I am not elated that the Mormon Church seems to be spiraling downward recently, but someone needs to get their act together both at their churches and their schools / universities.
Here an article from The Daily Beast informs us of another example of how the church is quickly pushing itself away from sanity.
You’d be hard pressed to find a venture drenched in more snake oil than conversion therapy. Attempts to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity are opposed by virtually every leading medical association and are illegal in four states.
So why was a congregation at a Mormon-owned university planning an event promising that “people can and do overcome same-gender attraction” and encouraging attendees to “bring [their] friends” along?
On Sunday night, a flyer surfaced on Reddit for an event planned for Nov. 22 at Brigham Young University-Idaho (BYU-I), which is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). The original poster noted that his friend had received the flyer in a sacrament meeting program, a leaflet distributed to Mormon congregants before weekly worship services.
“Confused about the confusion about same-gender attraction?” the header said. Same-gender attraction is a popular Mormon euphemism for homosexuality.
“People can and do overcome same-gender attraction and enjoy rich, full lives with marriage partners of the opposite-sex without regrets,” the flyer went on to promise.
The advertised event was supposed to be “an evening of discussion with a professional counselor who has helped many overcome same-gender attraction.”
Michael D. Williams, the Rexburg, Idaho-based counselor in question, told The Daily Beast “that I do not act on behalf of the [LDS Church], but as a member of the congregation who has taken a good look at much of the research regarding same-sex attraction [SSA], and who has assisted a number of young adults—male and female—to overcome unwanted SSA both here and in California.”
Williams did not immediately respond to further questions about the event, nor did he provide evidence of the supposed efficacy of his treatments. But a few hours later, he emailed to say, “Due to negative publicity the presentation has been called off.”
“I regret that the fears of some who’ve experienced repression and bigotry have resulted in others not being allowed to learn alternative viewpoints and options,” he said.
No media outlets had reported on the event at the time of cancelation but The Daily Beast had made press inquiries to BYU-I and the Mormon Church. A BYU-I spokesperson later told The Daily Beast that the event was planned and subsequently canceled by a local student congregation, not the university itself.
BYU-Idaho provided the following statement to The Daily Beast: “While this event was originally planned to use a campus classroom, it was not initiated by BYU-Idaho. For the Church’s position regarding this subject, visit thedailybeast.com.” –
It kind of makes you wonder what they are actually teaching these kids. Apparently, this was not a school sponsored event, but it was to occur on school grounds. It was supposedly only canceled after it received some bad press? How about checking what the students want to have the hall for in the first place?
We're happy the event was canceled, but who's to say it won't be on for next week. It's time President Obama to ban conversion therapy nationwide.
To learn more about this canceled event and William's views, head on over to thedailybeast.com.
Here is the flier that was circulated.