This week on Utah NOW, a conversation with Peter Danzig, the organizer of an effort to get the LDS Church to reconsider its relationship with the gay community. Danzig's story is a personal journey of conscience. He'll talk about it and about the effect of Mormon policies on gay people in and out of the church.
This program was record on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009 right before The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially announced their support of a Salt Lake City ordinance providing housing and employment protection for the gays and lesbians.
To learn more about the LDS Church's stance on marriage, click here to read the August 2008 statement titled "The Divine Institution of Marriage."
To learn more about The Foundation for Reconciliation visit www.ldsapology.com
As always, this was very thought provoking and personal. Thank you so much for your program, guests and questions.
Posted by Blessing Z, Friday November 13th, 2009 @ 9:05 pm
Peter Danzig's story was truly compelling. A man with intellectual integrity and precise eloquence; A thoughtful, honest, driven activist who is not afraid but rather compelled to seek change when he observes unethical, dishonest or unkind behavior. All of this courageously combined with sensitivity,love and respect for family, friends, and the "powers that be". It couldnt have been a more difficult journey but I am filled with admiration for your taking and sharing it. Thank you Mr Danzig and KUED. Doug Fabrizios interviewing technique was at its best... riveting and right to the point. I agree with Mr. Danzig's belief that "fear" is a huge factor in this issue. So lets get on with it and replace fear with eduction and compassion. As a Nurse Practitioner I have many patients. as well as friends and family who have been inexorably damaged, confused, confounded and driven to distraction by the LDS church's condemnation of their lifestyle. Actions taken by church authorities against my Uncle, a former Doctorate Professor of Business at BYU, were eggregious, secretive, humiliating, dishonest, ruinous and forever life altering.
The 13th article of faith was always my favorite, even though the hardest to memorize, "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent and in doing good to all men;...... We believe all things, we hope all things; we have endured many things and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, of good report or praiseworthy we seek after these things". How can the place I used to love have come so far away that I no longer recognize it or choose believe in it.
Posted by nancy dain, Saturday November 14th, 2009 @ 5:23 pm
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