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I was surfing YouTube and happened upon this James the Mormon channel.  He's apparently a rap artist -- but it's not the kind of rap that curdles yer brain, and on the About page he writes: "I'm not a rapper."  Not gangsta, in other words.  So it's rap but isn't rap.  Sounds a bit like rap -- rhyming and the beat is rap, but whatever.  It's actual music.  I kind of like it.  Which perhaps says something, because I am no fan of this style of music.

Here's a music video featuring David Archuleta:

 

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His motivation album was the number one hip-hop album on iTunes a while back. He's doing reasonably well for himself. Also responded to Tyler Glenn's "Trash" song/video with a song called "Treasure." Unfortunately the exmo community pounced on him, led out by Dehlin, until he and James had a conversation wherein James explained his intentions to spread love for all people.

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On August 25, 2016 at 1:37 PM, halconero said:

His motivation album was the number one hip-hop album on iTunes a while back. He's doing reasonably well for himself. Also responded to Tyler Glenn's "Trash" song/video with a song called "Treasure." Unfortunately the exmo community pounced on him, led out by Dehlin, until he and James had a conversation wherein James explained his intentions to spread love for all people.

The woman who is blogging for him (good writer) explains the motivation here:

http://www.jamesthemormon.com/blog/2016/6/5/one-big-missunderstanding

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There is a trend among what I call "New Wave Progressiveism" to look for perceived insult and jump on it immediately en masse. There tends to be no attempt to engage the offending party in dialogue or debate, but a "go get 'em boys" mentality. I'm not ignorant of the fact that those of other social, political, or religious mindsets can do the same, but it seems to be especially prevalent among this group. New Wave Progressives also seems to make up the most vocal group of exmormons currently. They could be contrasted with exmormons on this board like Valentinus or Five Solas who, even in their disbelief, are unlikely to either participate or advocate the same group doxxing practices of this group. Despite the public image he portrays, I've seen too many instances of Dehilin and his group on private message boards, his podcast, or in public using inflammatory language, posting private info, or using vocabulary and language used to denigrate opponents.

You see the same fight occurring on the Left in Canada between the NDP's old labour base, made up of small-town Fabian socialists, scrappers, humanitarian workers, etc and the Leap Manifesto new-Marxist Academics. I don't want to paint the latter in broad strokes, but even so they remind me very much of the Dehlin-style mentality of "take offence when offence is intended, take offence when it isn't intended, look for offence when there is no offence to be found, and to hell with the other side."

Anyways, that's my rant, and I apologize for diverging from the thread's topic. I've spoken with James before. A very kind man with his own story of hardship. His songs are always meant to inspire and lift everyone, and encourage them to do the same with their fellow man.

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