| The LDS church has its trousers around its knees and their giant desperation is showing. In the June 2011 issue of The Ensign, there is an article that is an adaptation of a speech that was given at BYU in March 2011 by Elder Bruce D. Porter that rails against tolerance and is a blatant manifesto to parents exhorting them to raise their children to fight against the cause of marriage equality. Reading this article is almost comical; it's such a grossly transparent attempt to make sure that the upcoming generation is as bigoted and self-serving as they are. Fortunately for those of us who have some sense of human compassion and a modicum of logic and common sense should be able to see through this, and realize that times, they are a changin'.
The speech is filled with not-so-thinly-veiled hatred. He explains that while God's love is unconditional, his blessings are far from it. Only the righteous and those who are moral and virtuous are worthy to receive one of God's greatest blessings: LOVE.
This speech once again paints LDS people as victims and martyrs, and explains how much the idea of tolerance has been distorted and vastly overblown (apparently LDS, Inc. has claimed to have the ultimate and perfect definition of THAT word, too) because people have begun to "tolerate" and accept gay and lesbian families as being legitimate.
"Those who defend the traditional family, who stand for fidelity and chastity and all that once was considered wholesome and praiseworthy are mocked and ridiculed. On the other hand, those who see no problem with fatherless homes, who advocate abortion, who fight all attempts to limit pornography, and who seek to redefine the very essence of what a family is, are praised and upheld as champions of tolerance. Truly, the world has turned upside down."
Translation: anyone who challenges the LDS church's short-sighted point of view are not simply disagreeing, they are mocking and ridiculing it.
"In the mad pursuit of self that prevails in the world today, many believe that they may make up their own rules as they go along, putting on their personal concept of morality or “lifestyle” like a change of clothing."
Really? The last time I checked, we were all born with something called Free Will(y). One of the great things about being human is that we are all able to change and evolve our ideas about what is right and wrong for our lives. But as we all well aware, the LDS church has the deluded idea that it has the franchise on morality and virtue, and anything that strays from that is evil and must be squashed by any means necessary.
"Until recently in our national history, tolerance referred to racial and religious non-discrimination. It meant civility in the political arena; in other words, respecting the right of others to express their views, even if we do not agree with them. It meant treating all people with decency and respect...today, however, the world is in danger of abandoning all sense of absolute right or wrong, all morality and virtue, replacing them with an all-encompassing “tolerance” that no longer means what it once meant...Curiously enough, this new modern tolerance is often a one-way street. Those who practice it expect everyone to tolerate them in anything they say or do, but show no tolerance themselves toward those who express differing viewpoints or defend traditional morality."
Hello? In this bile-inducing vitriol, Elder Porter is arrogant enough to claim that tolerance only has to do with race and religion. According to him, tolerance means 'treating all people with decency and respect', but that only should encompass race and the almighty Religion. Once again, the LDS people are being persecuted and mocked because people aren't lying down and taking their bigoted points of view in the ass anymore. And WE'RE persecuting THEM???
"The Church is a small institution compared with the world at large. Nevertheless, the Latter-day Saints as a people should not underestimate the power of our example, nor our capacity to persuade public opinion, reverse negative trends, or invite seeking souls to enter the gate and walk the Lord’s chosen way."
Shut up, Napoleon. If the leaders of the LDS church opened their eyes just a teeny tiny bit, and saw the world as it really is, they'd be in for a shit popsicle when they realize how completely insane most people outside (and inside for that matter) Utah view the LDS church and its members. You think a bunch of old men running a cult-like organization in a small city like Salt Lake have enough power to alter and manipulate public opinion? Wrong. Contrary to the delusions of grandeur you foster, Elder Porter, pretty much the only public opinion you can bend to your will is in Utah, and even then, your popularit is waning, and people are leaving the LDS church in mass.
"May we as members of the Church rise up and assume our divinely appointed role as a light to the nations. May we sacrifice and labor to rear a generation strong enough to resist the siren songs of popular culture, a generation filled with the Holy Ghost so that they may discern the difference between good and evil, between legitimate tolerance and moral surrender."
Arrogencia!!! As hard as you try, you can't fight societal progression. Your "Proclamation to the Family" isn't absolute law, no matter how many servings of delusion you consume each day. We no longer live in a Victorian society where women are subservient to men, and people that fall outside the mold of middle-class white men are considered inferior. This is an age of freedom and self-expression. People are becoming less afraid of the Vengeful Warlord God, and realizing that love in all its myriad forms is part of an innate human right, not something that comes exclusively from Your God, based on an arcane belief that there is only one kind of love, compassion and tolerance in the world.
Should you like to read the speech in its entirety, and think you can keep your lunch down while doing so, here's the link: