Anti Mormon


John Dehlin, in his never ending class act at self promotion and denigration of any who dare criticize his methods, keeping it classy over at his Mormon Stories Facebook page with this latest post:

I know I should be charitable toward you, John.  You’re a “brother” in the Community of Saints.  I should refrain from the “ad hominem” attacks you are so fond of flinging at anyone who dares criticize anything you do.  But, I just gotta say, John:  The reality is I’m the weakest of those who are or who can be called a Saint.  I’m the guy who Benjamin had exactly in mind when he wrote Mosiah 3:19.   So, you’ll just have to excuse my own classless characterization of you.  I just think you’re a pathetic prick . . .  (More of the Facebook Comments from the Mormon Stories Facebook Page below the fold) (more…)

I just finished watching Anderson Cooper’s 360 discussion on the Warren Jeffs story tonight in his Crime and Punishment segment.  Some how, his signature statement of how he and every contributor to his program is keeping someone or another honest just got lost in the shuffle. (more…)

A repost from the past, commemorating the 166th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith, I post three versions of that event that I have enjoyed over the years. (more…)

Reed Cowan, a Miami film maker has produced a documentary on the Church and it’s involvement in the Proposition 8 campaign, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.  It apparently premiers today at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT. (more…)

I realize Big Love is “entertainment” and not real.  After watching tonight’s episode, I also realize  that HBO and the Big Love crew have no hesitation in casting others’ pearls before swine.  A few points of clarification are in order from tonight’s episode. (more…)

Guess that anti-8 Utah boycott, so effectively concieved by the losing side, isn’t going exactly as planned–at least as to the Sundance Film Festival.  Anyone with any knowledge about Utah and its toursim industry understands that Park City, and the Sundance Film festival are likley the most “gay friendly” city and venue in all of Utah.    Who really gets hurt if the boycott succeeds?  Seems the same minds who ran the campaign are still in charge.

For my other Tolerance posts see Tolerance I, Tolerance II, Tolerance III.  Well, its been almost two weeks now since election day, and amazingly one issue remains in the news cycle on an almost daily basis since that time:  Proposition 8 and the Mormon Church. That’s right, the Mormon Church, its members, and other persons of faith have been singled out and targeted for engaging in the exercise of an actual constitutionally protected fundamental right–the right to vote and participate in the political process.  The vitriol, hate, intolerance and lawlessness in some cases exhibited by those who disagreed with Proposition 8 supporters has been frightening and should give pause to those who truly cherish our democratic institutions and the rule of law.  See also S.P. Bailey’s These Cultural Wars post over at A Motley Vision.  And, there is Marc Bohn’s Rhetoric, Ideology and Prop 8 over at Times and Seasons.

Meridian Magazine has two articles with incredible photos, that if you have not seen, you should.  The two articles are: The Hypocrisy of the Tolerance Movement and In the Face of Hatred.   Both are well done, and you should read them both.  The photos accompanying the second article are truly remarkable and alarming.  The author, Paul Bishop of this article is an LDS LAPD veteran, who makes some good points.  Because I think the photos are particularly powerful, I repost them below, for those who may not get over to the Meridian website on a regular basis: (more…)

I’m all for political protest.  Unlike some recently judicially created rights, free speech and political protest is actually a fundamental right, with a long and well respected history of Constitutional protection, both at the state and federal levels.  I’ve watched, as I’m sure many have, the political upheaval and fallout from California’s citizens exercising their fundamental right to amend the constitution of their own state.   That is still a protected fundamental right isn’t it?–the right of the people to vote, to express their mandate at the ballot box.  That’s still a protected fundamental right, reserved by the people to define the social and political mandates of society?  I’ve tried to channel some thoughts in response to all this protest–in no particular order of importance: (more…)

The No on 8 proponents now revealed its Anti-Mormon religious bigotry in their latest ad:

See David’s write up over at A Soft Answer.  See also Marc’s post over at T & S.

If ever there was any question that so called “gay rights” and religious liberties are set to clash–that question has now been answered.  Don’t think that these anti-Mormon zealots won’t use the force and weight of constitutional law to shut out, marginalize and destroy those of religious persuasion—well, think again.  So, I guess its just fine to defame a Church and its missionary program for doing its job–speaking out on the moral issues of the day.

Make no mistake.  This is a cultural and religious war–one waged by anti-religious bigots and zealots who define their entire existence by their sexual lifestyle.  And, it’s being waged against those whose religious beliefs disagree that lifestyle.  No question now which side has sunk below the gutter and sewer out of which it has crawled.  Check out Daily Kos for those who so proudly claim responsibility for this slime.

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