Monday, August 30, 2004
Gay Marriage Equated To Holocaust By RNC Opener
The opening invocation at the Republican National Convention will be given by a Mormon woman who has equated support for gay marriage to support for Hitler and the Holocaust. Sheri Dew is President of the Mormon-owned Deseret Book.

"At first it may seem a bit extreme to imply a comparison between the atrocities of Hitler and what is happening in terms of contemporary threats against the family--but maybe not," Dew said in a recent speech.

Her remarks ignored the fact that gays were among the first victims of Hitler, while Mormon Church leaders supported him. Helmuth Hubener, a Mormon youth who secretely fought against Hitler, was excommunicated by the Mormon Church for "conduct unbecoming a member of the church" before the Nazis executed him. Deseret Book has sold three different books about Hubener.

It seems Ms. Dew doesn't know which side she's on.

More at Eschaton and Jesus' General.

Helmuth Hubener was excommunicated by local, German authorities. His excommunications was done improperly, and without any knowledge on the part of Church authorities in America. All excommunications from the Church must be approved by the leadership in Salt Lake City. When the Salt Lake City leadership was informed of Hubener's so called "excommunication", his membership in the Church was posthumously reinstated, and his membership records clearly state that his excommunication was a mistake.

Apart from that, Ms Dew is entitled to her political opinions the same as anyone else. Church membership does not require a person's political views conform to either a liberal or conservative standard, because the Church is apolitical by nature, except to encourage its members to be involved in influencing their government in whatever capacity they choose or are capable.

For you to drag the whole Church into your disagreement with Sheri Dew's political opinions, which are separate from her religious opinions and CERTAINLY separate from those of other Church members, is hypocritical on your part. It makes you no better than the spooks and goblins you claim to be chasing.
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