In a previous article, I quoted Roseanne Barr's comments regarding the suicide of Marie Osmond's son. In it, I supported Roseanne's statements that Michael was gay and had likely killed himself over the rampant homophobia in the church in which he was raised. Several readers pointed out to me that there is much doubt about whether Marie's son was in fact gay.
I now realize that I was not fully informed about the sexuality of Michael Blosil. To this degree, I retract my statements. However, I stand by the following:
The Mormon church is unabashedly discriminatory to homosexuals and has a long standing history of bigotry. It is quite easy, but downright wrong, to say that because members of the church claim to "love" their homosexual brothers and sisters, they are somehow absolved of belonging to an organization which deliberately campaigns to take away their rights.
The Mormon Church claims to have a direct line to God, receiving revelations through their prophets. They believe they have The Truth. That "truth" includes that homosexuality in sinful, that marriage must only be between a man and a woman, and that homosexuals should therefore not be entitled to the same rights as heterosexuals. Those brought up in this faith have been brainwashed to believe these tenets, and it is a tragedy against humanity and reason. Those raised in this church barely have a fighting chance to come out without these delusions. The Mormon Church was founded by a known charlatan with a documented history of deceit, and when it comes to truth, the church has no ground to stand on.
I do not doubt that many (and probably most) mormons do not feel "hate" (the emotion) in their hearts when they think of homosexuals. Perhaps this is of some shallow comfort to those within the church who are gay. But it is of little consequence when that very church acts with hatred. When the people of that church work tirelessly to keep civil rights away from a segment of the population, they work with hatred, even if they get the warm-and-fuzzies while they do it. To those who argue that Marie Osmond is a kind and gentle woman who loved her son, you are most likely completely correct. In fact, Marie is a victim here, too. She, like virtually all LDS members (save those few who are educated enough to know the true history of their faith), is a victim of brainwashing by a church that taught her to love in her heart and hate with her actions. That is the legacy of the LDS Church. I hope very much that she is able to buck the trend by leaving an organization with such a terrible history of bigotry.
Again, I apologize for not verifying the sexuality of Michael Blosil. I do not apologize for my comments regarding the LDS Church's treatment of homosexuals. There is no excuse for their actions.