The big news this week has been about the repeal of Prop. 8. It's fanfuckingtastic news and I've been doing a little happy dance since I heard. But since I've stopped attending church and have surrounded myself with thinking, informed people, I'd forgotten how much insanity and misinformation is still out there. Well, I was reminded big time.
I have a young friend (he's on the far side of his twenties but he's young to me) who posted his take on the repeal of Prop 8. He's a member of the church but disagrees with the church's involvement and gently stated his opinion that everyone should have the right to marry. This is a kind, caring and non-judgmental man. But boy, does he have some self-righteous, bigoted and blind assholes for friends. With his permission I'm sharing some of the shit. The first comment to his post was this doozy:
I never question or judge the church and our General Authorities on any matter or decision they have made. I believe and have a testimony of our leaders and I will stand by their decisions because they are decisions from our Father in Heaven whom has a far greater understanding than I do of things pertaining to this earth. I also don't know why black men couldn't hold the priesthood for so long but there was a reason at the time. I will stand by our prophets decision always. I can't see them changing their stance on this issue ever. A big part of the decision is that we come here to multiply and replenish the earth and that can only be done between a man and a woman. There are so many arguments here but in the end it comes down to the one and only answer that I've repeated over and over here...if the decision comes from our leaders then it comes from God...and who wants to argue with the All Knowing!? *FYI- I don't mean to offend anyone and hope that I can post my opinion and not offend anyone!
The ignorance, it burns! Because nothing is more ignorant than completely blind obedience. "Who wants to argue, who wants to think? I'm just gonna do what they tell me while I pump out babies!"
The next comment was no better. And I copied and pasted it so all misspellings and typos are
The reason why the church is perusing this so heavily is that if it becomes a civil rights issue, then a same-sex couple could sue to be able to get married in a LDS temple, because they think its a pretty building. Then the temples start closing down in states where same-sex marriage is legal and the work stops. Also, another thing that is central to the plan of happiness is eternal marriage and bringing kids here to earth. You need a man and a women to accomplish that. And the church isn’t saying hurtful things about people with same sex attraction… That’s stuff that has been assumed by the ignorant and words that have been stuffed in their mouths. Read what the apostles have said and what the official statements from the church have said. There’s no hate. Only love.
Oh, where to begin with that one? Even the most casual research shoots down the whole "suing to get married in the pretty temple" crap. And the church doesn't say hurtful things about same-sex attraction?! This guy must have been raised with his head up his ass. Read a church book, dude! Listen to a conference talk with your ears actually open. Hate said lovingly is still hate and it is spewed with abandon in doctrine and attitude.
Half a dozen times I typed out a comment and each time I deleted it. I'm not good at arguing, whether face-to-face or online. I'm reduced to a stuttering, muttering idiot that can't string three coherent words together and it's not pretty. Only one person responded with any logic and sanity. I have no idea who he is but I love him already. He was the lone voice of reason but was labeled a "faggot" and pelted with hate by the others. I "liked" each of his comments in silent support as I watched this fuckery unfold. And soon I realized my tiny contribution was noticed when a friend request from this man popped up on my screen. So in spite of being a chicken of the first degree I have an awesome new friend! The best kind of friend--the kind that thinks for himself.