If you happen to live outside of Deseret and the colonies, a certain degree of social isolation is unavoidable for Mormons. Our Mormon experience sets us apart from our peers and our families. Mormons all over the world are members of a tiny minority that has to rely on the self-constraint of the majority to practice our religion.
Deseret Mormons do not appreciate that enough. To many of them, the ACLU is an anti-Mormon, liberal, and elitist organization. Federal courts consist of activist judges who are forcing us to treat our Jewish school mates and students with respect. To Mormon families in Texas, federal courts and the ACLU are the last resort to protect themselves against the religious imposition of the Christian right.
It is unfortunate, that our organization has once more become the driving force behind denying human rights to another vulnerable minority. As a teenager in 1978, I was hoping that those days were over.
Minority Mormons are paying the price for that behavior every day. Taking the rights of others undermines our efforts to defend our own rights.
Thanks to our anti-gay agenda, our neighbors will regard us with trepidation and suspicion for decades to come. Thank heavens, there are a few Mormons who are willing to recover our community’s honor by speaking out.
They are the salt of the earth and Mormons everywhere in the world are in their debt.