Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Attacked and sad...

Please note that my views are my own and do not reflect the views of any other individuals or organization... thanks and much love

I just finished watching a movie about proposition 8 in California and the role the Mormon Church had in passing that proposition. First off, I am a Mormon. That being said, I believe that any man or woman have the right to live their lives as they wish. I am not gay, but I don't condemn homosexuals because it's not my place to judge anybody. I have gay friends and relatives, who I love dearly. But this movie made me feel like I was under attack for my beliefs.

I was raised to believe that the relationship a person has with God was his own concern. The Church leadership did ask people to support the proposition because the Mormon view of marriage is that it is a sacred bond between Man, Woman, and God. I support that. I'm not exactly sure if the Gay community ever involve God into their marriage vows because none of my gay friends seem to want to get married...(maybe because most of them are men and, as any woman will tell you, men have commitment issues.)

I personally feel that the whole gay marriage issue is more of a "right to do something" thing than a "we're gonna screw with God and all religion" thing. Maybe some people feel that way. But as far as I am concerned, God gave us each the right to choose and we will deal with it when we see him individually. I don't care if homosexuals marry... let them find their happiness while they have their time on earth, just like I would hope that they let me find mine.

The movie I was watching did portray Mormons as Blindly Obedient and Mindless. That is where I have issue with the film. I am no ones puppet and to be called one offends me greatly. Members of the Church, and other churches who supported Prop 8, did the most American thing possible and cast a ballot. The political process wasn't cheated, nobody was stopped from voting at their polling locations, the simple truth is that prop 8 was passed because more people voted for it than against it. To persecute Mormons for what they believe would be just as wrong as persecuting Homosexuals for what they believe.

I'm all for Gays and Lesbians having their freedoms. Just beat them at the polls next election.

Thanks for the vent session...

6 comments:

El Genio said...

You're right - church members and everyone else who voted in the 2008 election were exercising their rights as citizens of the United States. Of course, a lot of people are upset because they don't believe that rights are something that should be up for a vote in the first place. Flip the coin and consider how you would feel if the ability of Mormons to get married was on the ballot box in November.

Mormons don't need to be persecuted for the results of the 2008 election, but the church does need to be called out for its role in promoting the measure, and for a belief system which is quite often deadly to our gay brothers and sisters.

Jacelle said...

Very fair, well said. I say the blessing, or curse, of marriage should be extended to whoever desires it and that right should not be taken away from individuals because of race, class, sexual orientation etc. But in the end it was about the polls not the church.

BIGjun said...

I'm glad that you guys find my rants interesting enough to comment on.

BIGjun said...

I have a cousin that my brothers and I are very close to. We know that he is gay because he has come out to everyone else in our family. In fact, we have always suspected that he would be gay since he was little, but he is afraid to actually tell us because we have been like the big brothers he never had and I'm sure he is afraid of what we will think of him. Nothing will ever change the fact that we love him... I just want him to be happy. Like I said before God judges not us. I hope he feels comfortable enough to tells us one day.

Raindance said...

Dude. Hecka amen to everything you wrote here. Wish more people knew that is how so many of us feel.

Bdawg said...

I agree...it's funny that the gay and lesbian community would come at church members with the same disdain and "bigotry" that they accuse us of doing to them. I wonder what kind of response Church members would see if we staged demonstrations in front of businesses and homes of those that contributed to supporting gay marriage? I agree BigJun...if you want to change something, ya best run to the polls instead of targeting a religion that only represents 3% of the entire population of California!