What a Mormon Leader Really Meant When He Said “There Are No Homosexual Members of the Church”

I don’t feel good about this, but I think I have to defend Mormon Elder David A. Bednar.

At an event last week, a Chilean questioned asked the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles member a straightforward question: “How can homosexual members of the church live and remain steadfast in the gospel?” Or, to put it another way, can gays and lesbians be faithful Mormons?

We know the Mormon Church is bigoted at its core. We know they fought the Boy Scouts of America from accepting gay scout leaders. We know they now punish children of gay parents unless those kids denounce their parents’ relationship.

But Bednar’s response to the question seemed even worse than all of that:

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Ben Carson: When I’m President, I’ll Overturn the “Ban on Christianity in Our Public Schools”

Dr. Ben Carson, who’s in desperation mode heading into Super Tuesday, is at the point where he’ll say anything for votes. Which, let’s face it, is the same strategy he was using earlier. And we all know where that got him.

His latest attempt at pandering to the Christian base came during a conversation with Pat Robertson at Regent University. Carson said that, if he were elected President, he would do everything in his power to eliminate the “ban on Christianity in our public schools.”

Smart move. Since that ban doesn’t exist — and never has — he just made a promise he can actually deliver on!

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After Court Says Giant Cross Monument Does Not Promote Christianity, Humanist Group Files Appeal

If you visit Bladensburg, Maryland, you’ll see a 40-foot-tall World War I memorial called “Peace Cross.” Not only is it clearly a Christian symbol, it’s on public property, maintained by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission:

In 2012, the American Humanist Association asked the Commission to take down the monument. It was perfectly fine to honor veterans, they said, but not with a symbol that elevates one religion over all others and implies that only Christian soldiers fought in the war.

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That Explains God’s Power

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Lesbian Couple Says Mormon Church is Still Trying to Discipline Them, Years After They Left

I’ve posted multiple times about a lawyer who’s helping thousands of ex-Mormons officially leave the Church for good. And every time, commenters ask the same questions: Why can’t you just leave? Why do you have to go through a lawyer? Why not just walk out and not look back?

The answer is simple: Unless you’re officially off their rolls, they’ll never stop harassing you. They’ll even enlist your friends and family members to bring you back. Without going through the formal process, your escape isn’t complete.

Now we have an example of that playing out.

Leisha and Amanda LaCrone were both raised in Mormon families, but Leisha thought she was excommunicated 15 years ago. Not that she cared — the lesbian couple has five children and they’re very happy. But Leisha recently received this letter in the mail:

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