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.
And here’s the original version: