Friday, 7 December 2012

It Gets Better - Mormon Style

The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints has launched a website to herald the arrival of their new PR campaign (and I'm not just being cynical, they talk about PR on the website).  After spending enormous sums of money helping the poor, hungry and sick trying to stop gay people getting married, and after one of their own bishops narrowly missed out on becoming the President of the United States by a mere 126 electoral votes even though he managed to get the 47% he had written off as shiftless moochers to ironically vote for him, the Mormon church realised their public image was somewhat tarnished with a grubby film of bigotry, apathy and entitlement.  So they underwent sensitivity training and launched  It's not a new musical, it's the LDS' heartfelt attempt to reach out to homosexuals within their fold and encourage them to "stay with us".

Why stay with a church that has exerted stunning quantities of time, money and energy in trying to stop gay people getting married, adopt children and live in peace like everybody else?  Because... it gets better!

We believe that with an eternal perspective, a person’s attraction to the same sex can be addressed and borne as a mortal test. It should not be viewed as a permanent condition. An eternal perspective beyond the immediacy of this life’s challenges offers hope. Though some people, including those resisting same-sex attraction, may not have the opportunity to marry a person of the opposite sex in this life, a just God will provide them with ample opportunity to do so in the next. We can all live life in the full context of who we are, which is much broader than sexual attraction. (Emphasis Added)

See?   It gets better... and by it, I mean The Gay, and by better, I mean you get cured.  After you die.

Why am I not surprised that the religious version of the “it gets better” campaign has the caveat that you have to die first?

Here's your moment of zen:

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