Billionaire Quits Mormon Church & Will Donate $600K to LGBTQ+ Group

  
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Billionaire Quits Mormon Church & Will Donate $600K to LGBTQ+ Group
I believe the Mormon Church has hindered global progress in women's rights, civil rights and racial equality, and LGBTQ+ rights,"

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Alex Cooper December 22, 2021

A billionaire, originally from Utah, said he was leaving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this week in a letter that specifically called out the church's stances on LGBTQ+ rights and other human rights.

Jeff Green, 44, runs the advertising tech firm the Trade Desk and is reportedly one of the richest people from the state. He now lives in California.

Although he did not say what drove him to make a public exit from the church, Green wrote a letter to the Mormon Church's president, Russell Nelson, about the church's history, finance, and activism, according to The Salt Lake Tribune, which first reported it.

A copy of the letter was dated December 23, which is the birthday of the founder of the Mormon Church, Joseph Smith.

"While most members are good people trying to do right, I believe the church is actively and currently doing harm in the world," he wrote in the letter, the paper reported.

He added that he stopped believing in church doctrine more than 10 years ago, but he had been reflecting on his problems with its teachings.

"I believe the Mormon Church has hindered global progress in women's rights, civil rights and racial equality, and LGBTQ+ rights," Green wrote.

Green asked in the letter that his records been removed from the organization and that he only be contacted again with the church's acknowledgment that he was no longer a member. He said that one of his friends and 11 family members were leaving the church too.

"This money comes from people, often poor, who wholeheartedly believe you represent the will of Jesus," Green wrote. "They give, expecting the blessings of heaven."

He wrote that he would be donating $600,000 to the LGBTQ+ rights advocacy group Equality Utah, which will be the first major donation from his family foundation's giving arm, Dataphilanthropy.

The contribution will be Equality Utah's second-largest one-time donation, according to The Washington Post.

Part of that money will go toward a scholarship program for queer students in Utah, including students at his alma mater, Brigham Young University, who might have to leave due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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"We made this investment sizable and publicly to send a message that Equality Utah isn't going anywhere," Green wrote.

The advocacy group's executive director, Troy Williams, told NBC News in an email that the organization was "incredibly grateful for Jeff's generosity and support."

"In Utah, we have made enormous strides forward toward LGBTQ equality," Williams said. "The two most important elements of our success has been the support of allies and the willingness of state and religious leaders to engage with us. We don't always agree, but great things happen when we seek common ground. Jeff's financial support will ensure that we will remain a prominent force in Utah politics for years to come."

Green, believed to have a net worth of about $5 billion, said he would donate 90 percent of his wealth to philanthropy before he dies.

He wrote, "But I will also give of my time, my most precious commodity, to allocate those funds deliberately, and to be personally engaged."


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CB
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1  seeder  CB     6 months ago

I first read this new in December 2021. Churches do a great amount of good works. But, I do think and agree the time has come for the Mormon Church (all churches, in fact) to consider how it chooses to interact with people who are not a part of the mission, and have every right to be endowed with liberty, freedom, and privileges of this great country.

Too many lives are oppressed for no good reasons!

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
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2  Paula Bartholomew    6 months ago

F**k the Mormons.

 
 
 
CB
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2.1  seeder  CB   replied to  Paula Bartholomew @2    6 months ago

That's strong. What's happening, Paula?!

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
Professor Guide
2.1.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  CB @2.1    6 months ago

You so do not want to know.

 
 
 
CB
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2.1.2  seeder  CB   replied to  Paula Bartholomew @2.1.1    6 months ago

Okay, but if you want to 'dish' I am available for "tea"!  (Smile.)

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
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2.1.3  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  CB @2.1.2    6 months ago

I appreciate that more than you know.

 
 
 
CB
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2.1.4  seeder  CB   replied to  Paula Bartholomew @2.1.3    6 months ago

(Smile.)

 
 
 
Kavika
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3  Kavika     6 months ago
I believe the Mormon Church has hindered global progress in women's rights, civil rights and racial equality, and LGBTQ+ rights,"

He is correct.

 
 
 
CB
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3.1  seeder  CB   replied to  Kavika @3    6 months ago

Hmm. I would love to know one or two things about this. Because I have no clue.

My issue is with my "first love": Churches sitting idly by talking, holding weekly services, and not doing the work of pulling down "strongmen" in high places-even as they meddle in the affairs of ordinary citizens struggling (for decades) to find a place to exist and be mentally and physically happy in the land of their birth.

 
 
 
Kavika
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3.1.1  Kavika   replied to  CB @3.1    6 months ago

Historically, Mormons have identified the Lamanites as the primary ancestors of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. This is bizarre as you can get. The relations between the LDS and NA's has been bad  starting with the Meadows Massacre through Indian boarding schools and the Morman ''replacement program'' with NA's. 

 
 
 
CB
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3.1.2  seeder  CB   replied to  Kavika @3.1.1    6 months ago
Lamanites

Let's start (my education) here:

Chapter 15: A Mission to the Lamanites: September 1830

See? I don't know everything. I had never heard of this, "Lamanites" ancestry before. Atknown its disrepute. Very insightful to learn background on Mormon teaching and Native Americans!

Thank you. Does this little video get it right?

 
 
 
CB
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3.1.3  seeder  CB   replied to  Kavika @3.1.1    6 months ago
Meadows Massacre

Old West Vignette: Mountain Meadows Massacre

Very interesting story. I never knew about this LDS/Native Americans incident.

 
 
 
CB
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3.1.4  seeder  CB   replied to  CB @3.1.2    6 months ago
Morman ''replacement program''

Kavika, you have a standing article on lawsuits stemming from this practice, yes? Involving Native American children in foster homes in Utah?

 
 
 
Kavika
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3.1.5  Kavika   replied to  CB @3.1.2    6 months ago
Does this little video get it right?

Pretty much.

 
 
 
Kavika
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3.1.6  Kavika   replied to  CB @3.1.4    6 months ago

I've posted a few articles on the Indian Boarding School but with the Secretary of the Interior the investigation into the Boarding schools is really heating up.

 
 
 
CB
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3.1.7  seeder  CB   replied to  Kavika @3.1.6    6 months ago

I see.

 
 
 
Gordy327
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3.2  Gordy327  replied to  Kavika @3    6 months ago

I'd say that is correct about many religions. 

 
 
 
XXJefferson51
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4  XXJefferson51    6 months ago

The Mormon church is correct in its position on moral values and family issues.  They should not back away from their literalist teachings in these matters.  Other issues I may well disagree with them but not on traditional values, morals, family, and one man one woman only marriage.  

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
4.1  seeder  CB   replied to  XXJefferson51 @4    6 months ago

I can agree that the LDS churches and all other churches can keep their doctrines 'in-house' -assuming they do no harm to outsiders. But, that is just it isn't it? The cause of this billionaire's departure and his removal of a 'largess' from the LDS coffers is their outside work against minorities of various stripes!

 
 
 
Gordy327
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4.2  Gordy327  replied to  XXJefferson51 @4    6 months ago
The Mormon church is correct in its position on moral values and family issues.  

So polygamy is ok?

 Other issues I may well disagree with them but not on traditional values, morals, family, and one man one woman only marriage.  

What makes you right and them wrong? Or vice versa?

 
 
 
CB
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4.2.1  seeder  CB   replied to  Gordy327 @4.2    6 months ago

Good and fair question. :)

 
 

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