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Thank You, Brother Daniel Peterson, For Posting This Update On Elizabeth Smart And The Law Of ChastityBy Darren10
As was brought to the attention here on Mormon Dialogue, Joanna Brooks cited Elizabeth Smart's "own words" to depict a highly negative spotlight on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As Brother peterson writes:
So far as I know, the "remaks" were made by Joanna Brooks 9either originating the negative LDS issue or perpetuating from other sources) who cited Smart during her (Smart's) speech at John Hopkins University regarding human trafficking. Like Brother Peterson, I was a bit dumbfounded as my upbringing in the LDS Church never lead me anywhere near believing that a person who was raped was worthless or undesirable. To the contrary, my LDS view of God above is that of mercy, pain, love, and unconditional acceptance of their personal worth before Him of any of his daughters who was raped during mortality.
Brother Peterson links his post to an article written by, if I'm not mistaken, Andrea Watcott, at "createwritebalance"'s website. Whatcott writes (bold mine):
After looking into the allegations of Elizabeth Smart not escaping her rapist due to a felling of unworthiness via the chastity standards set forth by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Whatcott reports:
YES!!! that is the LDS message. That no matter the extent of Elizabeth Smart's horrific ordeal being captive, she was of great worth and knew her parents would unconditionally love her and accept her.
Brotehr Peterson points out that Elizabeth Smart has recovered "remarkably well", served a full-time LDS mission in France and is sealed in the temple. Like Brother Peterson, I find this hardly evidence that her church rendered her a helpless victim of rape.
Frankly, I find Joanna Brooks, of which I have agreed many times regarding LDS issues, as an example of how certain feminist agenda can warp one's view to see things that do not exist. In this case, Brooks bore false witness against the LDS church.
Daniel Peterson's post: A Much-Needed Correction regarding Elizabeth Smart and Church Teachings Regarding Chastity, Abstinence, and Rape
createwritebalance link: Don’t believe everything you read in the news
Direct link to Elizabeth Smart's speech as already linked in one of my above citations: http://foxbaltimore.com/news/features/raw-news/stories/elizabeth-smart-speaks-at-johns-hopkins-human-trafficking-forum-486.shtml#.UYhPJ7WG32u
It's discouraging to see that public understanding of Mormonism is so little changed, especially how almost 50% of people know "little to nothing" about our faith. Was the "I'm a Mormon" campaign all for naught? Is our faith really so hard to understand, or do people just not care very much? How much of a factor is critical information on the internet? And we continue to be caricatured or lampooned (i.e. The Book of Mormon musical). I would have hoped for something better, but we are still a young faith, and that probably plays a factor in it, too. Thoughts?