Wednesday, May 13, 2015

News from the gay married Mormon guy

Here is a headline for you:

“Mormon Tabernacle Choir, LDS Church and Governor Herbert Support WCF’s Hate-a-Palooza”  

What a great headline!  Got me to click onto their sight in a hurry. Salacious headline writing is a talent.

The Deseret News, on the other hand, writes:

“The World Congress of Families will be held in Salt Lake City Oct. 27-30, marking the first time that the international family-focused gathering has taken place in the United States.

Organizers expect around 2,000 scholars, religious leaders, policymakers, world leaders, European royalty and interested members of the public from around the world to gather for the event, which is being heralded as a way to celebrate and strengthen the "natural family."

"Natural family" means children growing up with their biological, married parents, according to Allan C. Carlson, co-founder and international secretary of the World Congress of Families. He said the congress arose from research that showed children do best when they grow up in such families, and that it became, for him, "a moral imperative to advance and promote such households."

Cities from around the world bid for the event, which has previously been held in Prague, Mexico City, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Madrid and Sydney." 

That is a brief description the red side that has me turning a little red myself. However, there is more -- which I generally do not expect from the DN:

On Tuesday, Ralph Becker, Mayor of Salt Lake City, goes and releases a statement saying that while he protects the rights of others to free speech, he believes the World Congress of Families' stated goals "do not reflect the values of the city". 

Good for him, I say -- suddenly not looking all that impartial.

The World Congress of Families claims to be an organization founded on principles taken directly from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948.  It is a good read, so click on their link. It includes the thought that that adult men and women have the "right to marry and found a family," that parents have rights to choose their children's education, and that "the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the state".  

I don't think they are making the distinction between  a same sex marriage and an opposite sex marriage, but that all,  both men and women, have the right to marry.

Here is news from the blog of the HRC:

“Today Human Rights Campaign strongly condemned the decision by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Utah Governor Gary Herbert, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for their support and possible participation in the upcoming World Congress of Families (WCF) conference in Salt Lake City later this year.

Conference Executive Directer Janice Shaw Crouse announced that the LDS Church will have an official representative attend their three-day gathering this October, and that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform for the conference attendees. Crouse was joined by Pamela Atkinson, an adviser to Utah Governor Gary Herbert, who attended and spoke positively about the group on his behalf.

Deseret News: The gathering is "child-centric and human-rights based” and incorporates ideals of “inclusion, acceptance and equality for all." …The newly formed All Families Coalition intends to counter the group with a message of its own, saying that just because an organization calls itself pro-family doesn't make it so.

HRC Blog: The World Congress of Families is one of the most dangerous groups in America, dedicated to promoting and coordinating the exportation of anti-LGBT bigotry, ideology, and legislation abroad. HRC’s scathing report on the group, Exposed: The World Congress of Families, makes clear that the organization is laser-focused on promoting policies and legislation that puts LGBT people and their families at incredible risk.

Fox News (Fair and Balanced?) While national LGBT rights organizations have blasted the World Congress of Families, Utah-based gay rights groups said they were planning to ignore the October event.

“There is nothing to be gained by protests and angry marches,” said Mark Lawrence, the director of the group Restore Our Humanity. “That gets us nowhere. We’re far more focused on just getting our message out.”

"Restore Our Humanity (which backed the lawsuit that led to same-sex marriage in Utah) joined Equality Utah and other groups to announce the “All Families Coalition,” which hold a counter-event to spotlight those who don’t fall under a “traditional” definition of family — including single parents and same-sex families."

So, there is the news.  I for one am hoping that there is a Mormon with clout that gets invited as the key-note speaker and comes out for supporting families and children of all kinds.  There is not even a change of doctrine involved in promoting loving our neighbors.

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