Friday, October 31, 2008
Am I just an idiot? Because I am confused...
Help me out here. Something really has been confusing me lately. Being a California girl, I have been hearing a lot about Prop 8. (Actually, we all have, but I get emails and stuff every day about it.) If you aren't aware, Prop 8 is about removing the right for gay marriage and it is on the California ballot this year. So, the thing that confuses me is that people are attacking the LDS Church on this matter and their temple marriage not accepting or recognizing gay couples or gay marriage. Tonight on KSL, they talked about a group of people who collected thousands of signatures on a petition and attempted to deliver it to the Los Angeles Temple Presidency (which by the way, the temple president is my former bishop and stake president, the amazing Grant Brimhall- I love you!), and they would not take the signatures or speak with the spokespeople for this group (Called Californians for Courage or something like that.) So then these people came out to Salt Lake and delivered the signatures to the leaders of the church. Someone did meet with the group and take the signatures. I have heard several other accounts of people challenging the church doctrine on this matter as well as frightening temple goers in San Francisco and Los Angeles. People standing outside the temple and protesting against the wedding ceremony and even threatening members trying to enter the temple. (Is this a sign of the times?)
So this group is offended by the doctrine of the church. What confuses me is why it matters to them and all the others. Are they going to go challenge the teachings and beliefs of every religion that disagrees with something they support? What confuses me is why they care? If they believe in everything else about the church, then they have to accept this teaching or they can decide to leave the church and go get married somewhere that allows it. If getting married in the temple is their goal, then a few thousand signatures is pointless because there is no way that the leaders of the church are going to sit down and discuss this matter at all. I just don't get why these things should matter to the people who don't believe in the church anyway. Let's just let the Mormons believe what they do, as well as the Jews, Catholics, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Christian Scientists, Jehovah Witnesses, and thousands of other religions (as long as they are not hurting anyone else, of course). Why don't they just go join a Unitarian Church where no one cares what you really believe anyway. Just accept the fact that you will not get to be married in the LDS temple in a gay marriage ceremony. Never... no matter how hard you fight for it. It's not a democracy. It has nothing to do with Proposition 8. God is in charge whether you decide to vote for Him or not. (And if you really wonder if homosexuality is a sin or gay marriage is God's plan, check out what He thought about the homosexual folks of Sodom and Gommorrah.)
...Oh wow! What irony, I just heard Cher on TV and she was asked about the prop (her daughter is gay, remember) and she said, "we don't have the right to tell people what to do. Even if you don't agree with it, it's none of your business." Okay, so I'm thinking that she didn't mean to support me, but that is what I am trying to say. If you don't agree with the LDS teachings, it's none of "your business" because it doesn't affect you if you don't believe it.