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Donny : Vegas != Wholesome Recreational Activities

By Chuckmonster on Tuesday, 2nd December 2008 4:50pm
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Here's a little follow up about our post that alluded to the possibility that Harrah's might find itself in the middle of the Proposition 8 storm that has been slowly boiling over from California to other states.

The premise is simple : Harrah's is playing both sides of the fence - positioning of Paris Las Vegas and a handful of shows at their other properties as 'gay friendly' while promoting the Donny & Marie Osmond show at Flamingo. At the time of writing, there was little if any evidence stating that the Osmonds were against gay marriage other than their being the most famous followers of the Church of Latter Day Saints - who bankrolled the Proposition 8 measure via a call to its members to donate to a specific political action group.

The loopholes in our original theory were large and many, some of which were discussed at great length in the comments to the post. A post on Donny Osmond's website (Donny.com) connects a few of the dots.

In it, Donny quotes a proclamation from the LDS Church as a 'beautifully stated' summation of his beliefs on marriage: (bold type emphasis is ours)

The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.

Wholesome recreational activities = no Vegas for you, bub. The missive continues:

We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family [i.e. gay marriage - Ed] will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets. We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.

Donny adds:

In fact, some of my best friends are gay. You ask how I react regarding their marriages. Well, I do support our Church leaders who say that we can accept those with gay tendencies in our church as long as they do not act upon their temptations. Everyone has tenancies[sic] to succumb to temptation, but we all have the same standard given to us by our Father in Heaven. Whether we may be tempted to be immoral with members of our own sex or of the opposite sex, we are expected to live chaste lives. This is very well explained not only in the Book of Mormon, but in the Bible as well.

You see, the whole beauty of God's plan is that we all have our free agency to live our lives the way we want to live them. Personally, I believe in the words stated above and that they came from a living prophet, so I abide by them.

We all determine for ourselves what is right and what is not right for our own lives and how we live God's commandments. I am not a judge and I will never judge anyone for the decisions they make unless they are causing harm to another individual. I love my friends, including my gay friends. We are all God's children. It is their choice, not mine on how they conduct their lives and choose to live the commandments according to the dictates of their own conscience.

This is a very interesting - and confusing - clarification from Mr. Osmond. He seems believes in a 'free agency' of life choice... as long as the actions aren't immoral or hurt other people. To him, the guidelines for morality are defined by the LDS teachings and the book of Mormon.

To his credit, Donny isn't going to pass judgement on his gay friends... but he personally believes, via the LDS teachings, that the disintegration of the family - via partaking in non-"wholesome recreational activities" and/or gay marriage - "will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets."

Bring it.

P.P.S. "!=" is a computer programming math operator that means "not equal." i.e. Kip Winger != Robert Plant, Sears Toughskins != Levi's, Mr. Pibb != Dr. Pepper etc.



Comments & Discussion:

I'm no apologist for organized religion, nor am I a homophobe: the best man at my wedding to KungFuApril is gay, and if he wants to marry another man, I would be honored to act as best man at his. Perhaps I'm sympathetic to the Osmonds from having watched their variety show in the days of my youth, but it seems he's in a very awkward situation with this particular issue... not only trying to reconcile performing in Sin City with being a poster-boy for Mormonism, but also trying to appease the religious members of his fan-base (which are doubtless a significant percentage) with not alienating the gay community. I think he did a fair job of tap-dancing around the subject considering the position he was in.

exactly. well put b-house.

My question is "Why bring the lightning on your self with that comment?" it seems that the smart thing would be to just be quiet and entertain. Is there a bru-ha-ha- that isn't being spoken about?

There are people all over the world who roll out of bed and plan their entire days based around what Donny Osmond wants them to do. Donny Osmond's word -- excuse me, Word -- is Law. He is obliged to answer the difficult questions to better lead his followers. Now go put on your WWDD bracelet and live your life right.

What scares me the most is the fire and brimstone threats of retribution from a vindictive god... but that's how they motivate their followers' pocketbooks. As far as I know, there have been no documented cases of people have been struck down by lightning because of their sins.

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