Church harms children

QUOTE: “This policy originates out of that compassion. It originates from a desire to protect children in their innocence and in their minority years. When, for example, there is the formal blessing and naming of a child in the Church, which happens when a child has parents who are members of the Church, it triggers a lot of things. First, a membership record for them. It triggers the assignment of visiting and home teachers. It triggers an expectation that they will be in Primary and the other Church organizations. And that is likely not going to be an appropriate thing in the home setting, in the family setting where they’re living as children where their parents are a same-sex couple. We don’t want there to be the conflicts that that would engender. We don’t want the child to have to deal with issues that might arise where the parents feel one way and the expectations of the Church are very different.” –D. Todd Christofferson, responding to the public outcry over the church’s decision to bar from membership any child who has a parent involved in a same-sex relationship, 6 November 2015. [source]

COMMENTARY: When the church’s practices are so harmful that the church decides ostracism is the correct tool to be used to protect children from those practices, it starts to make you wonder why they have those practices in the first place. Maybe the more Christ-like decision would be to change the harmful practices rather than keeping out innocent children whose parents you preach against. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.

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