Posts Tagged ‘ homosexuality ’

Masters of Sex: Revisionist History

August 12, 2014
Masters of Sex:  Revisionist History

I’m about to go on record as agreeing, at least in part, with Boyd K. Packer’s statement that not all truth is useful. Masters of Sex:  Truth vs. Usefulness I’ve been watching the Showtime original series Masters of Sex, about real life pioneering sex doctors Virginia Johnson and Bill Masters.  Their work was incredibly important […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Freedom, gender equity, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Truth. Lying, Uncategorized, Women, workplace | 15 Comments »

(Heart)Breaking News: Kate Kelly and John Dehlin

June 11, 2014
(Heart)Breaking News:  Kate Kelly and John Dehlin

The New York Times reports that both Kate Kelly and John Dehlin are being called for a disciplinary council.  While their aims and methods are vastly different, both are politically more liberal than the majority of church members, and both are proponents of women’s rights and acceptance of homosexuals. From Robert D. Putnam’s book American […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Education, Faith, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, New Testament Sunday School Lessons | 119 Comments »

Manufactured Prejudice

June 3, 2014
Manufactured Prejudice

On a recent post at BCC, a commenter stated that in his stake at a recent meeting with a Q&A session with a general authority, two of the seven questions asked were how to get youth to accept the church’s stance on homosexuality. [1]  This is a question that I have wondered about myself as […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Doctrine, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 43 Comments »

CofChrist News Beat: World/USA Conference After-Action Reports

April 26, 2013
CofChrist News Beat: World/USA Conference After-Action Reports

The headline is clear. Community of Christ will provide sacramental ordinances of marriage, commitment ceremonies, and ordination independent of sexual orientation in the USA. Specifically, after two days of discussion, the USA National Conference formally approved by a required 2/3rds majority the following recommendations to the First Presidency and Quorum of Twelve: The 2013 USA […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Community of Christ, Doctrine, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Priesthood, Prophet, Violence | 34 Comments »

Remapping the Eternal Family

March 8, 2013
Remapping the Eternal Family

Human brains naturally use locations in space and time to make sense of events. Why should we expect eternal spirits to follow that protocol? The question has always bothered me. What follows is speculation about a different way of looking at the relationship between the physical and the spiritual than the Restoration faiths adopted in […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Race Relations, Science and Religion | 32 Comments »

Who Are the Anti-Mormons?

February 19, 2013
Who Are the Anti-Mormons?

There are many on the internet publishing information about our faith, often not very flattering.  Some of that information is faith-shaking.  But where does it cross the line into being “anti-Mormon”?  Some would say that anyone who says anything that is not uplifting or faith promoting is anti-Mormon, but that seems like a pretty low […]

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Posted in Church Policy, General Conference, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 18 Comments »

How Change Happens (or Doesn’t)

December 11, 2012
How Change Happens (or Doesn’t)

When I was a pre-teen, I remember overhearing a conversation between adults about the ERA, the political push for women to have equal rights in society and in the workplace.  I was proud to think that while others of my friends belonged to churches that led by fallible men, we had God at the helm, […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, General Conference, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, Race Relations | 42 Comments »

There are Wars and There are WARS

September 16, 2012
There are Wars and There are WARS

Unable to sleep a few nights ago, I sought mind-deadening through cable TV. I chanced upon a movie I thought would do the job — a murder mystery set in a mountain abbey in 14th Century Italy. I didn’t get what I expected. Instead, the movie, The Name of the Rose, starring Sean Connery and […]

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Posted in America, Europe, Faith, Freedom, History, Israel, Morality, Politics, understanding, Violence | 18 Comments »

Community of Christ Crosses Rubicon on LGBT Issues

June 9, 2012
Community of Christ Crosses Rubicon on LGBT Issues

The Community of Christ has begun “crossing the Rubicon” on LGBT issues, and there can be no reversing the action taken. CofChrist is committed to the theological precedent that priesthood can be compatible with participation in a legally recognized same-sex sexual relationship. On June 2nd, the Australian National Conference approved the following recommendation to the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 11 Comments »

Mitt’s Bully Pulpit: Weekend Poll

May 19, 2012
Mitt’s Bully Pulpit:  Weekend Poll

A recent news story about Mitt Romney’s highjinks or bullying, depending on your perspective, at a prestigious boys school in 1965 has raised questions about his character. Discuss.

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Posted in America, Church Policy, economics, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Uncategorized | 29 Comments »

Wickedness Never Was Happiness – Gay Relationships and Mormonism

May 16, 2012
Wickedness Never Was Happiness – Gay Relationships and Mormonism

If wickedness never was happiness, and some people are happy in gay relationships, how will anyone continue to oppose them?

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Posted in Uncategorized | 86 Comments »

Community of Christ Drafts Statement on Sexual Ethics

May 12, 2012
Community of Christ Drafts Statement on Sexual Ethics

At the end of April, Community of Christ released to the church at large a “Draft Statement on Sexual Ethics” for public review and invited comments to be made by e-mail to the First Presidency. This Statement will be considered by the International Leaders Council (which has no strict equivalent in the LDS) in May […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Morality, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 16 Comments »

Mormon People Versus Mormon Church

April 18, 2012
Mormon People Versus Mormon Church

We’ve all heard: “The Church is perfect, but the people aren’t.” But what happens when the media increasingly consults the People?

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Posted in Uncategorized | 41 Comments »

Red Light, Green Light: The Church’s Homosexuality Stance

March 27, 2012
Red Light, Green Light:  The Church’s Homosexuality Stance

As the culture wars heat up in the 2012 election cycle and more and more states accept same sex marriage, the church remains in a very precarious and somewhat contradictory position.  This seems to be the case when change happens.  Old attitudes eventually give way to new ones, but in the meantime, we have contradictory […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 63 Comments »

Rick Santorum vs. LDS.org

February 28, 2012
Rick Santorum vs. LDS.org

I recently chortled my way through an article that listed 9 controversial Rick Santorum quotes.  About halfway through I paused and thought, “Hey, some of these aren’t that far off things I believe might have been said in various church publications on LDS.org.”  Let’s see if I’m right. Feminism & Family Values Santorum on birth control.  […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Politics | 50 Comments »

Strengthening Families vs. Fighting Gay Marriage

February 19, 2012
Strengthening Families vs. Fighting Gay Marriage

Today’s guest post is from A Friend.  In light of the recent Prop 8 decision in California, the church issued the following statement: “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regrets today’s decision. California voters have twice determined in a general election that marriage should be recognized as only between a man and a […]

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Posted in America, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Politics, Pride | 54 Comments »

Interview on Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints — Part 1

December 10, 2011
Interview on Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints — Part 1

As I was researching a post last summer on some of the organizations that have sprung up in the stead of the RLDS movement as fundamentalist alternatives to the Community of Christ, I discovered that a childhood friend had become one of the leading officials of one such organization, the Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of […]

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Posted in History, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 21 Comments »

Gay Son + Insensitive Ward (You’re the Bishop Poll #12)

November 26, 2011
Gay Son + Insensitive Ward (You’re the Bishop Poll #12)

Your local community has a ballot initiative to uphold the traditional definition of marriage, and you’ve been asked as bishop to support the measure.  During this same time frame, you notice a reliable elderly couple has suddenly stopped coming to church. They had previously been very active, but are now conspicuously absent from the pews during sacrament meeting. You drop […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Morality, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 62 Comments »

Expanding the Church or Just Moving It?

September 17, 2011
Expanding the Church or Just Moving It?

“Finally have put a finger on an issue I have with the priesthood of this church. A lot of you want us to embrace, uphold, accept and defend the practicing homosexual. Why is it that because I do not agree with you that you try to paint me as hateful to everyone else?” Thus began […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Culture | 22 Comments »

The shortsighted wrongheadedness of LGBT activism

June 18, 2011
The shortsighted wrongheadedness of LGBT activism

The pity about much LGBT discourse is that much of the discourse among LGBT activists comes from a position of pity and despair. I mean, let’s take the main thrust (from an L and G perspective, although we can extend it to the others with more time). The idea is that some people just happen […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 109 Comments »

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