Wednesday, December 3, 2008

What is the Church's stand?

Recently France has been putting together a proposal for a United Nations resolution that would call for the worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality. Homosexuality is punishable in 83 countries (out of 180 or so in the UN) and by death states such as Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen. Decriminalizing homosexuality is a basic humanitarian step.

Unbelievably, the Catholic Church has come out against this resolution. Its reasoning is that eliminating jail sentences and capital punishment for homosexuals would threaten traditional marriage. In other words, if you don't persecute homosexuals using all means in your arsenal, this "would create new and implacable discriminations" against Catholics who disagree with gay marriage.

A mainstream newspaper in Italy, La Stampa, called this reasoning grotesque.

I wonder, given the LDS Church's general concordance with Catholic thinking on the issue of homosexuality, whether the Mormon Church would also oppose this proposed U.N. resolution.

Via AmericaBlog and ThinkProgress

See also Time


Scot said...

The inquisition already has shown what the RCC can justify under the banner of morality and love for the sinning sodomite. Kind of surprising they'd take this stance these days though.

At least the LDS are new enough to not have that kind of historical baggage (or does shock and aversion "therapy" count?). I'd bet they have enough sense to not weigh in on this one, even if they'd want to make the same slippery-slope argument. (Do they have a voice in the UN?)

MoHoHawaii said...

The Mormon Church is engaging in what the Bush administration calls "strategic communication." That is, it is truthful about its policy positions, plans and matters of fact only when it it's politically advantageous to do so. This is what used to be called "lying for the Lord."

The problem is that the Church, unlike the executive branch of the U.S. Government, has only its status as a defender of morality to stand on. When it compromises its morality by engaging in "strategic communication" it undermines its own foundation.

I suppose we shouldn't be surprised. After all, it was Boyd Packer who said "Not everything that is true is useful."

I think this whole affair is a great lesson in why it is a bad idea for churches to engage in politics.

Anonymous said...

Hey Moho:

Always interesting reading you. I think you're on to something with your last line: "I think this whole affair is a great lesson in why it is a bad idea for churches to engage in politics."

But I'll go you one further: I think this whole affair is a great lesson in why churches are a bad idea - full stop.

C. L. Hanson said...

Those crazy French -- what'll they think of next? ;^)

[kɹeɪ̯ɡ̊] said...

Yay, more evidence that religion is antithetical to humane behaviour.