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Brandon Flowers Touts Membership in the Mormon Church: VIDEO

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Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, who has said that many of his heroes are gay men but whose positions on gay rights have never (at least not recently, to my knowledge) been clearly expressed, has recorded a video touting his membership in the Church of Latter Day Saints. If you're gay and a fan of Flowers' music, it's hard not to feel slighty disillusioned by it.

"My name is Brandon Flowers. I'm a father. I'm a husband. And I'm a Mormon."

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  1. "In a car, with a girl,
    Promise me she's not your world.
    Cuz Andy you're a star
    ...in nobody's eyes but mine"
    -Brandon Flowers

    Posted by: James in BCN | Oct 18, 2011 2:38:56 PM


  2. It probably has to do with the fact that Romney is being attacked for being Mormon and he feels marginalized. I wouldn't have expected anything else.

    Posted by: Victor/Victoria | Oct 18, 2011 2:45:52 PM


  3. Proudly driving our gay and lesbian kids to suicide since 1830- we're the Mormons.

    Posted by: Jeff | Oct 18, 2011 2:49:53 PM


  4. No support for bigoted moronic cultists. The Killers don't exist for me now. No loss, really.

    Posted by: ohplease | Oct 18, 2011 2:51:51 PM


  5. I only have, excuse me HAD, Killers' singles.

    buh bye.

    Posted by: truthiness | Oct 18, 2011 2:55:14 PM


  6. This, I believe, is just one of a whole new campaign where people say "I'm this, I'm that, and I'm a Mormon." An effort to combat the "cult" view of the church expressed by Christian leaders last week. On this past week's "On the Media," Brooke Gladstone interviewed a rep of the chruch and this campaign. He stated that Mormnon church is NOT involved in politics or candidates, they just encourage followers to get involved. This of course was a lie, and Gladstone sadly did not call him on it AT ALL. I've written my disappointment on the OTM Facebook page and on this site (where you can hear the interview):
    http://www.onthemedia.org/2011/oct/14/im-mormon-media-campaign/

    Also, agree with Andy that it's disappointing to see Flowers doing one of these...

    Posted by: Tony | Oct 18, 2011 2:57:18 PM


  7. They haven't made a decent album since Hot Fuss anyways.

    Posted by: endo | Oct 18, 2011 3:02:32 PM


  8. during the 2nd world war they had a name for folks like this, they called them collaborators. they did not fare well at war's end, and they were shunned, if they survived.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Oct 18, 2011 3:02:58 PM


  9. That's just sweet...doesn't mean he's not a part of a cult. BTW - why does the Mormon church feel a sudden need to do PR on how "normal" they are?

    The LDS church is secretive, well funded and has an agenda. They control the Boy Scouts, led the CA Prop 8 campaign and, when not baptizing dead people by proxy, they lead the North American culture in their banishment and persecution of gays. I'm surprised the Evangelicals don't wrap their arms around them - they are are "their kind of bigots."

    Posted by: JD | Oct 18, 2011 3:08:22 PM


  10. Mormons are all sorts of things — including rock stars. And they have a whole host of opinions on issues such as gay marriage, workplace discrimination, housing discrimination, and the like.

    Lumping all Mormons together is more of a testament to your laziness than to some perceived, inherent flaw in Mormonism. Believe, don't believe, that's cool — but Brandon's celebrating his belief in a church that has and continues to do MUCH good in the world while the institution wrestles with its understanding of homosexuality? I've got no problem with that.

    Full disclosure: I'm out gay and Mormon.

    Posted by: Silus Grok | Oct 18, 2011 3:08:34 PM


  11. Until the man comes out and clearly says something homophobic (which this video does not), you should give him the benefit of the doubt.

    Posted by: Protogenes | Oct 18, 2011 3:09:33 PM


  12. Very disappointing.
    The "Mormon" Project has been going on for a few months..at least in NYC...it's a pr stunt to shore up their "image" after their hateful anti-gay messages, Book of Mormon, and upcoming accession of Mitt Romney to POTUS.
    There are billboards in Times Square and ads in taxis as well.
    Anyone think Harry Reid will do one?

    Posted by: mcNnyc | Oct 18, 2011 3:09:39 PM


  13. Brandon Flowers pays tithings to his church as a mormon. Thus that money went into the funding that lead to prop 8. I can't in good conscience add my money to buying his albums in return, as much as I really want to like him and his music.
    While I do agree that not all mormons hate gays and oppose gay marriage, but money still talks.
    The only quote i've found is the singer has said that his religion is “very important” in his life, he is also known to have a liberal position on gay rights.
    The article gives no new info on his personal opinion that wasn't already known.

    Posted by: Joe | Oct 18, 2011 3:10:41 PM


  14. So I guess Lady Gaga won't be seeing The Killers anymore?

    At least she can still make out in the bleachers.

    (from "Boys, Boys, Boys")

    Posted by: Lance | Oct 18, 2011 3:11:09 PM


  15. @JD: The "I'm a Mormon" campaign has been going on for over two years. It's part of larger effort to demystify a religion that seems monolithic, white, boring, and weird. There's nothing "all of a sudden" about it, except that they've suddenly highlighted someone you know.

    Posted by: Silus Grok | Oct 18, 2011 3:11:46 PM


  16. These Flowers are WILTED.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Oct 18, 2011 3:12:01 PM


  17. I wonder how nice that check was he received from the Mitten's campaign. I think is rather amusing that other religious groups are calling his religon a cult. They are all CULTS!

    Posted by: Dairyqueen | Oct 18, 2011 3:12:21 PM


  18. He stated that Mormon church is NOT involved in politics or candidates, they just encourage followers to get involved. Apparently he has never heard of a thing called PROP 8 in California, where it is a known fact that the Mormon church directly funded the campaign to get gay marriage banned in that states constitution. I really want to refrain from calling him an ignorant tool, but that's how he is coming off here.


    Posted by: Matthew | Oct 18, 2011 3:13:00 PM


  19. Religion is institutionalized insanity. There is nothing normal about it.

    Posted by: thunderboltfan | Oct 18, 2011 3:13:06 PM


  20. I have a feeling Brandon is a fan of the Mormon Boyz gay porn site featuring guys in their special Mormon underwear. Brandon should come out of the closet.

    Posted by: Kenton | Oct 18, 2011 3:15:52 PM


  21. why exactly should I give him the benefit of the doubt? Because there's been ANY kind of doubt about the OFFICIAL STANCE of the mormon church on gay people? And since he is a member of that church, he would be WELL AWARE of that church's stance on MY EXISTENCE. And the fact that he made this video, has some awareness of who his fanbase is (young, hip, etc.) and didn't mention being supportive of lgbt rights? Then it's probably because he doesn't BELIEVE IN THEM.

    Sorry, but if you believe in invisible sky daddies and other forms of magic, you belong to a cult. Period. And if you support a cult who spends MILLIONS each year to take away my rights YOU ARE NOT MY FRIEND.

    Is this REALLY that hard to understand? Really?

    Posted by: wtf | Oct 18, 2011 3:17:04 PM


  22. Brandon Who?

    Posted by: Justin in Oaklawn, Dallas, TX | Oct 18, 2011 3:17:39 PM


  23. Brandon seems like a tortured fellow. Desperate to express himself and his true identity. But, also, hopelessly ensnared in the Mormon mythology of family and eternity.

    This interesting comment was on Andrew Sullivan's 'Daily Dish' recently:


    For [Mormons], evidence of the world’s corruption is all around us, in those magazine covers, in R-rated movies, in men having sex with men. But in the celestial kingdom all will be restored.

    So, for example, if your child has Down’s syndrome in this life, then in the celestial kingdom her body will be made whole. If your child is gay, as long as he never acts on his homosexuality and remains a church member in good standing, in the celestial kingdom he will marry a woman and populate the world with spirit children. When you are 20, eternity has a fairly strong pull on you, especially if all your family will be hanging out in the celestial kingdom forever. The promise of a whole body is compelling when you are taught that the body you have is impure.

    Posted by: Jon | Oct 18, 2011 3:18:25 PM


  24. Remember... you can't spell "Mormon" without M,O,R,O and N!

    Posted by: ludovico | Oct 18, 2011 3:18:46 PM


  25. As a person who plays music in clubs from time to time, I don't see myself playing any more of his music. I can't support somebody who supports the bigoted hateful church that stole my rights in CA (and yes I do live in CA).

    Sorry, not going to happen.

    Posted by: ClubDJ | Oct 18, 2011 3:19:26 PM


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