Leaders of the Mormon Church, several years after declaring its followers who enter into a marriage to a person of the same sex are heretics subject to excommunication, and their children would be banned from being baptized, has now effectively announced that God has changed his mind.
Calling it a “stunning announcement,” The Salt Lake Tribune reports “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a reversal of its controversial November 2015 policy, which deemed same-sex couples ‘apostates’ and generally prevented their children from joining the faith.”
Thursday’s announcement does not make same-sex relationships any more acceptable to the Church, but reduces the degree to which they are condemned.
That 2015 announcement, which came just a few months after the U.S. Supreme Court declared same-sex couples have the right to marry, is believed by many of the Mormon faith to have led to a tremendous surge in teen suicides, and hundreds if not thousands upon thousands reportedly leaving the Church.
But now, Church leaders are effectively saying that God has changed his mind.
“Church President Russell M. Nelson, who in January 2016 called the now-defunct LGBTQ policy a revation [sic] from God to his immediate predecessor, church President Thomas S. Monson, noted in the release that the Lord leads the church ‘revelation upon revelation.'”
By definition, a revelation is “the divine or supernatural disclosure to humans of something relating to human existence,” or “a surprising and previously unknown fact.”
Church leaders did not explain why in November of 2015 God decided same-sex couples were heretics and their children were to be effectively banned from the most important of church activities, but now they are not.
Another top LDS Church leader cited “changing circumstances” for the announcement from God.
“One reason is that we need the Lord’s direction to meet changing circumstances,” Henry Eyring said, “and he has guided changes in practice and policy throughout the history of the church.”
The Mormon Church had literally forced children of same-sex parents to choose between their faith and their families.
Dershowitz is running a ‘bizarro defense’ of Trump: Harvard Law colleague says ‘Alan is just completely wacko’
Two of the most famous names associated with Harvard Law School had competing appearances on MSNBC on Friday.
It began when Alan Dershowitz, a professor emeritus, was interviewed MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber about his new role officially representing President Donald Trump during the Senate impeachment trial.
Dershowitz claimed that neither abuse of power nor obstruction of Congress count as "high crimes" under the constitution.
Professor Alan Dershowitz, who has also been associated with Harvard Law for five decades, was asked about Dershowitz's argument during an interview with Chris Hayes.
Why was Lev Parnas wearing a ‘Presidential Service Badge’ awarded to troops who serve in the White House?
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The photo shows Igor Fruman -- who, like Parnas, is under federal indictment -- sitting closely next to Rudy Giuliani and Parnas.
Haber said a source informed her that in the picture, Parnas can be seen wearing a "Presidential Service Badge," linking to the Wikipedia entry on the pin.
"The Presidential Service Badge (PSB) is an identification badge of the United States Armed Forces which is awarded to members of the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard as well as other members of the Uniformed Services, such as the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, who serve as full-time military staff to the President of the United States," Wikipedia explained.
Trump’s big-money Florida fundraiser expected to bring in $10 million — from only 100 people
President Donald Trump flew to Mar-a-Lago on Friday after receiving a formal summons from the U.S. Senate informing him of his impeachment trial.
The president will be attending a Friday evening campaign fundraiser.
The recipient of the money is Trump Victory, which is a joint fundraising committee set up by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and the Republican National Committee.
“Tonight’s Trump Victory fundraiser is expected to raise $10 million with approximately 100 people in attendance," the campaign told the White House pool reporter.