It’s not Adam and Steve! It’s Adam and Eve, and Janet, and Carly, and Lindsey. Also, screw your kids.
The Church of Latter Day Saints, AKA the Mormons, have recently come out…with a new policy regarding homosexual couples. A new church policy bans children of gay couples from blessings and baptisms until they reach the age of eighteen and disavow homosexuality. These changes come in a guide for lay leaders of the church creatively titled “Handbook 1.” Homosexuals, according to the new guidelines, are to be treated as apostates.
“Church handbooks are policy and procedural guides for lay leaders who must administer the Church in many varied circumstances throughout the world,” said church spokesman Eric Hawkins in an email on Friday. “The Church has long been on record as opposing same-sex marriages. While it respects the law of the land, and acknowledges the right of others to think and act differently, it does not perform or accept same-sex marriage within its membership.”
These stricter guidelines, however, will force the children of gay couples to choose between their parents and church doctrine once they reach the age of eighteen (when they are also expected to begin preparing for missionary work, I believe.) I’m having a little trouble following the logic of this, though. What eighteen year old, as rebellious as they may be at the time, will choose to follow the doctrine of an organization that has shunned them their entire lives, just because of who their parents are?
Now, I won’t pretend to be an expert on Mormon theology or history. All I know about the religion is from the only service I attended with a friend a few years ago, and musician Lindsey Stirling. I also won’t pretend to be an expert on the legal issues now that gay marriage is legal, or the religious ramifications that this legality brings. I, personally, am of the opinion that mankind has is the right to sin. As Christians/Mormons/whatever religion, our duty is to inform and warn people of what the consequences of said sin are. After that, however, it is up to the sinners to decide their path (this leads to a debate over free will vs. predestination, which I will avoid getting into.)
I do not think that Mormonism is a correct religion, but I do think that they are making a mistake with this move. Does any church have the right to cast out black sheep from the flock? Legally, yes. There are even some Bible verses that encourage this. However, this is only meant as a last resort. Just straight up banning everybody harms the church. The Mormons are painting with too wide a brush.
Considering that alcohol, caffeine, and coffee are all banned, you would think that they would be able to think much more clearly than this…