Just a quick recap.
E. Packer gave a talk in General Conference that many considered controversial. Controversy centered around: 1) the implication that homosexuality is a choice and homosexuals can change, and 2) that the Proclamation on the Family was canonized revelation and therefore binding to members.
Fueled by recent gay teen suicides in the news, the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) threatened to descend on Temple Square en masse to protest. The church office building fielded thousands of calls from members complaining about the talk. When the text of the talk was published, it was altered. The church’s PR department gave an official response to the HRC. In the meanwhile, some orthodox members have created a Facebook campaign to support E. Packer in this controversy.
So, with all this going on, what’s your take? Let’s poll and find out!
How would you describe what happened regarding E. Packer's talk being changed? (choose the closest answer)
- The talk he verbally gave was understood correctly, but it was out of alignment with the church's existing stance on a couple of key points, so it was altered. (38%, 83 Votes)
- The original talk was E. Packer's personal opinion, and while the church's stance doesn't contradict it, the talk took a stand on issues that aren't clear to the church. (35%, 77 Votes)
- His original meaning was not clearly worded, so he made modifications to clarify. (15%, 33 Votes)
- His original talk was correct as originally given, but not politically correct enough to satisfy critics, so it was softened. (12%, 26 Votes)
Total Voters: 219
How important do you believe this incident was? (choose the closest answer)
- It was a small step in a new direction toward clarifying the church's stance on both homosexuality and the Proclamation on the Family. (49%, 103 Votes)
- It was a tempest in a teacup. By next conference, no one will care. (25%, 53 Votes)
- It was an important milestone in shifting the church's stated stance on homosexuality and the PoF. (14%, 30 Votes)
- It was a non-issue. Talks are often revised for clarity. (12%, 26 Votes)
Total Voters: 212
What's your view about homosexuality? (choose all that apply)
- Uncharitable statements about homosexuals are motivated by fear and ignorance. (80%, 177 Votes)
- Homosexuality is mostly determined by biological factors. (63%, 140 Votes)
- The church's stance on homosexuality will shift over time as understanding grows and new information emerges. (61%, 135 Votes)
- Homosexual behavior is an acceptable form of sexuality on the vast continuum of the human sexual response. (41%, 90 Votes)
- A life of celibacy for gay LDS is an acceptable alternative. (33%, 73 Votes)
- The doctrine of eternal families is core to the LDS religion and will never adapt to include gays. (27%, 61 Votes)
- The church has nothing to offer gay believers. (22%, 49 Votes)
- Homosexual behavior is always immoral and unnatural. (21%, 46 Votes)
- I would encourage my gay child to remain celibate for life. (19%, 42 Votes)
- Allowing homosexuals to marry will result in loss of religious freedom. (9%, 21 Votes)
- Gays should be encouraged to overcome their tendencies and behave as heterosexuals. (9%, 19 Votes)
- I would encourage my child to marry a worthy reformed homosexual. (8%, 17 Votes)
Total Voters: 222
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