RIP even to BKP…
Saying that President Boyd K. Packer is probably not most disaffected Mormons’ (especially for disaffected gay Mormons) favorite general authority would be an immense understatement. In fact, Packer probably would go down as many people’s least favorites due to his talks and comments on homosexuality. (Although to be fair, it’s not like he’s alone, and it’s not like he’s the only general authority disliked for it.)
I don’t really have many comments on him, except just to wonder…why?
I understand intellectually that many people can feel strongly that homosexuality is wrong, and I understand further that being in a socially conservative, heteronormative religious tradition like Mormonism certainly should increase the likelihood that one feels that strongly.
At the same time…I don’t get it.
I think that when people suggest that those most opposed to homosexuality are actually repressed, closeted gay men or women themselves, this is some sort of attempt to explain this. Like…it’s a way to say, “…maybe the only way one could feel this way is if he has skeletons in his own closet…?”
(Like, when people talk about sexuality as a choice, is this just repressed bisexuals reporting their own subjective experience of rejecting their desires toward one sex and pursuing desires toward the other?)
…I know, it seems a little silly. It seems a little silly to find that thought more palatable than just realizing that the opposition is really a lot simpler. (And plus, there are plenty of absolutely, unambiguously, totally straight people who say the same things so it really doesn’t work to try to pin repression on everyone.)
I dunno. So much for this post.