Recently, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, otherwise known as the Mormon Church, enacted a policy that would target not just gay couples, but their children as well.
The Mormon Church has had a long vendetta against homosexual relationships and marriage. Proposition 8 came to a vote in California in 2008 to determine whether gay marriage would be outlawed in the state. During this time, the Mormon Church raised $14 million in support of this proposition. They not only wanted to get rid of gay marriage in their ranks, but wanted an entire state to take others’ rights away.
Now the church has gone even further by targeting the children of homosexual unions. The Mormon Church has announced that it will declare a new policy barring gay couple’s children from being baptized, confirmed, ordained to the church priesthood or recommended for missionary service.
With all these limitations, children of gay couples are simply not allowed to be part of their faith except as an outsider or observer, while simply the act of baptism is essential to salvation in the tradition of Mormonism. Excluding someone from this denies them the salvation promised by their religion.
This restriction lasts until the age of 18, which is quite a long time to wait to be fully allowed to be included in one’s own faith. Not only must these children, who have not done anything different than children of heterosexual couples, wait 18 years to be involved in their church, but they must also disavow their own parents.
Aside from the sheer unfairness of this policy towards children of the faith, the Mormon Church is also alienating their population. An outcry came almost as fast as the policy was announced, causing at least 1,500 Mormons to quit the Mormon Church.
These Mormons against the policy came together to formally resign from the Mormon faith, gathering outside and around the temple to deposit their resignations in the mailbox or other nearby locations. This is just one branch of the Mormon faith, and with this new ruling taking effect throughout all the churches around the world, the Mormon Church will be subjected to a large exodus from its ranks.
The reaction is well-warranted, and serves as a natural reaction to such a ludicrous decision that attacks innocent members of a faith, which should be seen as the Mormons’ own people. The Mormon Church has decided to cling to outdated and wrong ideals in an attempt to stamp out residual homosexuality from its ranks.
Church officials have and will continue to face resistance to this policy because of its alienation of children who should not be punished for something as capricious as having gay parents. People—even more so children—that want to be part of a religion should not be excluded for something they cannot control, such as who their parents are. That is simply just cruel.