My admiration for Scandinavians, in general, knows no bounds.
The Baltic is one of my favorite tourist destinations and I have spent many happy times in their capital cities.
Plus, NORWEGIAN AIRLINES is my favorite carrier — their fare prices and their service unmatched — check them out!
That said, the statement from the Swedish Union, ROOM FOR EVERYONE is a plethora of pious platitudes.
It is a twice-told tale of trifling trivia, regurgitating the NAD document GUIDING FAMILIES OF LGBT plus LOVED ONES.
Both documents purport to be a loving outreach of inclusivity for our LGBT offspring, and so I suppose that is an advance from the shunning / shaming / stigmatizing / sullying solutions to same sex attractions that have been the prior modus operandi of Adventism,
The problem with both documents is that it does not address the “elephant in the room “ :
The pernicious, punitive penalty that our church imposes on its LGBT offspring :—— LIFE LONG LONELINESS, also known as “ celibacy “.
The Swedes do not subscribe to the US Constitution giving Americans the unalienable right to the “PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS “.
However I am sure the Swedes would agree that a pinnacle in the pursuit of happiness is finding a soulmate and the ineffable ecstasy that erupts from “being in love “ — this “pursuit of happiness “ is egregiously denied our gay children.
Our LGBT community is a significant sub set of our church ( five per cent )…
Most informed, educated people now acknowledge that gays / lesbians have zero input / choice / selection in their same sex attractions.
Everyone also agrees that our LGBT adolescents have identical levels of teen age sex hormones as their straight siblings and cousins,
The church’s insistence on life long CELIBACY. nullifies all the “affirmations “ and protestations of inclusivity and outreach.
We decry the celibacy requirement imposed on Catholic priests and nuns — at least those celibates make an informed ADULT decision to be sexless. — our gay / lesbian adolescents have it foisted upon them, through no fault of their own.
The celibacy issue is a callous cruel condemnation creating a companionless existence.
As I have said elsewhere, while sex is an important element of marriage, the affirmation aspects of matrimony — the validation, companionship, devotion, loyalty, support, approbation, acceptance, are an ineffable component of marriage.
To permanently deny romance with all its affirming attributes to people who have done no wrong is surely sadistic.
Another inalienable right to happiness,’s surely being able to find employment and adequate housing, which was the goal of the US EQUALITY ACT recently passed in the US Congress
While the NAD and Swedish statements are an improvement, no amount of pontification will counteract the recent toxic travesty of the GC who actively opposed the EQUALITY ACT that would have ensured employment and housing for LGBT individuals.
Our church hierarchy threw our LGBT offspring under the bus, denying them protection from discrimination in employment and housing and protection from hate crimes.
This should be a red flag / wake up call, for all Adventist gays and lesbians, that the church does not have your best interests at heart.
The hateful, hurtful homophobia of our hierarchy eclipses attempted outreach from Swedes and the NAD to ameliorate the fate of our same sex family members!