‘We Do Not Discriminate and We Are Not Bigots,’ Member of Mormon Church’s Quorum of Twelve Apostles Says
David A. Bednar says there are no gay people in the Mormon Church because, essentially, there are no gay people. The youngest Elder to be named to the leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Bednar is a member of theÂ Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.Â
Speaking in Chile last week, Bednar was asked,Â â€œHow can homosexual members of the church live and remain steadfast in the gospel?â€
Bednar, a former president of Brigham Young Universityâ€“Idaho, replied, â€œI want to change the question,â€ as Raw Story’s David EdwardsÂ firstÂ reported.
He then explained his theory, one held by the Church and many other anti-gay groups, that no one is actually born homosexual (or bisexual, for that matter) but rather, God gives people challenges they are to overcome, homosexuality being one of them.
â€œThere are no homosexual members of the church. We are not defined by sexual attraction,â€ Bednar, who is 63, insisted. â€œWe are not defined by sexual behavior. We are sons and daughters of God. And all of us have different challenges in the flesh.â€
He also posited the theory that homosexual love is only a sin if it is expressed sexually.
â€œSimply being attracted to someone of the same gender is not a sin,â€ Bednar continued. â€œThere are many members of the church who may have some manifestation of that attraction. They honor their covenants, the keep the commandments, they are worthy, they can receive the blessings of the temple and they can serve in the church.â€
â€œIt is when we act on the inclination or the attraction, thatâ€™s when it becomes a sin,â€ the elder continued. â€œWe do not discriminate and we are not bigots. We extend Christ-like love to all sons and daughters of God.â€
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Bednar’s stunning comments come just a few short months after theÂ Quorum of the Twelve Apostles announced that Mormons who are in same-sex relationships, even legally marriages, are to be considered “apostates,” subject to ex-communication, and their children cannot be baptized, or become members of the LDS church until they turn 18 and denounce their parents.
As a result, the suicide rate according to at least one Mormon group, has skyrocketed among Mormons aged 14-20. Last monthÂ Mama DragonsÂ said there had been 32 suicides of young LGBT MormonsÂ as a result of the Church decree.
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Bolton Blasted Trump’s Ukraine Extortion: ‘I Am Not Part of Whatever Drug Deal Rudy and Mulvaney Are Cooking Up’
Three months ago then-National Security Advisor John Bolton warned administration insiders he would have no part of President Donald Trump’s off-the-books shadow government Ukraine extortion scandal. Bolton also apparently implicated both the president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and the president’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvany.
“I am not part of whatever drug deal Rudy and Mulvaney are cooking up,” Bolton told senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs Fiona Hill to tell White House lawyers, The New York Times reports in a bombshell article late Monday night.
Bolton, who resigned from the Trump administration hours before President Trump tweeted he had fired him, instructed Hill “to notify the chief lawyer for the National Security Council that Mr. Giuliani was working with Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, on a rogue operation with legal implications,” Hill told House of Representatives investigators on Monday.
Not one to shy away from confrontation himself, Bolton also called Giuliani, who is now reportedly under criminal investigation, “a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up.”
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Giuliani Demands Investigation of Ambassador Yovanovitch — but Can’t Even Spell Her Name
Rudy Giuliani on Monday demanded an investigation into former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch — who had spent the day testifying before Congress.
Giuliani made the statement while retweeting a conspiracy theory by Tom Fitton of the far-right group Judicial Watch:
“No wonder [Trump] and President Zelensky of Ukraine agreed Ambassador Yonacovitch (sic) was a real problem,” Giuliani said, while misspelling Yovanovitch’s name.
“I wonder if Shiftless asked her about this? Will there be an investigation or is she another ‘Protected Person’ like Biden & Hillary,” Giuliani tweeted.
Despite being implicated in the scandal, Giuliani has continued to speak out in attempts to defend the work he did with Trump to solicit foreign election assistance.
No wonder both @realDonaldTrump and President Zelensky of Ukraine agreed Ambassador Yonacovitch was a real problem. I wonder if Shiftless asked her about this? Will there be an investigation or is she another “Protected Person” like Biden & Hillary. https://t.co/qpQDJbc29I
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) October 14, 2019
‘Complete Gibberish’ and ‘Garbled Nonsense’: Experts Weigh in on Trump Announcement of Sanctions ‘Soon’ Against Turkey
“He’s Yeltsin, without the vodka.”
Experts are weighing in after President Donald Trump finally admitted action must be taken against Turkey’s ethnic cleansing of the Kurds, a move wholly enabled when President Trump pulled out U.S. forces from the region last week. There has been bipartisan and worldwide condemnation of Trump’s actions, which immediately led to the death of at least dozens of now-former U.S. allies.
In a statement posted to Twitter Monday afternoon, Trump threatened sanctions and the raising of tariffs on Turkey, “soon.”
“I will soon be issuing an Executive Order authorizing the imposition of sanctions against current and former officials of the Government of Turkey and any persons contributing to Turkey’s destabilizing actions in northeast Syria,” Trump’s statement reads. “Likewise, the steel tariffs will be increased back up to 50 percent, the level prior to reduction in May. The United States will also immediately stop negotiations, being led by the Department of Commerce, with respect to a $100 billion trade deal with Turkey.”
Experts are weighing in, with some calling Trump’s threats too little, too late – especially given that Trump wholly and single-handedly created the disaster now confronting the world.
One, a researcher at the democracy and freedom watchdog Freedom House, called the president’s remarks “complete gibberish.”
Complete gibberish https://t.co/yYMJpNEIc9
— Nate Schenkkan (@nateschenkkan) October 14, 2019
Another, a senior editor at The Diplomat, an international affairs magazine called Trump’s statement “garbled nonsense.”
This is … garbled nonsense.
— Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) October 14, 2019
He also endorsed this observation:
The Twitter Starfish is right. https://t.co/hsf3PCpkI0
— Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) October 14, 2019
Bloomberg News reporter notes there are not actually any sanctions yet, just a second round of threats:
It appears we have a second EO threatening sanctions on Turkey, with no actual sanctions yet
Unclear what new authorities this gives to Treasury, State that they don’t already have
Steel tariffs on Turkey go back up to 50% https://t.co/m5hGPfcpxc
— Saleha Mohsin (@SalehaMohsin) October 14, 2019
Former Strategic Planner and Public Affairs official in the Office of the Secretary of Defense:
At this point putting sanctions on Turkey is tantamount to triaging a self-inflicted decapitation with Scotch Tape
— Blickstein's Monster (@AdamBlickstein) October 14, 2019
Crooked Media’s head writer:
it’s like punching a wall, then putting a poster over the hole, then putting out a press release that says “glad I fixed that hole in the wall!” https://t.co/qEe244ryun
— Travis Helwig (@travishelwig) October 14, 2019
Trump is going to sanction himself? https://t.co/ZsgkvsehTB
— Rick Tyler (@rickwtyler) October 14, 2019
A Russian journalist just sent this tweet, with the following message: “Oh, look, Trump says he’s going to sanction Turkey for what he basically gave them permission to do last week. At this point, he’s Yeltsin, without the vodka.” https://t.co/vL7suFfKTt
— Bryan MacDonald (@27khv) October 14, 2019
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