The Salt Lake Tribune reported on Harry Reid criticizing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for standing up for the right thing.

Specifically Sen. Reid thinks that the LDS Church should not have become involved in the Proposition 8 battle in California saying it was “a waste of church resources and good will . . . [and] didn’t think it was appropriate”.  In fairness it should be noted that Sen. Reid’s more balanced spokesman said “[w]hile Senator Reid agrees with his church that marriage is between a man and a woman . . . he also believes that the resources that went into the Proposition 8 effort could have been put to better use”.

Sen. Reid also supports a gay rights march on Washington D.C. and a sustained lobbying effort to allow for a federal law enabling gay marriage among other issues.

So, if I read this correctly Sen. Reid believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman but that Federal Law should allow for official recognition of sinful behavior and the LDS Church should just shut up about it.

Sen. Reid is wrong.  If you sincerely believe that a particular behavior is immoral or inherently evil you should pursue laws against that behavior.  In a republic with elected representatives the representatives will make laws that reflect the values of the people they represent.  Last time I checked Nevada was also against Gay marriage.

The LDS Church should get involved in moral issues regarding the laws of the land.  Laws against prostitution, gambling, gay marriage, gay adoption, abortion, and any other number of moral issues are up for debate in the public arena and churches should get involved in the debate, just like anyone else.

Sen. Reid was not specific about what goodwill was wasted.  The groups who fought against Proposition 8 already had no great affection for the LDS Church anyway.  If the Church did not get involved in the campaign they probably would have wasted the goodwill they had with other religious groups much more than any theoretical goodwill from the gay rights groups.

Sen. Reid probably wasted more of his good will with the LDS Church by his statements.

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