(part 5 of 5) Joanna Brooks, Ph.D, is a national voice on Mormon life and politics and an award-winning scholar of religion and American culture and the author of The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith. In part 5, Joanna refutes the misconception that homosexuality is one stop on the scale of moral depravity and suggests that to be truly moral is the fulfill the measure of one’s creation justly and kindly. She talks about the responsibilities of motherhood to nurture and embrace children who may have been created differently, specifically those children who were born gay. She extends this nurturing responsibility to all members of the church, suggesting that because there have always been gay people in our Mormon community and because there will always be, our charge is to make sure they feel a part of the tribe.
(The views expressed in this interview do not necessarily reflect those of the producers of Far Between but are reflective of a part of what it means to be homosexual and Mormon.)