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A Recently Deceased Thread Has Sullied Our Religion


Mark Beesley

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A thread was recently opened and subsequently closed because it was too political. It had to do with comments attributed to one member of the Church concerning another member. When I originally read the comments in the news attributed to the first member, I thought it rather unwise to say such a thing. Looking at the story closer, it was apparent that the first member had simply been asked by a reporter if he agreed with something that had been written about the other member, and he said he did. That tended to dampen somewhat the concerns I originally had, particularly since I know how chronic misreporting is in the media.

Of more concern was the language used in the thread. There is a disturbing inability of people in this election season to maintain a sense of civility. People are too willing to express outrage and disgust rather than simply say, "I disagree." There is great diversity within the Church when it comes to politics and economics, and we need to be careful not to assume and assert that our particular take on capitalism, socialism, democracy, monarchy, and the like enjoys the imprimatur of Almighty God.

He simply wants us to love one another, and to forgive as we would be forgiven.

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I guess I don't understand: By giving a hearty "amen" to a statement trashing the integrity and worthiness of another member, one is for all intents and purposes reasserting and ratifying the trash talk.

At least that's how I've always seen it.

Please to explain the line you're drawing for me, MM.

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Of more concern was the language used in the thread. There is a disturbing inability of people in this election season to maintain a sense of civility. People are too willing to express outrage and disgust rather than simply say, "I disagree." There is great diversity within the Church when it comes to politics and economics, and we need to be careful not to assume and assert that our particular take on capitalism, socialism, democracy, monarchy, and the like enjoys the imprimatur of Almighty God.

In light of the above, it would be very interesting to know if there is great diversity of opinion in heaven when it comes to "politics and economics," and on "capitalism, socialism, democracy, monarchy." I wonder if beings who live the celestial law in the Celestial Kingdom, who know all things, are stiill at odds with one other (as members of the Church are here on earth) on questions pertaining to the proper role of earthly government, the best earthly economic system, and the best earthly system of political government. In other words, might there be a chance that debates such as these will never be settled with a clear winner even in the eternities?

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I find it doubtful that there will be such dispute in the CK.

Earthly disputes will continue to exist, especially in the Church - when preisthood leaders ignore the Church and preach their own personal philosophy that no good Mormon can belong to certain political parties nor vote for persons of political parties.

The Church has stressed it political neutrality and that good can be found in diverse parties, yet some Local priesthood leaders completely ignore that instruction from the church in order to promote their own vain ambitions.

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By giving a hearty "amen" to a statement trashing the integrity and worthiness of another member, one is for all intents and purposes reasserting and ratifying the trash talk.

This is the type of verbiage, characterizing in extreme language an otherwise rather innocuous statement, that simply fans the flames.

Please to explain the line you're drawing for me, MM.

You've apparently drawn your own lines and have no need of anyone else to draw them for you.

Why all the anger?

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