I read the response from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about a petition from the Human Rights Campaign regarding same-sex attraction. There were of course the accompanying articles of people with differing points of view. The one I read was very well written and without animosity, which I appreciated.
However, it very logically went through point by point how hypocritical the Church was in its position. One of the responses to this opposing view was “I would hope that the Church will listen” which was followed by another response of “Maybe God should listen.”
You know me, it made me think.
Perhaps it is these two quick responses to an article that sum up what is really the issue here.
Continue reading But religion IS a choice, isn’t it?
Okay, this will be a bit of a diversion from our conversation on the family. I want to just take a quick detour and address some current events. We’ll resume our family focus on Monday. (Hey, with someone kind of nuts, it really isn’t that surprising is it?)
Many of you may have heard the announcement of support of nondiscrimination rights for the LGBT community yesterday by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
It didn’t strike me as new or groundbreaking; rather, it was entirely consistent with support given a few years ago when Salt Lake passed similar legislation. It rings true to me.
What surprised me a little, however, was the response. During a news interview, a panel was discussing the prospects of state-wide approval. Consensus was that there was absolutely no reason not to vote for this.
But the representative from the left said that while it was a good start, there were many of his counterparts who were upset.
I thought I had surely misheard him. What was there to be upset about?
Continue reading Can freedom of religion be nondiscriminatory?
I am different from you.
You are different from me.
That’s a good thing.
There are things that you desire and hope for that I will probably never even think of. There are things that are critically important to me that you most likely find ridiculous.
Are you okay with that?
Often the conversation will stop there. Continue reading Are we asking the wrong questions?
I’ve read several articles in the past few weeks talking about big changes in accepting people of diversity in congregations, specifically in Latter-day Saint sacrament meetings.
(Source: LDS Media Library)
I guess if you think about it, over the years it must have appeared to be a pretty homogeneous group of people. The men all in white shirts and ties, the women in skirts and blouses. Everyone with their 5.6 children in tow, complete with runny noses and Tupperware containing Cheerios. Just as the meeting is beginning, there is the frazzled mom hurrying to tuck junior’s shirt back into his very small dress pants as they try to avoid the only free bench left, the front row.
But being someone who grew up in these similarly dressed, similarly-sized families, and similarly cut hair people in Sunday afternoon meetings, I always remember looking around and thinking how different everyone was. Continue reading Are there responsibilities of respect in welcoming?
Let’s try another story to get us started today:
Once upon a time there was a very skilled, very ambitious journalist. After working through several attractive offers, she accepted a position with the news organization DEF. The overall culture and people were by far the most appealing to her.
Part of her contract agreement contained a list of rules and regulations that DEF stated clearly were nonnegotiable behaviors and personal conduct. One obvious infraction would be to share any news story or company information with its top rival, GHI.
Any breach of this protocol would result in her termination.
The journalist signed the contract, feeling that all of the terms were agreeable. After all, DEF had every right to set its own standards of conduct and enforce any infraction.
She worked hard for DEF and became renowned in her ability to dig deep enough to find the truth, without destroying the innocent in the process.
DEF couldn’t be happier.
Neither could the journalist.
Over time, however, the journalist and DEF began to have some deep philosophical differences. They made editing decisions on her stories, and she felt that her true work wasn’t being reflected in the reports told. Continue reading You have to let me work here, don’t you?