heres a lot of discussion about a talk that LDS authority Dallin Oaks made a bit ago. Our editorial is HERE (CLICK) A political cartoon by Bagley at the SLTribune (go find it yourself, but it’s worth the hunt) is going viral.
In addition to wondering why members of a church that suffered incredibly unfair discrimination at the hands of Bible thumpers would turn around and sanction, in any way shape or form, discrimination against anyone else is beyond me. I was particuly puzzled, also, by Oaks statements about atheism, saying it is hostile to religion.
I’m not sure why atheism is a threat to religion for the same reason that gays marriage is supposed to be a threat to marriage. In neither case is anyone stopped from believing, or marrying, who they choose.
I’m not an atheist, but I have no problem with anyone being one. Fair is as fair does. The fear tossed around in the argument is that athiests somehow lack the moral compass that religion imparts to its believers, and so atheists might feel freer to commit sin, or crime, or whatever, because they’re godless.
The number of Catholic priests and LDS Bishops who’ve had problems with sexual improprieties over the years puts the lie to this assumption. Morality comes from within, not from a Bible. If you need the fear of God to keep you from sinning you have much deeper problems than going to church can solve.
I’ve always Jesus’ advice applied in these cases: Do to others as you want them to do to you. You want me to respect your beliefs, you respect mine, and that includes not trying to legislate me into following yours. That goes for gay marriage, atheism, or anything else.