Friday, February 01, 2008

Common Fetid Ground

It seems our favorite Baptist Pastor will be protesting at the funeral of LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley.

If you’ve not steeled yourself up to such antics you should probably not read this link (and you’re probably a healthier man than I for the sensitivity :-)):

Here (I decided not to link to the worst of it, on the ghf site. I linked to an article that talks about it and links there but I don't want to directly boost his hits...)

It’s basically the same old screed that gays have faced for centuries. The LDS are going to burn in hell for all eternity with us gays, wishing we had only listened to their wisdom… But it’s not their wisdom, right? They’re not cruel, heartless, unloving, right? They love gays and the LDS and are only telling us the truth of God’s plan, one they follow in complete humility…

Sad. Hate may harden a heart, but that emotion which feels like love and isn’t will completely solidify it. Indulgence in such feelings is the sin that should send people hiding in the mountains at the thought of eternal judgment. But it won’t. Such mind games are made to please both the dark and light side of our human nature; love the sinner and treat him like an enemy. The ironic self-righteousness of the self-admitted vile sinner feels too good. The infinite ego found in submitting to your idea of God is too potent. What to do?

It just gets so old.

I suppose one could try to find a silver lining and imagine that common ground, no matter how fetid, is a place on which two groups can build. Maybe sharing such a shocking foe will go some way to making the gay community in Utah less willing to demonize their LDS opponents. Maybe it will make the LDS less willing to degrade our families and relationships or call for our legal inequality. Regardless, that’d be a thin lining on one large dark cloud of tomorrow's planned action.

I hope it snows like mad :-).

To those attending the funeral, I’d say just acknowledge the sadness in this guy and his family, let it quench your temper, and walk by silently; I’m sure a quiet prayer for them wouldn’t hurt either. And for goodness sake, don’t touch them. They’re all lawyers.

3 comments:

Kengo Biddles said...

Wait, so because I'm gay -and- Mormon, does that mean I'm going to burn in the second circle of hell?

Scot said...

Don’t worry, Kengo, I’ll come visit you from my gentrified gay circle of hell (I’m pretty sure though they’re not fans of agnostics either).

Ug, I recently listened to a 30 min interview with his daughter (Shirley?). I just don’t get how she can apparently be so calm and express love and still advocate doing stuff like this to another human, let alone a whole group mourning their leader. She says she's happiest on these picket lines. It’s cognitive dissonance I’m glad to experience.

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