Target: The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints: The Quorum of Twelve Apostles
Goal: Let the Mormon Church know that being gay is not a sin, nor is acting on same-sex attraction.
The Mormon Church has recently begun a new online campaign called MormonsAndGays.org in which the Church clarifies its stance on homosexuality. The official Church stance is that the Mormon Church recognizes that being gay is not a choice and therefore is not a sin. However, the Church maintains that acting on same-sex attraction is a sin. This is not an evolution of Church doctrine, nor a step forward in the right direction. It is a side-step which maintains the same hypocritical religious policy as before. Sign this petition and show your support for gay rights by telling the Mormon Church that acting on same-sex attraction is not a sin.
With this online campaign, the Church seeks to teach members to deal with homosexuality with sensitivity and compassion, saying to love all your brethren. Compassion means to feel sympathy for another’s misfortune. Religious love, on the other hand, is about all-encompassing acceptance. It is unconditional. To tell homosexuals that the Church is there for them, understands them, and will be an example of moral rectitude, while at the same time damning them to hell if they ever act on their same-sex attraction is beyond cruel and deceptive. It is hypocritical and dangerous for the mental health and well-being of all gay Mormons. And what kind of lesson does this teach people? What does it teach parents? To love your child until they do something that you deem as wrong, and then condemn them to hell?
To tell an individual that you recognize that who they are is not a sin but to act on their natural desires is a sin simply denies what makes us human—our autonomy and sense of self. In taking this stance against homosexual action, it is as though the Mormon Church is telling a bird that it is not a sin to be a bird, but it is a sin for the bird to fly. In doing this, the Church is denying an individual’s thoughts, hopes, desires, and instincts.
For any religion to indoctrinate their followers with a belief system based on conditional love and acceptance rather than on unconditional love and empathy for all people regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, or ideology seems more immoral and unethical than being gay and acting on same-sex attraction. Sign this petition and show your belief in unconditional love and empathy, and tell the Mormon Church that it is not a sin to act on same-sex attraction.
Dear Mormon Quorum of Twelve Apostles,
We steadfastly disagree with the decision of the Mormon church to first recognize that being gay is not a choice but rather an innate part of that person’s identity and sense of self, and then condemn to hell any person who acts on his or her same-sex attraction. We see this denial of autonomy and identity as similar to the Mormon Church telling a bird that it is not a sin to be a bird, but it is a sin for the bird to fly, or for a fish to swim.
How is it that the Mormon Church proclaims God’s unconditional love for all of mankind, and then ascertains certain conditions and actions which are unacceptable to God’s love and salvation? This hypocritical proclamation seems more unethical and immoral than acting on same-sex attraction—an attraction which you have recognized as being inherent to that individual’s identity and personhood.
[Your Name Here]
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