Sunday, March 20, 2011

Plural Marriage, Racism, Homophobia, and Armageddon for "Big Love"

     Tonight is the series finale of HBO's polygamist-family drama Big Love.

     Here's a clip in honor of Bill Henrickson and his "true" Mormons:


     Because the other "true" Church of Latter Day Saints knows about the sanctity of marriage:


      Some LDS claim plural marriage is an immutable pillar of their faith.  Others have spent millions of dollars on smear campaigns against same-sex couples in an attempt to prove the Mormon church believes marriage is, has been, and always will be, as their God commanded, between one man and one woman.  But they are hypocrites.  LDS teachings are mutable.   

     Or do they still believe the once-immutable teaching that African-Americans and other persons of color are the cursed descendants of Cain?  Polygamist Brigham Young did. Here's a Young quote from a Utah State University Secular Humanists, Atheists, and Free Thinkers article, entitled, "Why I Don’t Believe: Racism in Mormon History and Doctrine:"
     Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so. (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Volume 10, page 110)
     Tonight, as I say goodbye to the Henricksons, I can only hope that someday the Mormon church will say goodbye to its homophobia as it did to its racism.
Image via Entertainment Weekly

     PS.  If gays were as dominant in football as African-Americans, would the LDS drop its teachings condemning homosexuals to improve BYU's chances of winning a national championship?

4 comments:

Heretic Tom said...

The "Big Love" series finale was quite possibly the worst series finale ever. Awful. Any thoughts?

Buffy said...

As long as the Morg can make money and wield power by being anti-gay they will do so, just as they held on to their official racism until they were literally forced to let it go. They won't say goodbye to homophobia until it becomes so socially unacceptable and financially untenable that they *must* do so. At that point one of their Profits...er, Prophets, will have a "divine revelation" that Teh Gays are no longer abominations. From there on out the Morg Collective will deny they were ever anti-gay, and anyone who dares claim otherwise will be branded as "anti-Mormon".

Joe said...

Although I would hope that support of Prop 8 from official Catholic Church organizations & Catholic-related orgs (e.g., Knights of Columbus) pales in comparison to the Mormons, do you know if such support from Catholics has been quantified or where such info can be found? The Mormons shouldn't be the sole group to bear the brunt of criticism, even if they deserve most of it.

Heretic Tom said...

@Joe. The donations are public record. You can google "Knights of Columbus propsition 8 donation" or "catholic church donations proposition 8" and you'll have plenty of sites come up.

Here's one search engine:
http://www.sfgate.com/webdb/prop8/
The difficulty you'll have locating the Catholic Church donations in this search is that they will be listed under different dioceses, committee names, etc.

Here's a site that tracks Mormon donations: http://mormonsfor8.com/
& http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pe2023SzWXxE8wYX5qWeoIw