As the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon or LDS Church) enters the media spotlight more and more, especially surrounding the 2012 election of Mitt Romney, many questions arise concerning the rumors of polygamy. Did the Mormon church practice polygamy before, and does it practice polygamy now?
The short answer is that, yes, the Mormon church did practice polygamy until 1890. Since that time, the Mormons have not practiced polygamy. In fact, even in countries where polygamy is legal, polygamists cannot join the LDS Church. If a member of the LDS church is caught practicing polygamy, they are excommunicated (are no longer members). Continue reading
By Joseph Delli Gatti
Companies often jump on board with principles such as “equal opportunity” and environmental initiatives intended to promote a certain brand or reputation among consumers. But are businesses truly obligated to maintain these reputations behind the scenes – not just ensuring a diverse workforce and using products that are biodegradable? At the same time that many companies put energy-star compliant ratings on products, they also use pornography (sex) and appeal of law breaking (speeding, stealing, etc) to excite people to buy these products.
Kaiser Permanente has dedicated substantial advertising efforts into promoting health and well-being. Kaiser also maintains non-profit status, accepts medicare/medicaid patients, and promotes service opportunities among its employees. Continue reading
On Flickr.com, I saw a picture of a person holding up a sign that claimed that Mormons (the LDS faith) represented 2 percent of California’s population, but constituted 70 percent of donations to the Prop 8 campaign. It surprised me that 2 percent of California’s population appears to be so wealthy in proportion to the anti-Prop 8 campaigners, so I did some math.
If this claim were correct, every Mormon man, woman, and child would have to donate $41.76 each on average. Large stereotypical Mormon families with an average of five children each would be donating an average of $292.33 per family. These numbers are if every single Mormon family donated. This would constitute amazing participation – 100 percent participation! Continue reading
As a follower of Christ, and as an avid supporter of Proposition 8, I have heard some arguments from both sides that have troubled me, and that have caused me to reflect on my actions and sentiments.
A certain popular Book of Mormon scripture is quoted sometimes by members of my own faith to either justify passivity or to promote tolerance on the subject of homosexuality and homosexual “marriage”. Yet, this same scripture and the entire concept of tolerance, which tends to accompany the scripture, is used as a plea to accept homosexual “marriage” and homosexual activity as a societal norm – it just never sits right in my heart. Usually, I recognize that unsettling feeling as God telling me to look into the statement, and either find the error in my thinking or the error of the opposition’s argument. Continue reading
By Joseph Delli Gatti
According to the OS X.5 built-in dictionary, marriage is “the formal union of a man and woman, typically recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife.” Another definition to this entry is as follows: “a similar long-term relationship between partners of the same sex.” This second definition is truly the topic of debate and of a lot of questions in recent years.
Well, let’s turn to an even broader definition of what marriage is (according to the Mac Dictionary): “figurative a combination or mixture of two or more elements” This is probably closer than both earlier definitions in accuracy.
By Joseph Delli Gatti
Below is a response letter that I wrote to Marc Olmsted, author of this linked article. Marc is gay and fought to ban Proposition 8, but came to the conclusion that it was the wrong move. He proposed an alternate solution to provide greater validation of gay relationships. While I don’t support his suggestion, he did provide some insights to me about what a gay couple might gain from a publicly recognized and sanctioned relationship.
I felt somewhat inspired to share my perspective on the matter from more of a subjective angle as well. Objectivity is important, but subjectivity allows a peek into an individual and their feelings. That’s what I hope is provided here. Some slight modifications and edits have been made from the original. Continue reading