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Mormon church edits transcript of Packer’s anti-gay hate speech

Friday, October 8, 2010

Boyd K. Packer

The Mormon Church is trying to perform some sleight of hand, and hoping no one notices. On their online version of Boyd K. Packer’s hate-speech, they’ve changed some of the most critical words -– possibly in response to the national outrage against them.

Last Sunday during Packer’s sermon, he made the preposterous claim that homosexuality was not born of inbred “tendencies.”

But ‘Lo and behold,’ in the Church’s online text version of the same speech, the word “tendencies” was changed to “temptations.”

The initial words spoken by Packer said, “Some suppose that they were pre-set and cannot overcome what they feel are inborn tendencies toward the impure and unnatural. Not so! Why would our Heavenly Father do that to anyone? Remember he is our father.”

The new text reads: “Some suppose that they were preset and cannot overcome what they feel are inborn temptations toward the impure and unnatural. Not so! Remember, God is our Heavenly Father.”

That’s a huge difference, and the inherent meanings of the two words can take on a whole new dimension to the speech. And notice also that the motives of ‘god’ have been removed as well.

Although admittedly, it’s moot point – as Packer obviously doesn’t speak for the rest of the church leadership, including other members of the 12 apostles who were not happy about his talk.

Packer, President of LDS Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, continues to contradict the Mormon church’s own positions in this area.

With pamphlets and website articles reading “Many people are born with tendencies towards attraction to the same sex…” one wonders just how much sway Packer has that his words weren’t shut down by the Conference-Review-Committee.

Click here for the Mormon Church’s “updated” version of Boyd K. Packer’s speech.

And here’s the original version:

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5 more reader comments:

  1. I am so glad this was caught! I was reading the official transcript and was frustrated because I couldn't find the line that made me perk up my ears: " Why would our Heavenly Father do that to anyone?"

    My immediate thought was "Well I don't know, and I think transgender people might wonder the same thing. Regardless of why, it happens, whether a God decides it or not."

    Bad logic.

    Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 7:12am
  2. Well, the article’s meaning remains the same. A few words don’t make a difference if you ask me. If they were trying to backtrack, it seems there would be a lot more changes. I was curious to read it to see what all the fuss was about, but frankly don’t find it that offensive. I was under the impression that it was a “hate” speech. The Mormon church is entitled to its’ beliefs about marriage and about pornography, and to speak to its members about it. Of course those with a differing view point will be offended. Thats my 2 cents anyway.

    Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 3:00pm
  3. 'Hate speech'? Hardly. This man has a message for the memebers of the church and he expressed them with the least bit of hate. He expresses that there is help for young church members to tackle these temptations. He offered guidance and knoledge. What it is lgbtqnation hears in his speech is probably just an opportunity to turn heads and confuse people, and when they are turned they see that there was nothing there in the first place. When I read the exerpt with both words I get the same meaning.

    Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 8:20pm
  4. Mike,
    I agree completely. To clarify: I was under the impression that it was a hate speech until I read it for myself. The way the lgbt community is responding gave me that impression. So, yes after reading it, I must say I find it far from offensive.

    Posted on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 8:41pm
  5. Some say potato I say Potairo, Big deal one word change does not change the meassege. It is STILL the same meassege people. The LDS church is not going to change their position on the subject, so quit trying to find criticism in something that will never change, Homosexuals claim the saying "live and let live" well….. let live and quit criticizing people that do not live like you.

    Posted on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 1:07am