If Reverend Boy(d) Packer has learned nothing else from the Bishop Eddie Long scandal, it should be that preachers with names that sound like they were spat (not swallowed) straight out of a porn-name generator, should probably keep their hateful thoughts on homosexuality to themselves. Because chances are, if you're that concerned with what people are up to in private, you're probably keeping some secrets yourself. But right now Reverend Packer isn't worried about that. Nor, apparently, is he worried about the heartbreaking spate of gay teens killing themselves over exactly the kind of hate speech he delivered this past Sunday. Or the fact that his vitriol inspires gay-bashing thugs like the two who beat the crap out of a young gay guy in NYC's historic Stonewall bar this past Sunday night.
With any luck it would cause a giant tabernacle to come crashing down on Packer's head.
Gays aren't the only immorals in Mr. Packer's world. Even breeders who opted to marry outside their race (not religion!) are questionable. Back in the late 70s he gave a speech advising members to stick with their own kind.
We've always counseled in the Church for our Mexican members to marry Mexicans, our Japanese members to marry Japanese, our Caucasians to marry Caucasians, our Polynesian members to marry Polynesians. The counsel has been wise. You may say again, "Well, I know of exceptions." I do, too, and they've been very successful marriages. I know some of them. You might even say, "I can show you local Church leaders or perhaps even general leaders who have married out of their race." I say, "Yes--exceptions." Then I would remind you of that Relief Society woman's near-scriptural statement, "We'd like to follow the rule first, and then we'll take care of the exceptions."
Wankers are also on Packer's hit list, though in his world, either men are the only ones who indulge in that kind of naughtiness or it's okay for Mormon women to fly solo. And just last week we discussed the church's position on porn. (Reverse cowgirl, FTW!)
But the church's position on interracial marriage and self-love really take a backseat to their virulent hatred of all things homosexual. Not content to fuck with gay marriage in California, now they're campaigning against New Hampshire Governor John Lynch for signing gay marriage into law last year--even after he left a loophole in, allowing churchs the right to refuse to perform the ceremony.
How very Christian of them. You can watch the whole video and sign a petition protesting Packer's hate speech through Human Rights Watch. Meanwhile, if you're anywhere near Salt Lake City on Thursday, local activists are planning a protest. Me, I'll just sit back and wait for the inevitable accusations that seem to follow these holier-than-thou type declarations.