Every once in a while some future god from the Mormon church exposes The Church's secret position. Boyd K Packer is often amongst the indiscrete of the LDS Church’s most holy authority. The wondrous internet has testified as witness to the editing of his words in the archival versions of his official speeches. Upon his death, and he is getting on in years, he will become a god on his own planet. One must wonder if his words will be presented to his devoted alien masses after this divine re-incarnation in their original or edited form.
This is a section of a speech by Boyd given at the October 2010 LDS general conference:
We teach the standard of moral conduct that will protect us from Satan’s many substitutes and counterfeits for marriage. We must understand that any persuasion to enter into any relationship that is not in harmony with the principles of the gospel must be wrong. From The Book of Mormon we learn that “wickedness never was happiness.”
Some suppose that they were preset, and cannot overcome what they feel are inborn tendencies toward the impure and unnatural. Not so. Why would our Heavenly Father do that to anyone? Remember, he is our Father.
Paul promised, “God will not suffer you to be tempted above what ye are able, but will, with the temptation, also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (paraphrased I Cor 10:13)
You can if you will, break the habits, and conquer the addiction, and come away from that which is not worthy of any member of the Church. As Alma cautioned, we must watch and pray continually. Isaiah warned of them that call evil good and good evil. That put darkness for light and light for darkness. That put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
Here is the transcript version originally archived at LDS.org:
We teach a standard of moral conduct that will protect us from Satan’s many substitutes or counterfeits for marriage. We must understand that any persuasion to enter into any relationship that is not in harmony with the principles of the gospel must be wrong. From the Book of Mormon we learn that “wickedness never was happiness.”
Some suppose that they were preset and cannot overcome what they feel are inborn temptations toward the impure and unnatural. Not so! Remember, God is our Heavenly Father.
Paul promised that “God … will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” You can, if you will, break the habits and conquer an addiction and come away from that which is not worthy of any member of the Church. As Alma cautioned, we must “watch and pray continually.”
Isaiah warned, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
Other church’s are not as aggressive at polishing the words of their authorities. Most other Churches do not claim that their authorities will be gods on distant planets either.
U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby began hearing arguments last Wednesday in a challenge to Utah’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as requiring two –and only two- sets of dissimilar genders for groups wishing to experience it. Four lawyers will be crafting the arguments in favor of the constitutional amendment. Three of the four are currently employed by BYU university, and the fourth is a Catholic employed by Southern Utah University.
Bryce J. Christensen is the catholic lawyer, and he has provided hints about what the arguments may be constructed from in a two-part essay he published in “Crisis Magazine – A Voice For The Faithful Catholic Laity” on January 1st and 2nd of this year entitled “How Same-Sex Marriage Suffocates Freedom”.
He does not use what I consider to be the best argument against same sex marriage, and that is “that the institution of marriage should simply be abandoned instead of trying to shore it up with the suffering of thousands of same sex couples”. I concede that I’m a little jaded by personal experience, and in no way present that argument as a basis for policy.
One might correctly guess that Bryce is not supportive of the idea of same-sex marriage simply by the title of his new-year’s essays, and dismiss them. However, Bryce’s freedom essays contain interesting bits worthy of examination.
According to Bryce the crafty homosexuals have hidden their anti-liberty agenda from most people through the use of clever slogans like “We All Deserve the Freedom to Marry” . Fortunately for the readers of Crisis Bryce followed the homosexuals to Spain where their evil elitist-fascist intentions were exposed. In Spain the homosexuals had the audacity to say mean things –in writing no less- to the Queen of Spain who has ruled as royal figurehead of Spain since succeeding Generalissimo Franco in 1975. What does the feudal residue of Spain's famous Nazi-inspired fascist dictatorship have to do with American liberty you may ask… actually I caught myself asking the same thing. Apparently the connection lies in the fact that she has the right “to express her opinion like any other citizen.”. Like your homophobic cousin chuck for instance. Can’t you picture Chuck saying something like this:
“If those people [homosexuals] want to live together, dress up as bride and groom and get married they can do so, but that should not be called marriage because it is not.” Queen Sophia of Spain quoted in Pilar Urbano’s book - "La Reina muy de cerca"
The official response by the Queen’s PR group was to say that Pilar Urbano got the quote wrong. Did Pilar get it wrong, or is the Queen of Spain (the monarch queen) the victim of homosexual liberty suffocation? What right do gays have to voice their opinion in such a way as to pressure the queen of Spain to somewhat retract what she was quoted as saying in someone’s unofficial biography of her? Sopia is the QUEEN OF SPAIN, beloved of god, anointed successor to the fascist father of Modern Spain, and, above all else, a citizen of a distant country who has rights like you and me… except different rights in a different country. I think Bryces point is not about how down Sophia’s rights got pushed , but by how far we need to up chuck’s rights. Bryce just wanted to point out how there is a little bit of Queen in all of us, and we need to protect its need to be validated by public approval.
Bryce then pulls out the concept of “anti-anti-homosexual” bullying. In doing so he conjured up Antonin Scalia’s dissent in the famous Lawrence v. Texas case of 2003. The Lawrence v. Texas finding effectively struck down anti-sodomy laws in the states that still had them. Antonin was not amused by this.
“So imbued is the Court with the law profession's anti-anti-homosexual culture, that it is seemingly unaware that the attitudes of that culture are not obviously "mainstream"; that in most States what the Court calls "discrimination" against those who engage in homosexual acts is perfectly legal.” -- Justice Antonin Scalia in his descent to the finding in Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003)
I think it is amazing that just 10 years ago homosexuality was illegal, or that the constitutionality of ant-homosexual sodomy laws in some states was affirmed by the SCOTUS in 1986 (Bowers v. Hardwick, 478 U.S. 186 (1986)) .
The Lawrence in Lawrence v Texas was a 55 year old (at the time) white Texas medical technologist named “John”. He and 31-year-old African-American Tyron Garner were arrested after a jealous 40-year-old Robert Eubanks tried to break up their flirting by calling up the police and reporting "a black male going crazy with a gun". The police showed up quickly, and found no gun, which –thanks to activist judges- is not illegal in Texas. Tyron was black, but –again thanks to activist judges- that is no longer illegal in Texas.
One of the officers (Joseph Quinn) reported watching Tyron and John engaged in anal sex in the bedroom. Another officer watched the two engaged in oral sex. The other two did not see them engaged in sex, but they were undoubtedly masterminding some nefarious plot for the homosexual agenda. Tyron and John were charged with “Homosexual Conduct” (Chapter 21, Sec. 21.06 of the Texas Penal Code), and Robert was sentenced to 30 days in jail for filing a false police report.
The silliness of the homosexual Texans is not what bothers Bryce. He is terrified of the fact that a culture exists that would not be horrified at their gayness. This anti-anti-homosexual (AAH) group is apparently headed by progressive elites.
“a progressive anti-anti-homosexual elite dramatically diminishes the political liberties of those who wish to affirm an understanding of marriage consistent with reality as affirmed by nature, history, biology, reason, as well as religion.” Bryce J. Christensen “How Same-Sex Marriage Suffocates Freedom (Part II)” January 2nd 2013
Not content with a simple double negative name Bryce is apparently pushing to become an anti-anti-anti-homosexual fighter (AAAH). Perhaps Queen Sophia will knight him?
It would be unimaginable for me to leave Bryce’s bait untouched by refusing to enhance the absurdity surrounding his opinion. I herby suggest the formation of an anti-anti-anti-anti-homosexual (AAAAH) super elite strike force.
Bryce, we uncap our pens in your general direction. We unleash the frothing adjectives to pursue you through metaphorical forests. We look forward to seeing your delusional arguments.