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Published: Thursday, Sept. 20 2012 11:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

The last acceptable prejudice? Try being gay in this state! I grew up Mormon. I understand a lot, but I never knew how much prejudice exists among them. I just didn't see it until I became an adult. Mormons have deep prejudices toward gay people. You think people accept anti- Mormon comments. People in our own legislature made hideous remarks about gay people that would make anybody cringe! Yet nobody said a word. They try and pass anti gay laws. Do pass anti Mormon laws? I can not help it if somebody has a belief that allows them to think such offensive things about me. I agree with the person who said that Mormons need to take some time and consider the point of view others may have. A lot of the anti Mormon comments come from being treated like an outsider. You don't have to give up your testimony to know an learn from others. Without trying to be harsh, many of you need to reach outside your comfort zone. It wouldn't kill you to do it.

Salt Lake City, UT

I use to go next door and visit my neighbor who is an elderly LDS woman. Usually we talked about family or geneology because we both like it so much. I would try and help her with her yard. Nobody in the ward was doing it. The next day her yard was filled with people. I knew what was happening from past experience. They couldn't have the gay man over there! To make it short, they scared her. They put the pressure on and one day I knew. I have had that horrible feeling many times around LDS people. They put an end to our friendship. I know it isn't her fault. I will always try and it will always hurt. The prejudice we feel comes from people that we love and let me tell you, it is much more than a few comments here and there. truly, I care! You know what I get back in return? To most Mormons, that is insignificant! they would hear me say that and it would mean nothing to them. We all need to take a look at ourselves. Why do we hurt each other so much

moniker lewinsky
Taylorsville, UT

There is often a difference between prejudiced and disagreement with policies. Particularly when those policies have a far reaching effect on those who are not within the membership of, in this case, the LDS church.
The LDS church can (and has) participated in political activation that has resulted in a loss of rights for many people. While this is their apparent right, that does not mean that people will be left with a good feeling about things. It has definitely created an impression and a backlash. People can be left with bad feelings about policies that the LDS church has helped to create or with bad feelings about beliefs they find hurtful. A mother can be left with a bad feeling about having to miss her child's wedding and sometimes no amount of explaining of doctrines will change this. There are many other examples as well.
I find that most people don't have a problem with religion itself, but they do have a problem with absence of separation that enables religious people to encroach (possibly with good intentions) on various liberties.
As secular laws become more secular(particularly in Utah), attitudes will change. Until then, they won't.

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