Most are missing the point on Kate Kelly.
Kate isn’t the issue. Many LDS people claim Kate’s excommunication was her choice; that she "deserves" what she got. The church would have everyone believe the issue is doctrine or God or Kate. It’s not. The issue is the institutionalization of inequality.
Regardless of why, women are not equal to men in the LDS Church or culture. To the faithful LDS women that claim they "have never felt inferior," I ask, when was the last time you baptized one of your children? When was the last time you blessed the child you spent nine months carrying?
The "men and women have different but equal roles" argument doesn’t fly. Remember separate but equal?
How do you think Hilary Clinton or Sarah Palin would react if you told them they couldn’t be President simply because they are female? Do you honestly think it would help to tell them the reason is, "God said so" or "Fifteen old men said so"?
Bottom line: the LDS Church does not treat men and women equally. If you are OK with that inequality and want to remain, fine. Just don’t pretend that all is equal in Zion.
Salt Lake City
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