Saturday, October 9, 2010

Mormon Update: Boyd Packer's Homophobic Speech Redacted & Protest in Salt Lake

     Here are a few quick updates on the reaction to the LDS Boyd K. Packer's very homophobic and unscientific speech at the 180th General Conference last Sunday:
     The LDS has edited the speech changing Packer's description of homosexuality as a "temptation" to a "tendency" and cutting his question asking why his Mormon god would create people with an "impure" and "unnatural" "pre-set" homosexuality.  The Salt Lake Tribune reports upon these changes here.  This is one response: 
     “It leaves it out there like this is a temptation, like this is something one can choose,” said Watts, a Provo father of six grown children, including a gay son and a lesbian daughter. “They’re trying to edit it and soften it and make it better, but it’s not going to work. [The speech has] gone viral. Everyone knows what he said.”  Packer and the church should have gone further in their subsequent statements, Watts argued. “It would be nice to have the church apologize and say they’re editing it because they’ve recognized that it’s caused a tremendous amount of hurt and discomfort,” he said. “I know many leaders of our church know that homosexuality is experienced honestly and involuntarily and is not amenable to significant change. I’m disappointed they don’t speak out.”


Leslie said...

At the end of the day, love and justice will win. The Mormon church has a long and sordid history of racial discrimination, and with the shift in public option to rejection of such bigotry, the church quickly acquired a "revelation" that African-Americans are not "of the devil" after all. How convenient.

I'm sure, in five years, (ten, tops) that the church will acquire a similar grand "revelation" that LGBTs are similarly not sub-human heathens. Or, the church will simply go out of business. :)

Seriously, if you look at the (very) slim pass margins of the state marriage amendments, and sound disapproval of DADT from even most republicans, it's clear that mainstream homophobia is on its death throes. I'm certainly not minimizing the epidemic of LGBT suicides, as of late. Those were horrendous, and there's still a lot of injustice that needs to be corrected.

What is different now, though, as opposed to ten years ago, is that practically *everyone* is outraged. Instead of condoning politicians' and churches' homophobia, we are calling them out on it. And they are heeding the call.

We *will* win this war. If the Supreme Court won't sort everything out, then popular vote ultimately will -- I don't know *anyone* from my generation, the 80's kids, who buys into church-and-government-sanctioned homophobia. And the Boomers won't dominate the polls forever. :)