Ever since Proposition 8, Salt Lake City has become the epicenter for homosexual showdowns.
It’s what you would expect, gay pride parades lampooning floats down Temple Square and others dressing as Joseph Smith in drag. Basically, it’s just annoying and doesn’t help the cause.
Until recently when a gay couple became the inspiration to an organized “kiss-in” on Mormon HQ property in downtown Salt Lake City. What transpired has become a citywide issue the LDS Church can’t even spin control their way and remove themselves.
More information taken from the Deseret News says:
The rally stems from a Thursday incident in which Derek Jones and his partner Matthew Aune were forced to leave the Main Street pedestrian walkway between North Temple and South Temple for what church officials labeled “inappropriate behavior.”
So, we have two guys who wanted to make a statement more than a PDA (public display of affection). Personally, they could have done that without the kiss in front of Temple Square. You catch that dude’s hair? Woof! Fashion po-lice. Pull over!
Anywhoo, the two were cited by the LDS goon squad, detained for Salt Lake police and taken to jail. For kissing? Um, while I may not concur with the whole kissy-kissy thing among same-sex couple under the guise of ecumenical equality, being arrested for it is another thing all together.
Getting pummeled in the local media, Temple Square PR came to the rescue (ish), thanks to KUTV:
“There has been a good deal of publicity surrounding an incident where two men were cited for trespassing because of belligerent and profane behavior on the Church Plaza, which is an extension of the Salt Lake City Temple grounds and Church headquarters. While this property is owned by the Church, we want it to be a place of beauty and serenity in downtown Salt Lake City for everyone.
As we said earlier on this matter, these men were asked to stop engaging in behavior deemed inappropriate for any couple on the Plaza. There was much more involved than a simple kiss on the cheek. They engaged in passionate kissing, groping, profane and lewd language, and had obviously been using alcohol.“
Sure, there’s more but what difference does it make? It was this couple’s word against an organization that owns half the city. Whose report do you believe?
Understand, these were two were kissing in the middle of a pedistrian walkway – otherwise known as a street. So, why were they arrested there? The LDS church was sold that part of the street by the City of Salt Lake.
Why? I guess jaywalking offenses really rack up some fees for temple adornments or more holy underwear.
At any rate, we have a couple who were kissing, yet, from security cameras in the hallowed halls of the Temple, someone could tell “they had obviously been using alcohol.” Thus, this becomes a story of public intoxication instead of religious oppression.
Stay classy, LDS.
It’s not these two were crushing velvet boas, nipple tassles and doing each other’s hair (at least, that is obvious). No, they were expressing themselves the only way they know how to do it. And, instead of a church official coming out to talk, witness and show them love… you anonymously send a thug and get them arrested.
You are a letter from Christ…written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the Living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts. (2 Corinthians 3:3)
If you want these demonstrations to stop, why don’t you use right outside Temple Square as a mission field… you know, instead of sending your boys to knock on my door at all hours of the afternoon!
That’s where the love of God could be demonstrated. That’s where another letter for Jesus could be written. That’s where the Holy Spirit would be permitted to move upon the hearts of those follically challenged boys.
If there was any inkling of grace and mercy in those gold-encrusted hallways of yours, why not pry yourself off the throne and talk a walk on your own street. You would be amazed what kind of demonstration would happen then.