Same-sex issues: A confusing religious smorgasbord

Faith-based courage retreats as political correctness takes major leap 

On Tuesday the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints loosened the reins on teachings about homosexuality via this rare news conference in which church leaders called for a “fairness for all” approach “that balances religious freedom protections with reasonable safeguards for LGBT people — specifically in areas of housing, employment and public transportation.”

Couching this change of attitude as an issue of “housing, employment and public transportation,” and glib use of the acronym LGBT, appears to be acceptance of the camel’s nose under the tent, since these issues were already addressed in 2009 as the LDS Church endorsed two Salt Lake City ordinances barring housing and job discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Nearly 20 Utah cities and counties have passed similar ordinances.

This Salt Lake City Tribune report contains information on pending legislation to protect religious individuals’ ability to refuse to marry same-sex couples, but even the sponsor is unsure it will pass.

In July 2013, it was Pope Francis who uttered the stunning words, “Who am I to judge?” when speaking with reporters about homosexuality within the Catholic Church.

In the words of the Catechism, the Church teaches that homosexuals “must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity” and that “every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.” But the Catechism also describes a “homosexual inclination” as “objectively disordered” and homosexual acts as “intrinsically disordered,” because sexuality is “an integral part of the love by which a man and a woman commit themselves totally to one another until death.”

Biblical teachings have remained consistently clear on the topic of homosexuality. Leviticus 20:13 leaves no doubt that homosexual relations are against God’s law. In Romans 1:24 Paul preached to the Romans that homosexual behavior was sinful.

The Bible is a sacred book of scripture that serves as an important pillar of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

As overreaching courts have legitimized same-sex marriages in dozens of states, including those with large Mormon populations such as Arizona, Idaho, Nevada and Utah, a growing number of churchgoers have pushed the conservative church to become more accepting of homosexual members —- a considerably altered  position since the church’s involvement as one of the leading forces behind California’s 2008 ballot measure  known as Proposition 8, prohibiting such unions.

This Dec. 2012 Pew Research Center report provides an overview of the official positions on same-sex marriage held by 16 religious groups in the U.S.

16 Responses to Same-sex issues: A confusing religious smorgasbord

  1. American Dad says:

    In today’s unsettled world where we are bombarded with horrific news and overt sexuality reaches our children at every turn, religion is the one constant. When our faiths (whichever one we choose) cave to social pressure, it undermines us in very real ways. The fact that churches are cowering to the loudest voices is very disturbing.

    • MacBeth says:

      I agree. I am neither Mormon nor Catholic, but both churches are glaring examples of allowing liberal trends to overtake their established policies. The hierarchies of both are amnesty promoters and undermine our country by providing safe haven to illegals.

  2. John Liberty says:

    Those who call from the mountaintops that we should have separation of Church and State now call for a “fairness for all”?? ANY “religion” that calls for equality with all, only results in the elimination of individual’s Liberty to choose and the Freedom that joins with it. This “fairness” seemingly mandates that we should all think alike … and accept what the flesh sees as a “good”???
    There are ALREADY ON THE BOOKS laws favoring the LGBT so for a Religion to basically call those laws as insuring a “balance of religious freedom protections”, is a pathetic excuse for ANY church to marry into the State … of a Collectivist Theology. The smallest minority of all … the Individual … is being discriminated against by the PC crowd … the Cabal of Thieves.

    This so-called the Vicar of Jesus Christ, this Pope Francis, calling forth “Who am I to judge” on the behalf of the LGBT movement is NOT following Biblical teachings. “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” – James 1:13-15.
    Something is gone astray, and it is mankind and his warped common sense that can no longer connect the dots of EVIL deceptions.

  3. Braveheart says:

    When religious institutions bow to politically correct trends, they become rudderless ships. What believer wants to catch a ride on the Titanic?

  4. Orion says:

    Churches are becoming sanctuaries for political correctness rather than teaching the word of God. In so doing, they are depriving their congregants in countless ways. This news saddens me. I get pummeled with political correctness at work, where classes on correct speech and “diversity” are mandated. The aim of the left has been to undercut faith and create a society of PC robots who are fearful of questioning the absurd, lest they be singled out as agitators and risk losing their jobs or even their compliant friends. Now the churches stand for nothing and are going along to get along. What a twisted world to be raising our children in!!!

    • Standing Tall says:

      As an employee of the City of Phoenix, I know all about those mandated classes. Liberal dimocrat mayor and his wife led the “gay” pride parade. That should tell you all you need to know…..

  5. Maggie says:

    When I want trendy new styles, I go shopping. I go to church for consistency.

  6. Nick says:

    I think there is a misunderstanding of the position of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints here (full disclosure: I am a member though I do not speak as a formal representative of the Church). The position of the Church has never changed: engaging in any homosexual act is considered a sin and all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation, should be treated with love.

    What the Church leaders shared yesterday was a reaffirmation of love, the belief that discrimination of any sort should not be tolerated by anyone (consistent with the teachings of Christ to love one another), and that we all as individuals have a god-given right of religious liberty where one should not be persecuted because they do not agree with the lifestyle choices others may make.

    To the commentators above who believe that the Church is changing it’s doctrine to adhere to the trends of the world: I invite them to study the church’s teachings and you will see that it has not changed nor will it ever change. The Church has and will always maintain that “any sexual relations other than between a man and a woman who are married are contrary to the laws of God” and that all citizens “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.”

    • East Valley Conservative says:

      Of course the Mormon church has changed. It altered its position regarding black males. Prior to the mysterious revelation in 1978, black men were banned from the priesthood. In reading your comment, it appears the church thinks that if homosexual urges are never acted upon by gay Mormons all is well with the world. How realistic is that? Actually, how realistic is it to imagine that unmarried adult heterosexual Mormons remain chaste? As to your offer to study the teachings of the church, I’ll decline, thank you very much. I was raised in them.

      Homosexuals actions did and do “endanger public health or safety.” Did you ever hear of AIDS?

  7. Saguaro Sam says:

    It is being said that Pope Francis will visit Washington and speak to Congress regarding the urgent need to fix global warming.

    Stunning.
    From a man who, just a week ago, had no real answer for a small orphan girl in the Philippines who ran up to him–crying—and asked him why children have to suffer.

    • Overtaxed1 says:

      Look closely at the pathetic leadership of the State of Arizona.
      It is primarily Mormon or Catholic and look where we are with the illegals, the crime and the corruption. All this nonsense about the Mormons being so adamantly for the Constitution is a false front for their successful takeover of our government. Look what you have now from those in leadership, it is only going to be magnified 100 fold if you continue to elect cult followers who want us all to accept their “feeling” doctrine. Open borders is on the table for those who only want to fill their money coffers. The Bible is not taught as it is for people as they are, it is used as a prop to suck people in to believe other than what it teaches. These groups tear out the pages that don’t fit their purposes.

      It has been my observation that they know of Jesus but they don’t know Him. If they truly knew Him they would not have to create new doctrines, tenets, beliefs and books. To say the Mormons haven’t changed their strange rituals and practices is an insult to those of us who have counseled those who have left and have found Jesus as their Savior. There are no more secrets folks, people that are free do not feel threatened by sick promises they may have once made. They are free from the bondage of the faiths that try to hide their rituals and pedophiles.

      If the truth hurts then that is a reality but calling people bigots because they tell the truth is the absence of sound teaching on their part. You can love the person and be thoroughly disgusted by their cults, be-headings and child molesting cover ups not to mention the harboring of illegals.

      So far in America we are free to believe any way we want unless it is in a fundamental interpretation of God’s Word. Political correctness only allows for demeaning real Christians. All others must be fully respected and tolerated including the Jew and Christian hating Muslims.

      If you are tempted to spit out the “judge not” mantra spewed by those who have no basis in their lives for right and wrong then you need to petition to get everyone out of jail.

      It matters what a man believes. It matters what he hides and lies about.

  8. Borderhawk says:

    The more out of touch they get, the better.

    The Pope and Mormon leadership have been taken too seriously on issues they have no business in like amnesty for illegals.

  9. Joseph Bickley, Sr. says:

    This issue is not so unusual when you understand that big churches such as LDS, Catholic, Methodist, are Big Business. They have a product to sell, customers to please and that all-important cash flow to maintain in order to build their opulent empires. As such they need to always expand their tithing demographic, so any bold stand to resist pandering to popularity is out of the question.

    Church leaders strive constantly to tweak their brand; they have to keep it new and vibrant and march in step with the trends of the day. It is what is called “reinventing oneself.”
    And that is how the Mormon Church plays its strategy to remain relevant: they receive timely revelations like frowning on plural marriages, accepting Blacks, and liberalizing homosexual policies, all of which conveniently conform to dictates of the federal mandates.

    You can expect more tweaking from On High.

  10. jon jensen says:

    lets see we are against gays immigrants rinks big institutions like churches and chamber of commerce are two republican senators. Anybody I left out? Thank goodness the democrats are gun grabbers or we could hold are party conventions in a phone booth.

    • Seeing Red AZ says:

      Yes, you omitted our aversion to unions. The education establishment represented by far left unions like the NEA and the NFT are excellent examples. They are dumbing down American students, and you don’t appear to care

      This is a conservative site. We expect those who represent us in public office to have integrity and stay true to their campaign promises. We expect consistency from religious institutions, rather than bending to societal whims. The illegal labor profiteers at the Chambers of Commerce are more committed to a cheap workforce than American citizens seeking employment —- construction trades are an outstanding example. We are not “against gays.” It’s their incremental agenda, such as redefining marriage we take issue with.
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  11. SmallGovt says:

    Including but not only those unions. You also have the Police and Firefighter unions which do just as much harm by driving wages/benefits totally out of reason.