Leave it to Roseanne to tell it like it is.
"Marie Osmond's poor gay son killed himself because he had been told how wrong and how sick he was every day of his life by his church and the people in it. Calling that "depression" is a lie!Right on, Roseanne!
"Yet the Osmonds still talk lovingly about their church, saying nothing about its extremely anti-gay Crusade. Marie also has a gay daughter! ...
"G-d is trying to use you for something good and this is your opportunity! Your church is wrong and on the wrong wrong wrong side of things! Get as vocal about that as you are about your diet. G-d bless you too, Marie.
"Take a hard look at the facts now as you use this very sad time for introspection, healing growth and prayer, and become a strong symbol for loving mothers who make no apologies for hatred against their own kids!"
It makes me sick too. What a brainwashing job.
The Mormon Church reminds me so much of child abusers and wife beaters. Their victims want love so badly that, even while they're still bloody and bruised, they turn to their tormenter for solace. When you ask them why it happened, they inevitably reply, "It was my fault. I wasn't good enough. I deserved this." And the abuser, maybe for a minute or two, will aquiesce and give some comfort, reinforcing the submissiveness and neediness of the victim.
The Mormon Church is exceptionally good at this. Even in the face of the suicide of her son, Marie Osmond has turned to the very oppressor that tormented Michael. The Mormon Church taught her that Michael was deliberately living an evil lifestyle. The Mormon Church told Michael that he was going to Hell, to be forever tortured, and separated from God's glory. And worst of all, the Mormon Church told Michael and the Osmonds that homosexuality was a free choice, that Michael was deliberately doing this, that homosexuality was a choice, not part of how he was made.
That's abuse, pure and simple, and the Osmonds and Mormons in general, are its victims.
Most modern Christians (yes, Mormons consider themselves Christian even though most other Christians disagree, a good topic for another blog!) are surprised to learn that, for most of the history of Christianity, gay marriage was tolerated, even embraced, by Christian churches. There were even special Christian Rites for gay marriages.
Every death is tragic, and my heart goes out to the Osmond family. But Roseanne is right: The Mormon Church's stand on homosexuality is immoral, cruel, and dangerous. And it's time for mothers like Marie Osmond to stand up and say it. It is an abusive religion with immoral beliefs.