- SCOTUS ruling on LGBT marriage.
- We descended slowly into
- BKP did not live forever like I thought that bastard would and kicked the bucket two days ago.
LGBT marriage to me is not simply about marriage. It is about being protected. It is about legitimacy. I am starting to get emotional just thinking about it right now in the early morning hours but I honestly didn't think it would happen so fast. I had this fear that courts would come back with some sort of ruling that would prolong or even potentially set back marriage in the United States.
Jindal made Louisiana look stupid again though. Actually, at this point I think that Jindal has become so notorious that people don't necessarily think Louisiana is stupid when Jindal does stupid things. Louisiana was last to get the marriage party going. I hate that though I moved away I will still hear about this pitiful man since he makes the national news regularly with his circus show.
I LOVE Phoenix so far. LOVE.
Other pitiful men... BKP died! I secretly thought through sheer will he would outlive Monson. I secretly thought he would ascend the throne to the seat of the Prophet. It certainly would not have been good for the church.
I watched a strange thread unfold on a Facebook ex-Mormon group where some woman got on there and berated people for "celebrating" the death of BKP. She said something to the effect that as an atheist all life was precious... My troll-o-meter started going off. Saying all life is precious starts to sound a little bit too much like religious ideas that everyone is "born with the light of Christ", or everyone is born good, or everyone can change.
I think there are big fat assholes in the world that the world is better off without. Thinking that the world is better off without BKP vilifying anyone who ever had a stray sexual thought or *gasp* masturbated, or is gay does not mean I am "celebrating". Though I never met the man I view him as an abuser who used his power to control, demean, and ultimately harm others. He did not teach love.
I have been personally harmed by his words. They induced enough self-loathing and shame to really hurt me.
I try to imagine what growing up in the church would have been like sans BKP's teachings alone. It would have been a much kinder, gentler, and truly more Christlike church... Am I going to far in saying that there would have been less apostasy? (There was still Kimball and his masterwork of self-loathing inducing literature, The Miracle of Forgiveness...)
Maybe I am looking at this all wrong. I should mourn the death of that dickhead because he was such a source of dissonance and pain that he drove people out of the church. Had he taken the reins I think inactivity would have gone up even more... Which apostle will step up now and fill the asshole shoes.
I am really past wishing for the demise of the church and was ALMOST indifferent enough to not even blog about it. But I woke up early, and had some time...
Celebrate his death? No. I don't. But I do feel like there is one less sadistic cult leader out there now. One less closeted gay that has spread his own self-loathing to others too. Maybe there will be less sources of pain for LGBT members and youth now.