Done & Done
Date: May 15, 2019 11:53AM
Mormons claim to have a Heavenly Father but what they really have is a Heavenly Follower.
Back in Joseph's time, everyone who was anyone was having visions of Angels. So, Joseph had one. Then to set himself apart from the crowd, years later, he added God and then Jesus just to up the game. Worked well enough.
Back in Joseph's time there were many big temperance movements. My mother always used to say , "No one knew at the time that coffee was bad for you." Ha ha. Many were saying it. And Heavenly Father decided to join the throngs and reveal the WoW to his prophet.
The curse of Cain from the Bible was always a great way to discriminate against people of color. Mormon Heavenly father decided to get on that already rolling along band wagon as well. "Great idea. I'll have some of that," he said in his thundering tones. Then to add his own twist, and give it some pizazz, He revealed to Joseph that black servants could be black servants in the CK too. How magnanimous!
Then the world decided to rethink the curse of Cain thing and the way they treated the Blacks because, well, the Blacks weren't having it anymore. And lo and behold, after thinking about it for a couple of decades, Mormon God decided that if the other kids were jumping off the cliff, He would too. "Priesthood for everyone!" HE decreed. See? We do have modern revelation!
The thing is though, Mormon Heavenly Father is a little slow on the uptake. Years after the Psychiatrists decided being gay wasn't a mental illness, Heavenly Father was still instructing Oaks et al at BYU that electroshock therapy was the way to go for the gays. Finally had to quit that and follow a kinder society.
I would expect at the rate Mormon Heavenly Father follows the crowd, Marriage Equality will be the rage in the Mormon church by 2030.
Now this pesky thing society has got going on where women are taking their rightful place being what they want to be and taking no prisoners. Lets' start the count down on when Mormon Heavenly Father will decide to get on that trend. Any guesses?
I just wish society would move faster so Mormon Heavenly Father could follow faster. Would be nice.
Done & Done
Date: May 17, 2019 10:09AM
I read your response the other day and your comment re:homophobia being a mental illness got stuck in my head because I couldn't see it that way. Also the "social trends" comment really got my mind going, so I did some reading. Didn't find that much but did find this from a Peter Friedman who is not an authority but did offer this:
" . . . straight men are accustomed to relating to each other in specific, defined ways, and so are often uncomfortable with the idea that a man could be attracted to them, or disgusted at the thought of gay sex, or
disguising some homosexual inclinations of their own by showing and/or feeling hatred of gay men (I speak of men only because that’s what I know). Not long ago, homosexuality was widely considered a mental illness. Now, gay marriage is legal in a number of countries. In Catholic Ireland, the voters themselves directly legalized gay marriage. This means that homophobia was once far more widespread than it is now, which means that people can change (maybe not everyone) so it’s not necessarily a mental disorder. People whose homophobia persists after extensive exposure to gay relatives, friends, neighbors, celebrities, etc., probably do have a mental disorder, but those are extreme cases. After more time has passed for openly gay people to be fully integrated into society and for more straight people to be exposed to us, homophobia may someday be anachronistic and even considered a mental disorder . . ."
As for the social trend comment, I do see the side of society that tends to list anything outside of the norm as a mental illness when in fact it is just variety. I think the main reason people get over their homophobia is they get to know us, to see us, and to realize we are a variation and as a group we are no threat to ourselves or anyone else as someone with a mental illness may be. Unlike homophobes who are a threat. Like homophobic religions and religious that wish to take our rights away or chase us down an alley to beat us up. Gay bashing is still a real thing. So maybe homophobia is a mental illness.
So if people clearly change their attitudes toward gay people by being exposed to them, is their previous disdain for gays really a mental illness or just a product of misinformation, and miseducation?
I liked exploring this so thanks for that.