Update: 7/8/07 9:50 a.m. The post over at Times and Seasons, upon which my post here is based has now been removed in its entirety. I very much appreciate the fact that Time and Seasons’ bloggers decided that it was appropriate to remove the offending post. I agree with that decision, and applaud them for pulling it.  Some [many have now been re-linked] of the links now in this post will not work and may not make sense. Thank you for doing the right thing Times and Seasons.

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One can only describe Matt Evans’ tirade over at Times and Seasons, that has now descended below the common denominator of decency, little more than a witch trial. Without so much as affording the Marriott family or anyone from the Marriott Corporation an opportunity to respond, or present their side of the story, the Truth Will Prevail Gang, has denigrated into just a gang pile.

The Marriott family has been publicly ridiculed, and Elder Marriott ( a general authority of the Church) has been called a pornographer and pimp, on a blog that only last week was linked by LDS.org.

(Update 7/7/09 7:30 a.m. Matt has re-worded (though not voluntarily) his comment 202 linked immediately above to remove some of the offending language. See Times and Seasons comment 282. Thank you Matt and editors.)

Nate O. Kaimi, Jim F., Russell A. Fox, Julie M. Smith, Adam Greenwood, and the others, where are your voices in all this cacophony? Do your comment policies here and here not apply to the posts themselves by permabloggers? Do you approve of the tone and tenor of this post and many of its comments?

[Update 7/11/07--I have relinked the comments which appear immediately below. When Times and Seasons Administrators pulled the post, all my links became inoperative. I have, through copies of the original post re-created the comments referenced immediately below, by adding them as comments to this post and linking to them. I have accurately attributed authorship to those who made the comment.]

So far one of the few voices of reason by the T&S permabloggers comes from Ardis Parshall in comment 244.

I’m reminded of a classic exchange from Footloose, something like:

English Teacher to the Reverend: You know it doesn’t take long for corruption to take hold.

Reverend to the English Teacher: Oh, and how long is that . . .as long as it takes for compassion to die?

Hopefully cooler heads will prevail, so that truth may once again at least have a place over there.

Update, Julie Smith has responded as well in comment 255. And Wilfried in comment 259.

Margaret Young, former permablogger and BYU Professor has responded in comment 257. Kaimi has responded in comment 261. Adam Greenwood finally responds in comment 279. And, Russell A. Fox, has voiced his concern by thankfully shutting down the comments. (Well, they were shut down until Matt reopened them.)