website promising to use softer anti-gay language in order to keep the cash flowing in from LGBT tithe payers." The critics are up at arms. :/

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