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Persecution Complex

Timothy Kincaid

April 6th, 2009

The head of the Mormon Church, President Thomas S. Monson, isn’t at all happy that his church has been exposed as the principal financier and organizer of Proposition 8. He didn’t like the backlash at all.

This past weekend was the 179th Annual Conference:

President Monson also made an apparent reference to the recent battle in California over Proposition 8 banning gay marriage. The L.D.S. Church was part of a coalition that helped pass the ban. In the days and weeks that followed passage last fall, gay rights advocates vented their anger in protests outside L.D.S. temples and in calls for boycotts of some businesses owned by members of the L.D.S. Church. President Monson said, “The moral footings of society continue to slip, while those who attempt to safeguard those footings are often ridiculed and, at times, picketed and persecuted.”

Monson was not alone in feeling all picked-on and victimized.

In a speech on self-sacrifice, Apostle Dallin H. Oaks praised Mormon opposition to same-sex marriage.

“In recent elections, Latter-day Saints have united with other like-minded persons in defense of marriage efforts,” Oaks said. “For some, that service has involved great sacrifice and continuing personal pain.”

Oh the pain, the pain, of having your callousness, inhumanity, and arrogant assumption of privelege shown for what it is. And oh the sacrifice, the great sacrifice, made in the name of denying others what you insist upon for yourself.

Poor, poor Mormon leadership. You’d almost think that someone had spent tens of millions of dollars and told endless lies about them all in the name of taking away one of their fundamental rights.

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Kristie
April 6th, 2009 | LINK

I think they’re just all pissed because polygamy got taken away from them by the fed. They can’t marry as many wives as they want anymore so they don’t want the opressed gay folk to get to marry who they want to. Jealousy can be an ugly thing.

Bruno
April 6th, 2009 | LINK

Christianists, especially the more passive/aggressive kinds like the Mormons, thrive on the persecution complex they concoct to be true. It only seems to work amongst themselves for the most part though, just look at how seriously we took Mitt Romney.

paul j stein
April 6th, 2009 | LINK

It’s a shame that the top brass in SLC get all the press. It has been my experience that many of the common church members feel oppressed and badgered if they voice a different viewpoint. My experience in the Carolinas’ has been that common sense rules and if they(dissenting church members)get too much crap they leave the church and take complete families with them. I had great support as an out person who had a family member in the church. A damn shame they have to loose the best members over oppression and discrimination.

paul j stein
April 6th, 2009 | LINK

I forgot to mention, as to the polygamy issue, most of the priesthood members agreed that one wife was more than enough. The sisters seemed to not mention it much.

Lynn David
April 7th, 2009 | LINK

I wonder what they will do in 2010 or 2012 when the proposition to repeal whatever amendment propH8 becomes comes up for a vote.

On the other hand…. it may not be needed. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed.

cowboy
April 7th, 2009 | LINK

And then you read this:
http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=148&sid=6082984

The Daily Universe newspaper at BYU used the word “Apostates” instead of “Apostles” to describe a published picture of the recent LDS/Mormon General Conference.

Oops.

And I still can’t get over how a former esteemed Attorney General for the State of Utah would use a word like “oxymoronic” in describing Californian Fred Karger.

Pity.

cowboy
April 7th, 2009 | LINK

If I can tear myself away from American Idol for a minute…

This persecution complex is really quite something. I went with a group of co-workers to lunch last week…most of them are Mormon. The rumor-mill was in full swing. One of the guys mentioned that he heard that lots of groups of gays were petitioning the police and city offices for protest permits to coincide with the LDS/Mormon General Conference.

That turned out to be an exaggeration. Not only was the rumor untrue but the “gays” were setting up to NOT demonstrate at Temple Square. But, instead, gays are gathering to do service projects in the of city by the Great Salt Lake.

That took the wind out of the sails of those Mormons who secretly wished for a confrontation. Somehow the protests by the gays at the Mormon Temples earlier this year was a rallying cry for Mormons to gird up their loins and protect their precious family-oriented dogma.

No gay protests at the Mega-Conference Center occurred and so no chance to feel persecuted.

And the kicker: the one who was spreading that rumor is gay! And he lives with his Mom & Pop. (No surprise he is being indoctrinated by his family.)

So…as mentioned in another thread here on BTB we have bigots who claim to have “gay friends”. Well…we have gays who love to hate themselves. I’m certainly sure whose company I need to spend my lunch hour with and it’s not with bigots who casually think they have gay friends and not with gay men who think gays are all radical delinquents.

Now, back to rooting for my favorite on American Idol.

Timothy Kincaid
April 7th, 2009 | LINK

Now, back to rooting for my favorite on American Idol.

Which had better be one certain over-the-top but very skilled young man who has pictures all over the web of him kissing his boyfriend.

;-)

John
April 7th, 2009 | LINK

I sort of wish that they really did have something to complain about. As far as I am concerned, the Mormon Church hasn’t suffered near enough for their despicable behavior in California.

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