some white Christian man was on TV complaining about being persecuted.
So yesterday, some white Christian man was on TV complaining about being persecuted. (Thanks Matt B. – your status update totally won FB!) Yep, the Mormons came out with a statement that sounds kind of awesome on the surface, but as the day went on, I felt more and more uneasy as I pondered over it. Basically, they have a truce that they want to throw out there: The Mormon church will back laws that protect “vital religious freedoms for individuals, families, churches and other faith groups while also protecting the rights of our LGBT citizens in such areas as housing, employment and public accommodation in hotels, restaurants and transportation.”
Let’s peel this one back for a second… What are these “vital religious freedoms” that they are seeking? Well, the Mormon church basically wants us (gay right advocates and the government) to back off and allow them to go about their business the way they want to. I’m totally ok with that – Hell, I want to go about my business as well… So yeah, the first part of this truce sounds alright until I remembered how much money Mormons spent in support of Proposition 8 in California. Why were they so adamant and keen on finding ways to fuck with the LGBT community in hopes of thwarting the rights that we would all eventually receive anyway? I mean, am I the only one that thinks this truce sounds completely hypocritical?!? They want us to back off of them but they are the ones who historically have been trying to prevent us from enjoying the exact same civil liberties as them (and the rest of the nation.)
You guys do realize that gays don’t sit at the back of the bus, right?! I mean seriously… We don’t take public transit at all! Also, our houses and restaurants are generally a lot more fabulous than yours.
The second part of the truce mentions that in return, they’ll protect (the most basic of) rights for the LGBT community – including housing, employment, public accommodation in hotels and restaurants, etc. HELLO CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT of the 1950’s-60’s!!! You guys do realize that gays don’t sit at the back of the bus, right?! I mean seriously… We don’t take public transit at all! Also, our houses and restaurants are generally a lot more fabulous than yours. That said, go on and read that passage again, except for take out “LGBT” and replace it with any other group… African Americans, Jews, Women, Republicans… Can you imagine anyone in 2015 saying something like: “If you leave us alone, we will protect the rights for the African American community – including housing, employment, public accommodation in hotels and restaurants”??? OMG, people would go bat shit crazy over this blatant discrimination… You could even take it one step further. I mean, what if someone said: “If you don’t leave us alone, we won’t protect the rights for the African American community – including housing, employment, public accommodation in hotels and restaurants”? Whoa!!! Ponder that for a hot minute.
So, I’ve been thinking. What would modern day Jesus do? That is, if he actually existed and was the current CEO of the Mormon church. I remember hearing stories that Jesus offered unconditional love to everyone. He didn’t care if you were a harlot, a druggie, gay, black, white, yellow, brown, etc. If modern Jesus was around, he’d probably still be rocking his 6-pack (abs, not beer – duh, he liked wine), beard, red robe, and some Birkenstocks. He’d tell everyone to settle down and to do things in moderation. Don’t eat too much meat, don’t drink too much wine, don’t have too much sex (take that seventh day to rest), and oh yeah, love EVERYBODY. Ok, I’m being silly. Seriously though, if Jesus was around, none of this would matter. He would never have given money to an organization that would impede a certain fraction of the population from getting civil liberties. Politics – why would he dip his holy holey hands into that? He would never have to create a silly truce as mentioned above. He would simply love everyone and ask that we all do the same.
Ya know, even though my blood boils with all of this nonsense, I have to remember that there are some pretty awesome Mormons out there. I got to talk on the phone with my mom and sister-in-law yesterday, and it felt really nice to know that there are plenty of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) who aren’t driving towards their own political agenda. Instead, they really do love everybody – me, this flaming homo, even. I may have had a tough time with some asshole Mormon neighbors (ya know, the ones that created a petition asking me not to attend church because I was a fag,) counselors telling me to straighten up or learn to enjoy the hot scathing heat of Hell, and bishops telling me that I was living a life of sin (it was really hard to not touch myself, btw.) But for everyone of those douche bags, I can count at least 3 amazing Mormons who loved me no matter what. My entire family has stood by my side throughout the years. They know I’m a good guy with an incredible heart. They love me. They’re Mormon. Hell, even my grandma recently told me that she loved me and all she wanted from me was to be happy. Guys, that’s unconditional love!
Yesterday, when my mom heard the news about the church extending this truce, she was thrilled. For her, and several others, it seemed like an amazing first step for the church to be accepting of the LGBT community. Finally Mormons can accept and love the people they are supposed to accept and love. She sent me a text asking if I had heard what had happened. She was so excited and I totally should have replied with, “this is awesome, mom!” Instead, I gave her my honest opinions and, well, I started an argument. I regret it.
Ya know, maybe I should be happy that the Mormons are coming forth with this truce. Maybe I should be ecstatic that this might actually be a step forward towards some sort of mutual reconciliation. Perhaps I’m not happy because I’m jaded from all of the bullshit that I had to go through the first half of my life. Maybe I’ve lost God and organized religion in the process. Whatever it is – I ought to be optimistic and hope for the best – for both parties. Maybe I can find a way to forgive some of the… meh, nevermind – I’m not ready to forgive those assholes for the awful hell they put me through. Maybe, with time, I can honor this truce and just let the Mormon church do what they want to do. Will they be able to do the same for me?