I know. They don't address the church's position. At all. Nor do they encourage LDS kids with SSA to adhere to the precepts of the Restored Gospel. At all. Hence the ambiguity of the vid's message.
I know they don't. That's sort of the problem. They ignore the elephant in the room, the issue which LDS with SSA face: Should they live according to the precepts of the Restored Gospel, or not?
The vid participants state that "There are people out there, there are allies within the Mormon Church" (3:24) and that "I'm learning how to be the best ally, the best advocate that I can be for you." (3:37).
If these people are are "allies" with people with SSA, against whom are they "allied?" Presumably against people who have uncharitable views toward people with SSA, right? But is it possible that a viwer could come away with the impression that the vid participants are aligning themselves against the precepts of the Restored Gospel which prohibit homosexual behavior?
Another vid participant assures the intended audience, LDS with SSA, that "society is moving in your direction." (5:30). What does that mean? Society as a whole is moving toward the endorsement of homosexuality in all respects. The orientation. The "lifestyle." The behavior.
So might a young Latter-day Saint view the vid and come away with the impression that these folks are hoping that the LDS Church will follow "society" toward the acceptance and endorsement of homosexual behavior? Frankly, I think that is possible. In fact, I think that is the likely outcome. In fact, I think it is intended outcome.
Oh, I agree with you there. I agree that it doesn't "necessarily" imply such a thing. But I certainly think is "possibly" implies such a thing. On balance, I think that implication is intentional. But whether it is intentional or not, the ambiguity itself is troubling because it muddies the waters for young LDS dealing with SSA.
What is Dehlin telling them to do? Stay true to the principles of the Church? It's hard to say, because the vid is utterly silent on this point, right?
Why on earth does the vid elide on past such an important issue? Is it because Dehlin is implicity advising young LDS with SSA to ignore those principles because "society is moving in your direction," such that those principles will be abandoned in the future and people with SSA will be at liberty to engage in homosexual behavior?
Okay. But what are the parameters of that acceptance? Is Dehlin hinting that the LDS Church will alter its doctrines to allow/embrace/endorse homosexual behavior?
Moreover, if the message of the vid is utterly benign (I'm certainly willing to consider that as a possibility), then what's the point of the vid? If the vid mirrors the LDS Church's stance, why not say so? Why not acknowledge the Church's stance? Why create an ambiguous message that, if misconstrued, could lead vulnerable young Latter-day Saints into erroneously concluding that "acceptance" of SSA includes - or should include - acceptance of homosexual behavior?
Edited by smac97, 23 April 2012 - 08:41 AM.