Protesting a cruel new policy towards the children of gays and lesbians, thousands of Mormons resign from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
A controversial new policy that stigmatizes and demeans not only gays and lesbians but the children of gays and lesbians by labeling same-sex couples as apostates and prohibiting children of same-sex relationships from being baptized has motivated thousands to leave the Mormon Church this weekend in a historic mass resignation.
According to reports, over 2,500 people crowded into a Salt lake City park to take part in the mass resignation, with over 1,500 letters of resignation filed in person, and another 2,000 filed through mail.
In addition, thousands of more letters of resignation are expected from good people across the country who can no longer tolerate or support the anti-gay bigotry of the Mormon Church.
Last week secret revisions to the handbook for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was leaked to the public, sparking a furious backlash and ultimately resulting in the mass resignations.
The revisions called for those in gay unions to be treated as apostates and banned baptisms and other ceremonies for the children of gays and lesbians until they are 18 years old.
In addition, the new policy states that if the children of couples in same-sex marriages want to become full-fledged members of the faith, they have to disavow their parents’ relationship and move out of the home.
Particularly odious is the demand that children of gays and lesbians must disavow their parents relationship before being allowed into the church. Such a demand is truly despicable.
Historically, the Mormon church has always been a bigoted, narrow minded, and morally corrupt institution. Indeed, up until 1978, the church taught that black people were spiritually and morally inferior beings, and barred men of African descent from the clergy.
Bottom line: This is good news. We should all celebrate when good people find the strength to abandon institutions that support and promote bigotry and hatred in the name of religious superstition.
(Portions of this article were previously published here.)