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Oaks Is Not Nuts 

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You’re going to have to include me in that elite group with Elder Dallin H. Oaks and Lynn D. Wardle [“Oaks’ Acorn,” Private Eye, Oct. 22, City Weekly]. Elder Oaks’ address to the students at BYU-Idaho was spot on in his defense of marriage between a man and a woman and the threat we face today against the free exercise of religion.

Concerning Elder Bruce R. McConkie’s statements he made more than 40 years ago, you have to realize that he was merely stating his opinions/beliefs about blacks not receiving the priesthood in this lifetime. He mentions this in great detail in his book Mormon Doctrine. If he had clearly and unmistakably declared, “Thus saith the Lord,” then he would have been speaking in behalf of the Mormon church and on behalf of God ... but he wasn’t ... he was speaking for himself.

One more thing: I guarantee you that there will never be a revelation in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints “allowing for gay equality in the faith, opening the doors for some of those buffed-up, gay cowboys to step up and kick some straight butt for the Team Down South,” as you put it.

Homosexuals are the ones trying their damnedest to shove their sexual orientation down everybody else’s throats and force them to accept that what they do is normal and legal. They don’t have a constitutional right to do that. Marriage was never intended for two confused people of the same gender.

Furthermore, I don’t really understand the hullabaloo against Elder Oaks’ address to the students at BYU-Idaho. All he said was, “It’s important to note that while this aggressive intimidation in connection with the Proposition 8 election was primarily directed at religious persons and symbols, it was not antireligious as such. These incidents were expressions of outrage against those who disagreed with the gay-rights position and had prevailed in a public contest. As such, these incidents of violence and intimidation are not so much anti-religious as anti-democratic. In their effect, they are like the well-known and widely condemned voter-intimidation of blacks in the South that produced corrective federal civil-rights legislation.”

All he was doing was comparing the incidents of violence and intimidation against the proponents of Proposition 8 to the voter-intimidation procedures against blacks in the South. And remember ... in addition to the violence against persons and destructive actions on many meetinghouses and temples, businesses were boycotted and people lost their jobs because they donated money to Proposition 8.

Unbelievable ... that’s downright inexcusable.

Ken Thomas
West Jordan

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