Thursday, January 21, 2010

Secret Combinations

With respect to Prop. 8 campaign, key talking points will come from campaign, but cautious, strategic, not to take the lead so as to provide plausible deniability or respectable distance so as not to show that church is directly involved.
(sic)

I've been up all night...those words swimming through my head. I'm not sure why they bother me so much. After Prop 8 was passed, I felt a lot of anger towards The Church and very nearly made my separation official and final. I still have the letters, unmailed. All I can think is that those words are not the words of any person or organization with integrity. Someone I know recently remarked about heightened security in airports, "They can search me all they want -- I have nothing to hide." If the Mormons feel so righteous in their cause, why would they want "plausible deniability"? Even now, they "speak with forked tongue". Their silence in response to what was entered as evidence in court is pretty damning.

I have a very devout family -- family that plans to get together later this year. I'm out to all of them, and there will be a very large elephant in the room when I see them. Mom tends to ask me from time to time when I plan on going back to church, and I do us both a disservice when I avoid the question. I do it mostly because I'm not sure I can keep my temper when the church is discussed. I know that it helps a lot of people make it through their lives, and there are many good things about it.

There are two concepts that I was taught at an early age, concepts that I believe apply here.

The first is very well known-
Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.
The second (AoF 1:11) is well known in the church-
We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.


I have no conclusions to draw; no battle cries. A smaller version of this nearly made it to Facebook, but I thought the better of it. More "keeping the peace". Maybe writing this will help me sleep.

2 comments:

Zachary Pierre said...

Derek, if you're going to use my words in your post, please put them in context. My comment of them searching me all they want was in regards to the new machines that supposedly can see through clothing. It wasn't intended to be self-righteous, it was in reference to someone seeing me naked and me not caring (anyone who has seen me recently would realize I was being extremely sarcastic). I think everyone else who read this understood it that way.

Regarding the 11th AoF, it actually supports the Church's stance on gay marriage. We believe marriage to be a sacred institution ordained of God, and that He intended it to be between a man & a woman. When someone tries to change the very nature of that institution, we have every right to defend it. You are obviuosly free to disagree with the Church's stance, but you can't argue with our right to stand for something that is very important to us.

You're entitled to your opinion and I respect it, as I hope you do mine.

Love you bro.

Jerilyn said...

What is the elephant in the room you're expecting?