lördag 14 mars 2009

Look who's talking

The Mormons and Latter Day Saints poured money into the campaign "Yes on Prop 8" in California. The Mormons wanted to ban same-sex marriage and, unfortunately, they were successful. It should come as no surprise that their view on homosexuality is.... let's say, archaic. An excerpt from a Mormon pamphlet (2002) states: "Homosexuality Is Sin: Next to the crime of murder comes the sin of sexual impurity." Nor should it come as a surprise that they think that homosexuality is a chosen lifestyle, that it's immoral and sinful to engage in "homosexual conduct", that homosexuality is a cause of bad parenting - particularly an overbearing mother or an absent father and that homosexuality can be cured with therapy, repentance and prayer.

Let's take a look at the Mormons and their conduct, shall we?

The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, one of the largest Mormon fundamentalist denominations, practices polygamy. Warren Jeffs, the leader, inherited his leadership from his father - Rulon Jeffs - who had 75 wives and 65 children at the time of his death in 2002. Warren did not only inherit the leadership, but also the wives. As a leader, he was the only one with privilege to perform marriages and the person responsible for "assigning" wives to husbands. It was common to "assign" girls under the age of 16 to men over the age of 65. The church owns all the property in the area where its members reside, as well as the children born into the congregation.

Warren Jeffs was arrested in Nevada in 2006 and charged with sexual conduct with minors, incest, rape as an accomplice. He has also been accused of raping young boys while still in Utah. He is serving ten years to life right now.

In the spring of 2008, local authorities in Texas raided the LDS compound and reportedly took into legal custody more than 400 children and 133 women deemed to have been harmed or in imminent danger of harm. A number of the teenage girls were pregnant at the time. The authorities discovered that the underage girls who were forced into marriage were required to immediately consummate their marriage in a bed inside the soaring limestone temple.

Can you believe these people think of me as an abomination?

Let's take a look at that pamphlet again... "Next to the crime of murder comes the sin of sexual impurity." Yeah, I'd have to say I agree with that. Except "sexual impurity" in this case is their way of using a cult to brainwash women and girls to succumb to the sexual fantasies of dirty, old men. They use the veil of religion to justify rape, incest and more.

Do you think they can be cured with therapy, repentance and prayer?

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