The Mormon Church Can’t Simultaneously Tell Leaders to Both Oppose Gay Marriage and Respect Gay People

On Friday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a formal declaration of how Mormons should respond to the recent court decision to allow gay marriage in the state and the Supreme Court’s decision to halt those marriages temporarily until further legal action.

The gist of it was that gay marriage is awful, awful, awful, and church leaders should not perform same-sex ceremonies, and church buildings shouldn’t be used for any activities related to gay weddings, and the church has to remain moral in the face of rampant immorality, and good Mormons should oppose gay marriage… but gay people deserve respect.

I guess they don’t see the inherent contradiction between saying gay people deserve “respect” while simultaneously trying to deprive them of their civil rights.


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Why Are Atheists Overwhelmingly Left-Wingers? In Which I Out Myself As a Libertarian

A funny thing happened in the comments section over the weekend.

First, we had a pretty wonderful discussion about the atheist closet, and about the risks and rewards of coming out as a non-believer.

I did feel a little uneasy about something, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.

Then Hemant posted an anti-GOP cartoon. Reading the comments below that post made my vague unease snap into focus. This is what had been bothering me:

I am out as an atheist to all of my friends and relatives, and obviously also to the community that has formed around this blog — a group of mostly funny and insightful people of whom I’ve grown rather fond. But I suddenly realized that politically speaking, I’ve been tiptoeing around other people’s sensibilities in a way that’s begun to feel a little stifling.

That’s because (someone fetch the smelling salt, and cue the choir of hisses!)…  I’m a libertarian.



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Yes, Being Against Marriage Equality Means You’re Against Gays

As Utah courts and legislators go back and forth on the subject of marriage equality, a new set of players has emerged: Christians who want a pat on the back for not taking to the streets in protest of marriage equality.

Take Michael and Jenet Erickson. Last week, they wrote a column for Deseret News titled “Being For Traditional Marriage Does Not Mean Being Against Anyone.” Their thesis statement? Because Utahns didn’t start riots or pillage gay folks’ houses during the brief window when marriage equality was legal in their state, they are clearly not anti-gay. They’re just pro-”traditional” marriage.

Here’s the totally twisted, borderline-offensive analogy the authors craft to make their point:

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I Don’t Understand Why People Keep Giving It to Them

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What Happens When the Children of U.S. Presidents are Atheists?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, answers the question: What happens when the children of U.S. Presidents are atheists?

More on the Ron Reagan situation here.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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