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Is Mormon bashing an acceptable prejudice?

June 01, 2012
source: Inside Higher Ed

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It was a fairly typical lunch at an academic conference in the East after the New Hampshire primary in 2008. There was a smattering of endowed professorships and international reputations at the table, perhaps eight academics in all.

Along with the sweet tea and penne pasta came the inevitable skewering of George W. Bush.

"Never has a president experienced such horrible poll approval numbers in the midst of a war," one professor quipped.

"That is, if you overlook Harry Truman," I interjected into an uncomfortable silence.

It was going to be that kind of meal.

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Comments 8 comments

kippers2222 said...

09:52 AM
on Jun 02, 2012

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Why is okay for Mormons to bash against gays yet it is wrong to bash Mormons, I call those in the Mormon church that do bash gays a bunch of Hippocrates

vasper said...

12:16 PM
on Jun 02, 2012

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Just Because "Mormons" Strongly Express Views Opposite To The LGT Movement Doesn't Equate Them As Being Hippocrates.--It's ALWAYS Okay For The LGT Movement To SCREAM LOUDLY When Another's Views,No Matter Who Speaks,Don't Coincide With Their Own.This Is Hippocracy In Its Highest Form.

kippers2222 said...

02:12 PM
on Jun 02, 2012

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Why is the Mormon church and some of its people, so offended when "bashed" by other people, that are against their position on gay marriages, and gay people's rights. I'm a Mormon and gay, and I am extremely offended that my church "bashes" and refuses to respect all of me as a person, including my sexual orientation that is part of my human rights.

smallpin said...

02:36 PM
on Jun 02, 2012

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We don't bash anyone. You clearly don't understand what we believe. I'd suggest you talk to your bishop or stake president to clarify what we teach, there isn't the space here to explain.

kippers2222 said...

03:13 PM
on Jun 02, 2012

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My point is the church is against gay marriages and gay rights, Maybe the word "bash" is a bit harsh. I know what the church teaches. And your advice to talk to the bishop or stake president would be an excommunication for me. I have been in loving and supporting same sex relationship for 7years now. And guess what we haven't had sex for 2 years now. So same sex marriages is no different than a hetro marriage, (i.e. like after a few years in a hetro marriage the sex goes down but they are still a loving couple). If you met and knew of us being 2 middle age men in a loving relationship and you would see that we act just like hetro marriage couples.

heartsongs said...

05:27 PM
on Jun 02, 2012

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@kippers2222 We fought a war in heaven for you to have the freedom to make your own choices. And indeed you are free to love whom ever you choose, live your life how ever you choose, and make any and all decisions however you choose. You are not however free to pick the consequence. Just remember it does follow every choice you make. Nobody says you have to like God's laws, nobody says you have to follow them but, if you don't like them don't take it out on the church, they didn't make them. God did. Take it up with him personally. Homosexuality is wrong. The church doesn't bash anyone. Remember, God made the law. Not man. By your comments it would appear that you think our Father in Heaven is wrong on this matter. Hmmm.....

heartsongs said...

05:31 PM
on Jun 02, 2012

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People have been bashing Mormons since the church was organized. As evil increases I don't suspect the prejudice will stop anytime soon, or at least not until the Lord comes again. Won't that be an amazing day when he does!

sweetcarol126 said...

11:46 PM
on Jun 02, 2012

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I look at "bashing" as saying something about which you have incorrect information. Many bash the church for things that are not accurate but only what someone told them or from what they hear of apostate groups or the "fundamentalists" who are not members of the church. Therefore, we do not have more than one living spouse at a time, not multiple marriages. If something is said that is false then we are bashing. There are still some main differences between religions or from a religion and a practice. Each may state their opinions on those issues and it is not bashing but making a statement of opinion. At least try to see the good things about our lifestyle. We are good family members as a group; we have a work ethic and believe in hard work; we believe in being honest; we believe in helping others. Do you have a problem with those things? Do you feel the same way? If so, we have a connection. Some of our beliefs may be different from other churches. We believe in a godhead of three members: father, son and holy ghost and they are not one in person, but one in unity and in thought. When Christ was on the cross, he prayed to his father in heaven so the two were not the same. When being baptised there was Christ being baptised and the voice from heaven which was the father and the form of the dove representing the Holy Ghost. They were 3 personages, not just one. In fact, even though other churches may profess to believe in one being and that being is all three thoughts, Father Son and Holy Ghost in one bing, the membership of their churches don't believe that doctrine. I've had some tell me so. While they remain in their churches, they don't believe many of the precepts. We do believe in the Father who is our Father in heaven, in Jesus Christ, who is our brother and our Savior, and the Holy Ghost who testifies of the Savior and helps us return to our Heavenly Father. We believe in revelation, too, both for ourselves and that we have a prophet who receives revelation for the church. If they say, "thus sayeth the Lord" then that is revelation from the Lord. But God doesn't always tell us everything right now. We will know eventually.
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