One Voice – To My LGBT Brothers and Sisters

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My dear LGBT brothers and sisters, I love all of you and hold no malice towards any of you, nevertheless, I make no qualms about the fact that I have grown weary of all the murmuring and bickering among members of the LGBT community about how they feel that their rights are being violated, when in the same breath, they deny other people their religious freedoms.

The LGBT community needs to respect that there is no obligation on the part of any church or religious organization, nor should they be forced or coerced, to denounce their doctrines and teachings to appease any group of people regardless of who they are or what they claim to represent. If there are members of the LGBT community who have an issue with a particular church or denomination, then they should disassociate themselves with that particular congregation. It is really that simple. If, however, they do decide to stay as a member of a particular congregation, then they must either accept, or at least be willing, to abide by what that church teaches, and stop trying to get the congregational leaders to revise the structure that is already in place to suit their particular needs and behaviors.

Personally, I do not appreciate the fact that a large populous of the LGBT community have band together to single out one Church – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – as the target of their hatred, malice, and ill speak. Even some gay members of the Church have joined with the masses in bashing the Church and its leaders.

In all fairness, if the LGBT community has a problem with religious organizations in general, then they need to take a look at ALL religions and religious organizations and see where each stands on the Gay Rights issues. For the record, at this very hour, there are some organizations and even Christian churches that are rallying together to pass legislation that will ban people from certain establishments based on their sexual orientation. Please note that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not among that group. In fact, the Church is fighting for, and standing up for, equality as far as civil rights for all people are concerned, regardless of their sexual orientation.

Yes, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does teach that marriage is between a man and a woman, and it is full within its rights to teach that principle based on the doctrines and principles of the gospel that it teaches and preaches. Everyone has their free agency. A person can either accept or reject the teachings of a religious organization. That is his or her personal choice. However, no one has been given a poetic license to force or coerce a religious organization into renouncing its teachings and practices to appease any group of people. Members of the LGBT community decry that their rights are being violated, but at the same time, they refuse to respect the rights of others, especially about religious freedom guaranteed by the United States Constitution.

I also feel that the LGBT community needs to stop beating a dead horse as far as whether people believe that being gay is a choice or not. There are many people who agree that being gay is not a choice. What members of the LGBT community fail to understand is that the Church is saying that even if being gay is not a choice, being actively engaged in homosexual activities IS a choice. And for the record, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not the only church that takes that stand.

Here is something to think about. If the Church were to dissolve a lot of its doctrines and teachings in favor of the LGBT agenda, a lot of faithful members who live in countries where homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment or death would become open targets because they would be considered either supporters of the Gay Movement or gay themselves. In the grand scheme of things it really would not matter which side of that proverbial coin a person is on as they would still be declared guilty. Gays in the United States, and especially members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which is a worldwide Church, need to ask themselves if what they think they are demanding is really worth risking the lives of other innocent people.

Finally, I ask that the Gay Rights Movement not be compared to the Civil Rights Movement. The issues are not even remotely the same. The LGBT community supposedly stands for and embraces peace, love, and unity, but I simply cannot see where that applies with all the bashing that is taking place, and all the hatred being spewed forth. With all due respect to my LGBT brothers and sisters, in many ways, the LGBT community needs to wake up and wise up, or else sit down and shut up. Equality is a two-way street. If you want people to respect your rights, then you also have to respect the rights of others.

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