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Fri Nov 6, 2015, 12:44 PM

Mormon Church makes same-sex couples apostates, excludes children from blessings and baptism

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a new policy in its handbook stating that children living in a same-sex household may not be blessed as babies or baptized until they are 18.

The policy change, which also states that those in a same-sex marriage are to be considered apostates, was confirmed Thursday by church spokesman Eric Hawkins.

“Church handbooks are policy and procedural guides for lay leaders who must administer the church in many varied circumstances throughout the world,” Hawkins said in a statement. “The church has long been on record as opposing same-sex marriages. While it respects the law of the land, and acknowledges the right of others to think and act differently, it does not perform or accept same-sex marriage within its membership.”

The LDS Church, popularly known as the Mormon Church, teaches that marriage is an institution created by God for one man and one woman. Before Thursday’s change, the church’s policy was that same-sex marriage may require discipline. Now that same-sex marriage is legal throughout the country, the church decided to identify those in a same-sex marriage as apostates, or people who renounce their faith.

Mormon children are normally blessed as infants and entered into the LDS Church records. Most Mormon children are baptized around age 8, an act that Mormons believe is a covenant with God and essential to salvation.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/11/05/mormon-church-to-exclude-children-of-same-sex-couples-from-getting-blessed-and-baptized-until-they-are-18/?tid=sm_fb


Great job, LDS! You've just created a whole generation of anti-religious kids. This is wonderful news!

If only the RCC had the cajones to just come out and say it too...

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Reply Mormon Church makes same-sex couples apostates, excludes children from blessings and baptism (Original post)
cleanhippie Nov 2015 OP
RKP5637 Nov 2015 #1
skepticscott Nov 2015 #5
Wellstone ruled Nov 2015 #2
Goblinmonger Nov 2015 #3
cleanhippie Nov 2015 #4
trotsky Nov 2015 #6
msongs Nov 2015 #7

Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Fri Nov 6, 2015, 12:52 PM

1. And religious outfits often wonder why many want nothing to do with them. Many are hate groups

in one way or another. Their core philosophy often is separatism, division and bigotry. Anyone tells me they've got religion and I put them on my potentially wacky list.

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 6, 2015, 02:09 PM

5. And DUers who defend these attitudes and practices

 

wonder why they're regarded as bigots.

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Fri Nov 6, 2015, 12:59 PM

2. And the Mormons wonder were all the

real people fled to. So much for those family values eh? They are still in the mid 1800's and their Cult is what it is.

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Fri Nov 6, 2015, 01:22 PM

3. At least they aren't doing the "hate the sin; love the sinner" bullshit.

 

The RCC has too good of a PR team to every make their views this clear.

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Response to Goblinmonger (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 6, 2015, 01:25 PM

4. It's an unfortunately effective way to dance around the issue

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Response to Goblinmonger (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 6, 2015, 02:27 PM

6. Yes, in a way it's refreshing to see them be upfront about their bigotry.

Instead of hiding it behind a crafted PR campaign.

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Fri Nov 6, 2015, 02:30 PM

7. great day for not--eligble-to-be-mormon kids! free at last, free at last... nt

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