Right and Wrong are at the forefront of the everyday practice of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Entrance into heaven is at stake. In this episode, Scott covers the morality of discriminatory policies and doctrines. Leaning on Immanuel Kant from A Critique of Practical Reason, he discusses the implications of a moral code that allows discrimination. This concept applies to many of the discriminatory practices of the church over its two hundred year history.
Kant, Immanuel, and Lewis W. Beck. Critique of Practical Reason. New York: Liberal Arts Press, 1956.
“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is not democracy.” Fragment on Slavery
by Abraham Lincoln, August 1, 1858. Cool side note, this date is pure conjecture and the fragment of this speech has a story of its own.
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Someone once asked me years ago, Do you want to be on the wrong side of history on the LGBT issue back in 2010. I remember thinking I want to be on God’s side of history when he said that.
It wasn’t until I underwent my faith transition in 2015 that I changed my mind on the LGBT position. Then I remembered, that unknowingly I was on the wrong side of history up until 2015.
I don’t feel proud about changing my mind, I feel let down by the Church that it misled me into thinking it was true and that it was on the right side of history. Part of me still wishes the church was true, but I’m happy to be more loving and accepting to the entire LGBT community even though I still struggle sometimes to fully embrace their lifestyle preferences. Sorry, still residual baggage, but for the most part it doesn’t matter to me anymore…
Love and let love.
I might do an episode as a response to this. It has me thinking about who is at fault for some of the ideas we hold.