I think we Mormons are responsible for lots of hate speech, we just called it “loving guidance from the Lord.” I received the “To Young Men Only” guide when I was in youth and it contained such “gems”....
Reading over the list of “gems” you itemized, I don’t have problems with any of them. I had a friend who once started what I thought was a friendly tussle. Within moments it became apparent that he considered it a type of foreplay and I reacted with appropriate force that ended our friendship. He knew I didn’t swing that way, and I experienced extreme revulsion by his advance. If homosexuals want to engage in their deviant behavior, that’s their business. I won’t dictate what they do in the privacy of their own homes and bedrooms. But I demand respect for my own predilections, and he knew my religious and social views. I don’t want dogs humping my leg and I don’t want homosexuals disrespecting my own sexuality. I’m quite capable of having friendships with homosexuals, but there are social limitations in both homosexual and heterosexual lifestyles. I respect the sexual predilections of lesbians and wouldn’t have thought of pushing myself on them. So it’s a matter of mutual respect.
Mormons will change any doctrine necessary to protect their holdings. Remember multiple wives? Now once again times have changed and they see the hand writing on the wall...and the Supreme court is ready to hear the case on the basis of protecting civil rights.... Like Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons are just another corporation trying to sell a product.
You’re entitled to your views, of course. Everyone’s trying to sell a product and Mormons are the first to admit that we change. We claim modern and ongoing revelation from God as well as a restoration of biblical Christianity, and the divine authority to act in God’s name.
In both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, ancient prophets saw our day and prophesied that in the end times, people would excel in wickedness. Jesus said: “ But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be,” and then he added that people would be marrying and given in marriage. In our day, we can expect homosexual marriage to be a part of that prophecy, for Moses wrote of Noah’s day: “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.” (Gen. 6:11-12)
What does the Lord mean by “corrupt”? The dictionary defines “corrupt” as “Marked by immorality and perversion; depraved.Venal; dishonest....” Also, “To destroy or subvert the honesty or integrity of.To ruin morally; pervert.To taint; contaminate.To cause to become rotten; spoil.To change the original form of.”
This requires little comment. Suffice it to say that our society has become corrupt. That doesn’t mean that any man is God’s agent for exacting vengeance, or that we shouldn’t love or display compassion for anyone wrestling with homosexuality, pedophilia, bestiality or any other perversion. Certainly if it moves into violence or coercion we as a society need to intervene, but we’re not supposed to react with hatred and violence of our own.
LDS leaders have not changed their views on anything. We still are against homosexual marriage, but we stress love and compassion towards sinners, the same attitude that our Lord displayed. That doesn’t mean he approves of the sins, but he recognizes we all have problems, that we’re all sinners and that we’re working out our own salvation with fear and trembling. We’re in a state of probation and therefore we’re allotted time in which to work. That does not represent a change in attitude or doctrine.
If you are in battle (Mormons serve in the military) and you are facing your enemy, unknowing to you he also is a Mormon, you kill him. How do you justify your actions before God?
We don’t have to justify our actions in this regard to anyone. The Lord has stated that taking the lives of anyone (Mormon or not) is repugnant to him. Still, we are subjects of our respective governments and any taking of human life, unless done with personal relish, is upon the heads of state which start and pursue wars. In our theology, death is not an end, but a continuation. That said, I would not have participated in either the Korean War or the Vietnam War, even if drafted. Why? Because they were illegal and were not declared wars. So I would have gone to Canada. My dad, a Navy Captain, had special funds for my brother and me to go to Canada and wait out the war. Even so, in legal wars, the church has said that we are subjects to our governments and must abide by the law.