The Mormon Temple has been the highest physical symbol of Godliness by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints here on the planet. According to their unique beliefs, gospel saving ordinances for the dead and ordinances such as eternal marriages are conducted only within the walls of such edifices.
The Latter Day Saints (Mormons) consider such buildings so sacred that only worthy members of the church with Temple recommends signed off by the appropriate church leadership can enter and participate in the ordinances. Those who enter are asked to keep the experiences and ordinances in the temple to themselves because of their sacred nature.
There are chapels for regular Sunday services where all church members and visitors are invited to attend at other locations.
However, with the recent political and monetary involvement of the Church in the Proposition 8 campaign in California to Ban Same Sex Marriage, these temples have now become a symbol of Hate and Exclusion.
Despite the Church’s attempt for some reconciliation, the jarring effect of the passage of Prop. 8 which effectively enables the California State Constitution to discriminate against a certain population of its citizens from marriage rights, has caused a backlash against any possible reconciliation.
The Church for years has been one of the most anti-gay rights voices in the country and has preached heavily over its pulpits and in its publications its own moral viewpoint on the issue. The Church’s own theological position as the restored Church of Jesus Christ with a Living Prophet who is the only one authorized, out of all the Christian denominations to speak for Christ, adds another dimension to their political ambitions on this matter.
They have effectively imposed their religious influence on affairs of the state through both monetary and outright political involvement that crosses the line of Church and State.
So these Temples with their promises of eternal salvation and eternal families now seem like empty words. The Golden Angel that you see top the towers of most of them has now become the new Swastika to millions of us who have seen our rights taken away.
If we protest outside your temple gates and you feel uncomfortable, too bad. If it disrupts your perfect heterosexual world. Too bad. I hope it does. There were many hearts you broke the day Proposition 8 passed and we will not let you forget it… until Equality is finally realized.
Oh yes, Keep your missionaries away from knocking on my door. I am not interested.