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Is Prejudice Injustice?

February 9, 2016
By Buble PLATINUM, Ammon, Idaho
Buble PLATINUM, Ammon, Idaho
22 articles 13 photos 25 comments

Favorite Quote:
Love and loyalty run deeper than blood. By: Richelle Mead

Have you ever heard people comment that God loves everyone?

On November 16, 2015 a new policy caused a ripple effect throughout Salt Lake City, Ut and many other states. Hundreds of people who have been part of Mormon churches and are in same-sex relationships or are children with relations with people who are, are now protesting that the churches are being prejudice against them.

The new policy the churches have proclaimed is that children whose primary residence with gay parents or guardians are not allowed to be baptized or take part in baby-naming ceremonies  until the kids turn eighteen and  deny any responsibility or support for same-sex relationships and cut all ties to those who support or take part in same-sex relationships.

This new policy was proclaimed on what some people believe and the policy declares members in gay marriages to be apostates subject to a kind of banishment, a punishment that's handed out by a church when one of its members breaks some important church rule.

Teresa Schofield said, “ We’re suppose to love our children like God loves us. To ask someone to turn their back on their own child or for a child to turn their back on a parent is unnecessary.” Teresa is a former Mormon who stopped attending way back, what she said is something we should consider.

After many members of The Church of Latter-Day Saints felt that the new policy was unnecessary issues were taken into hand and they felt they should hear what the church leaders had to say for proclaiming the new policy.

Mormon apostle D. Todd Christofferson explained that the new policy that has caused so many people distress was based off of the handbook guide used by the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ."We don't want the child to have to deal with issues that might arise when the parents feel one way and the expectations of the church are very different.” Christofferson said the church made the shift largely as a reaction to the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. 

The author's comments:

This is an article I wrote for my schools newspaper last semester in our news section. I felt the need to bring this new development in our society to the students attention due to the fact that this new policy has not yet come here so it would help to prevent mormons within the school from being prejudice against fellow peers. 

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