We will look at some current events and statements from the church.
-The following is an excerpt from “The Divine Institution of Marriage” (see appendix for full text) from the church newsroom highlighting some current events in the homosexual movement: advocates and government officials in certain states have challenged the long-held right of religious adoption agencies to follow their religious beliefs and place children only in homes with both a mother and a father. As a result, Catholic Charities in several states was forced to give up its adoption services rather than be forced to place children with same-sex couples. (See usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/fortnight-for-freedom/upload/Catholic-Adoption-Services.pdf)
In the United States, the First Amendment right of free exercise of religion is coming under pressure from proponents of same-sex marriage. Some of these proponents advocate that tax exemptions and benefits should be withdrawn from any religious organization that does not accept such marriages. (See Jonathan Turley, “An Unholy Union: Same-Sex Marriage and the Use of Governmental Programs to Penalize Religious Groups with Unpopular Practices,” in Laycock, Picarello, and Wilson, eds., Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty: Emerging Conflicts, 59–76.) The First Amendment may protect clergy from being forced to perform same-sex marriages, but other people of faith have faced and likely will continue to face legal pressures and sanctions. The same will happen with religiously affiliated institutions and educational systems. For example, a Georgia counselor contracted by the Centers for Disease Control was fired after an investigation into her decision to refer someone in a same-sex relationship to another counselor. In New Jersey, a ministry lost its tax-exempt status for denying a lesbian couple the use of its pavilion for their wedding. New Mexico’s Human Rights Commission prosecuted a commercial photographer for refusing to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony. When public schools in Massachusetts began teaching students about same-sex civil marriage, a Court of Appeals ruled that parents had no right to exempt their students. (Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson, and Robert P. George, What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense (New York and London: Encounter Books, 2012), 62–64.)
Similar limitations on religious freedom have already become the social and legal reality in several European nations, and the European Parliament has recommended that laws protecting the status of same-sex couples be made uniform across the European Union. (See Roger Trigg, Equality, Freedom, and Religion (London and New York: Oxford University Press, 2012); The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe, Report 2012 (Vienna, Austria, 2013); “European Parliament Resolution on Homophobia in Europe,” adopted Jan. 18, 2006.)
[End of excerpts from “The Divine Institution of Marriage”]
-I understand if some people DON’T want gender private facilities, let them have them; but for those who DO want gender private facilities because of religious values or otherwise, let them have those also please. Faulting on this issue could lead to issues like the following we’ve recently seen.
-a California Dr. being sued for refusing to perform artificial insemination on a lesbian based on his religious convictions (let her go to another Dr. of her choice who would be fine with performing such).
-a New York couple who uses their home as a wedding chapel and reception center which was fined 13,000$ for refusing to allow a gay couple wedding ceremony
-Atlanta Fire Chief Kevin Cochran who was fired because he wrote a religious book for his bible study group that said homosexuality was wrong
-A 6-year-old Colorado boy permitted to use the girl’s bathroom at his elementary school after his parents sued the school asserting that he suffers from gender identity disorder
-Being forced to rent my basement to a homosexual couple
-Girl who complained about harassment because they had to share the girl’s bathrooms and showers with a transgender boy was threatened with removal from the sports teams with hate crimes charges; she was told if she didn’t want to share facilities with a boy she could merely refrain from using the facilities
-Several Houston pastors received subpoenas demanding that they turn over the text of all of their sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or the city’s lesbian mayor.
-I hope to express love for the gay community and everyone else throughout this discussion as we try to find the balance for equal rights for everyone- allowing the gays opportunity to do what they want while allowing people to live their religion.
-The voice from the Church is saying that the religious’ rights to teach etc. as they choose need to be respected just as much as the rights to the gay community to things in areas of housing employment and transportation.
-in the LDS message I posted about the conference recently held about this, Elder Oaks said that “those who seek the protection of religious conscience and expression and for the free exercise of their religion look with alarm at the steady erosion of treasured freedoms that are guaranteed in the United States Constitution.”
-Elder Oaks also said in that conference “Since 1791 the guarantees of religious freedom embodied in the First Amendment have assured all citizens that they may hold whatever religious views they want, and that they are free to express and act on those beliefs so long as such actions do not endanger public health or safety. This is one of America’s most cherished and defining freedoms. Yet today we see new examples of attacks on religious freedom with increasing frequency.”
Elder Oaks shared several of those examples. The university system in California, he said, is forcing some groups to compromise their religious conscience if they want recognition for their clubs. And in one of America’s largest cities, lawyers acting for the city government subpoenaed the sermons and notes of pastors who opposed parts of a new antidiscrimination law on religious grounds. Recently, he noted, the head of a large American corporation was forced to resign from his position in a well-publicized backlash to his personal beliefs.
“When religious people are publicly intimidated, retaliated against, forced from employment or made to suffer personal loss because they have raised their voice in the public square, donated to a cause or participated in an election, our democracy is the loser,” Elder Oaks said. “Such tactics are every bit as wrong as denying access to employment, housing or public services because of race or gender.”
-to read more of the LDS Conference on this see http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-news-conference-on-religious-freedom-and-nondiscrimination
-the anti-discrimination laws are what happen to help the culture of the region to support or accept their views
-in England, the gays insisted that they be married in a church despite the churches being exempt from the that law which said other organizations had to marry gays. So we see that making some marry gays is a preliminary step which leads to churches being forced to marry gays
-gay rights promoters are making religious rights impossible; the one should not be able to rob the other.
-Utah gay couples who marry are 23%. We see the people of Utah aren’t demanding these anti-discrimination laws, but they are political agenda unwanted by the people.
-the people of Utah don’t like this idea of getting rid of religious rights for the gay rights, and legislation should represent the people.
-homosexual marriages don’t last as long as heterosexual marriages
-American Fork High School has a gay club, it has posters up supporting homosexuality. A homosexual couple was voted cutest couple in the year book. A man won the homecoming queen. The gays promote food for the homeless, especially the gay homeless. They have gay history month every October.
-in California, the high school girls are told that if they don’t want to use the bi-gender showers or bathrooms, to either stop using those, or to get charged with a hate crime for complaining about such.
-in SLC a young boy is allowed into the women’s bathroom insisting that he is a girl by way of gender preference.
-in California elementary public schools, the students (my nephew was one of them) are called “purple penguins” until they decide which gender they are.
-an evil Netflix cartoon series called Big Mouth features a demon goat as the lead mascot character, who goes around promoting immodesty, immorality, nudity, sodomy, pedophilia, gender fluidity, homosexuality, abortion, obesity, and it features children running around with this demon singing and dancing with him in the nude. All of this is laughed off as sex education and maturation studies. The program seeks to abolish all standards regarding the body, beauty, and the proper use of the body. My essay “objective beauty” was written as a partial response to this program, showing that there are objective standards for the health of humanity to follow and pattern their lives after. The existence of such a program on such a widely used platform is telling of where we stand (or fail to stand) as a society.
-in the 2019 BYU commencement (I was there), the key note speaker openly declared that he is gay, and the crowd cheered for him, and his petitions to remove stigmas on that private religious campus against gays. This man was voice for a larger group seeking to change BYU policy in these regards.