A new website wants to show former Mormon leader Thomas Monson the “joys of homosexuality” from beyond the grave.
Monson passed away in his home on Tuesday after spending his last decade as president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opposing gay inclusion in its ranks. Under the 90-year-old’s tenure, the church led the campaign to overturn same-sex marriage in California and banned the children of same-sex couples from receiving baptism.
But a site called “All Dead Mormons Are Now Gay” believes Monson can be redeemed in the next life: It allows users to make his ghostly spirit queer.
“Sadly, many Mormons throughout history have died without having known the joys of homosexuality,” claims the webpage, which asks users to enter the name of their “favorite” dead Mormon. “With your help, these poor souls can be saved.”
Were someone to hypothetically enter Monson’s name into the system (note: as the author may have done) and click “Convert!”, the page promises he would be “gay for eternity.”
“There is no undo,” the website warns.
Although the notoriously private Mormon leader never publicly spoke out against homosexuality, Monson made his opposition to the LGBTQ community known behind closed doors. He claimed the November 2015 policy branding gay couples’ kids as “apostates” was “the mind of the Lord and the will of the Lord,” as the Salt Lake Tribune reported this week.
Russell M. Nelson, who is believed to be in line to replace Monson, quoted those words in a January 2016 speech.
But that decision led to major blowback for the LDS church. More than 30 LGBTQ youth reportedly took their own lives in the three months after that decree was announced, while an estimated 1,500 members of the faith resigned in protest of the policy.
Although the Mormon church has taken steps to address the fallout (e.g., backing off its support for conversion therapy), it continues to outwardly oppose LGBTQ rights. In September 2017, church leaders filed an amicus brief in support of a Christian baker fighting for his right to discriminate against gay couples at the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Now that the Court has protected the liberty of same-sex couples, it is equally important to protect the religious liberty of these conscientious objectors,” the LDS Church claimed in a joint statement with the National Association of Evangelicals, among other groups.
The Mormon church has also distanced itself from the Boy Scouts of America after it lifted a ban on gay troop leaders two years ago. Monson is a former Boy Scout.
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