I was talking with one of my sons about how Mormons treat gays. As I thought about and we talked it seems that Mormons in general have almost no tolerance for gays.
His time spent in Utah county re-inforced what he saw as the typical Mormon actions and feelings toward gays. It seems that because we recognize the lifestyle as being sinful, compounded with the doctrine of eternal families that gays are treated differently….than other “sinners”.
Smoking is a sin, but we welcome smokers. Not paying tithing is a sin, but we accept those that rob God. We seem to embrace other sinners, but shun gays….almost like they are contagous. We speak with our lips “hate the sin, love the sinner” but we keep our distance…as if we don’t want our kids exposed to them, or we’re afraid they’ll be looking at our kids with lustful eyes or something. Oh, and we don’t want to have to explain “that” lifestyle to our children either….so we avoid them so that won’t happen.
I had three theater managers that we gay. They were employees and friends. The only time I remember feeling uncomfortable around any of them was when we were at a resturant and one of them kissed his companion. The son I was talking with has had several gay friends. I know my other son has too. My daughter as a brother-in-law who is gay.
I think it’s time to evaluate what we think, why we think that, and how we treat gays. Then we should decide for ourselves how we should treat them, and what we are going to do about it.
My son and I concluded that we all have problems with different sins and if we don’t overcome them then we won’t be living with Heavenly Father. If gays don’t overcome their problems and we don’t overcome ours, we’ll both be on the outside looking in.
When will we overcome our sins should be much more important to us then when will they overcome their’s.
We as Mormons should understand that more than anyone else and should treat all sinners accordingly.