Jeff Byrd from Sacramento writes in the USA Today letters to the editor section about anti Semitism and anti Mormonism. I don’t know about the hypocrisy angle Jeff talks about in his letter; but, I certainly agree with him, and have for ages, that Americans should be just as intolerant of anti Mormon conduct and speech as they are of anti Semitic conduct and speech. Specifically, Jeff refers to the Sacramento Temple open houses ongoing:
I am writing to point out that while actor/director Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic remarks were wrong, America’s reaction to them is hypocritical (” Mel Gibson in firestorm of bad publicity,” Life, Tuesday).
I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Without exception, at every public event that the Mormon Church sponsors, protesters are sure to be there. What are they protesting? Our religion.
They might be exercising their right to free speech, but their goal is to deny us our freedom to practice our religion. Shouldn’t all Americans be as outraged over anti-Mormonism as over anti-Semitism?
Have the Jews been persecuted even to the point of attempted extermination? Yes, they have.
Have the Mormons been persecuted to the point of death? Yes, we have. Even the governor of Missouri in 1838 signed our “extermination” order.
As I write this letter, I am preparing to attend a public open house of our new temple in Sacramento. There will be protesters against my actions. I would hope America feels the same way about their anti-Mormon hate as they do about anti-Semitism.
Jeff Byrd, Sacramento
I don’t know whether any of the typical anti Mormon evangelical crowd has actually shown up at any of the Sacramento Temple open houses; but, I’d love to hear from any who have actually attended an open house what their experience was. Previous posts on this topic are here, and also here.
Good point Jeff Byrd. Thanks for bringing it again to light in the national press. And, if you’re reading, please let us know how it went at the Sacramento Temple open house.
Update 9:25 p.m. In re-reading Dave’s (DMI) post linked above I came across a very powerful comment there by manean, which is a quote by B.H. Roberts on the topic of past and the then current anti Mormon activites of his day. The link is here, and is well worth reading as well!