This last weekend was the semiannual conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Leaders gave council to members of the church throughout the world, on a variety of topics, by satellite feed. One of the topics was our stand on homosexual marriage. Elder Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gave the follow talk:
I could not have put it as well, if I had a thousand years to ponder what I would say. Here are some of my thoughts about what he said:
Homosexuals have a choice
He said what most of us have been thinking for a long time. The concept that homosexuals have no choice is incorrect. We are not animals, nor are we nothing more than programmed biological robots.
I have a temper, it runs in my family, but I control my urges. I stopped getting in fistfights long before I reached adulthood, and I become mellower each year. This whole idea that people are born this way and cannot help it is false. If it is true, then we should not punish anyone who commits a crime, because they were born that way and cannot help it. Like Goebbels, they seek to repeat the lie, until many suppose it to be true.
As the children voting would not actually change the gender of the kittens, neither would any type of legislation change the nature of morality. Popularity has as much power to change moral law as it does to change the physics that govern our universe.
As you can imagine the backlash has already began. The gay community is outraged by Elder Packers comments. The comments on You Tube that accompany this video, shows the hatred in the hearts of many that take up the gay cause. To respond in such a way to a religious leader of any faith is sickening, let alone a WWII vet that has dedicated his life to serving his fellow man.
We will not get into a shouting match and become extreme. At the same time, we will not be bullied into embracing wickedness. They can curse and deride all they wish. We will simply do what is right, regardless of the consequence. We know that we are not alone; there are many good people of all faiths, which know in their hearts that morality is unchanging.
2 hours ago