17 November 2009

A Little More Thought

I have put a little more thought into the transpirings in SLC last week with the church supporting a few limited gay rights. I wanted to briefly expound a little on some of my previous comments.

I think that generally, the church is pulling a thinly-veiled PR stunt. They are just trying to save some face. 99% of the GA's doesn't give a shit about you as a gay person. It's an attempt to build up some ammo for future confrontations they will have with the gay community over the marriage issue - "Oh look, we love gay people, we support their rights!" They are going to continue to fight tooth and nail against us in our quest for equal treatment under the law.

I was delighted to see Elder Holland's comment last Thursday. I met him and had a good, long conversation with him once while I was on my mission. I don't expect anyone else to take my word for it, but from that experience I do think that he really is as sincere and genuine as he appears to be.

His comment on Thursday does not change what the leaders are generally trying to do, but it does show me one thing. It shows me that there is one person in the leadership who is beginning to open their mind. I doubt that he's on board for gay marriage at this point, but I do see him as a compassionate person who may help to temper some of the ire from the general leadership over this issue.

I do not view the announcement by Otterson at the SLC council meeting as a baby step, but I do view Holland's statement as that.

The problem with the church lately is that rather than making progress through the "2 steps forward, 1 step back" shtick, they seem to be doing the "1 step forward, 2 steps back" routine which will ultimately end in a negative accrual of steps.

1 comment:

Aric said...

I tend to agree with you. Something else to consider is that the church jumped on board at literally the VERY last minute. The bill was going to pass anyway, according to sources I've talked to, and the church decided to claim it's support just days before.

ALSO, I find it highly coincidental that 8: The Mormon Proposition is coming out shortly. I can't help but think that the church is anticipating some really bad press in the near future and is trying to hedge their bets so they can point to this decision in future times as evidence that they're more gay tolerant than people claim.

I entertain the possibility that I may be way off on these conclusions, but based on all the information I have, I'm going to call the church's bull shit on this one. Thanks for your post.