Tuesday, February 06, 2007

SoulForce V.2.0

There are some things that really bother me, like stupid people, or those who perpetuate stereotypes, and on occasion I'd include my parents on that list as well. There are also organizations that really piss me off too, like NAMbLA (North American Man/boy Love Association) and on an equally pathetic and lame level, SoulForce.

I'm sure everyone who is gay, mormon and had an internet connection was aware of "The Equality Ride" that took place last spring. They came and attempted to open up dialogue with students and faculty. Then towards the end of their stay at BYU they held a funeral procession and then played dead in a field, each person representing someone that had committed suicide, was gay, and a member of the LDS Church. This particularly made me angry because they were horribly disrespectful to the families of those people who ended their own lives, they had no right to use their names in such a pathetic and corny way.

Anyway, even though BYU was kind and accomodating last year, Soulforce decided they were going to play the bleeding heart activists and spit in their faces. This year they won't even allow the Equality Riders on campus because they didn't play nicely last year.

So here are the reasons why I dislike Soulforce:

They come in and attempt to change...wait...what was it exactly? Where they attempting to change the LDS Church stance on homosexual activity? Or did they try to get them to change the CES Honor Code? Oh wait! I think I remember! Soulforce wanted the Church Education System to be ACCEPTING of their homosexual sex-capades!

Okay, now that we have little bit passed us, here's the thing Soulforce and also Soulforce's little gay mormon friends. There's this thing called the Honor Code. Don't know if you heard about it, but anyone attending any CES Program or school signs it. When you sign the Honor Code you say you aren't going to be doing a myriad of activities--drink, smoke, have (gasp!) hetero sex, and probably, the only thing you are focusing on, no homosexual activity.

So Let's recap! If you're attending a school owned by the LDS church you've signed a little paper saying you won't have (among other things) gay sex. If you do have (among other things) gay sex, you freaking DESERVE to get kicked out.

Okay, I'm getting bored with this topic--so I'm going to wrap this up quickly. Soulforce, you made things worse for BYU students who are SSA/Homo/Gay, you helped perpetuate the stereotypes that we've been working on getting rid of. And the worst crime against mormon gaydom you've commited: you have very ugly lesbians.


Thrasius said...

you are so freakin' hilarious it kills me!

John said...

AMEN!!! I just busted up laughing at that last line and then hoped my roommate wouldn't ask what i was laughing about. I didn't know BYU wasn't letting soulforce on campus. Where did you hear that? Frankly, I think you're right. It's good to make people aware that there are LDS people who struggle with SGA but I don't want them identifying me with the group that came to byu and their ugly lesbians! You're awesome!!!

John said...

And on another note... what's with the BYU equality ride group on facebook? I don't know if anybody's seen it, but there are a lot of people that have joined up... I don't know if that's a good thing or not.

Anonymous said...

Great post, very appropriate in a comical way. You made me laugh and smile and that is always a good thing, I like people who have that effect on me. But my stomach hurts, so I shouldn't laugh too much. :)

Sir Robert Chiltern said...

I'm sorry you feel that way about Soulforce. Personally, I think the campus is in great need of more dialog on this subject, and shedding light on it is appropriate and necessary. I don't feel there's any need to change the stance BYU takes on the issue; rather, they need to change how they approach treating the people involved in the issue, and I'm sure this is something you'd agree with.

Also, I personally witnessed much of the dialog on campus between the members and students, and I've seen video footage of what you termed the "funeral procession". I felt both were conducted in a very well and delicately on Soulforce's part. If anything wasn't as I thought it should be, it was the rally held at the park which was a bit bellicose.