Friday, November 18, 2011

QUOTATION OF THE DAY (re Mormons) [NYT]

Posted: November 17, 2011;
Updated: 11 November 2012.
QUOTATION OF THE DAY. (We're not secretive. And we're not scared of what people think of us. If you don't recognize the problem, you can't solve the problem. If nobody tells you you have spinach in your teeth, how would you know? "STEPHEN B. ALLEN, who is in charge of a campaign by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to change public perceptions of Mormons. 
There is a vast difference between the "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" (or "Mormon Church") and "Mormons", just as there is between any religious institution and its individual members. Having twice been involuntarily excommunicated by Mormon Church leaders, I have a question for these leaders at all levels: Are you capable of acknowledging your potential for "unrighteous dominion"? In other words, does the Mormon Church believe its excommunication process is above reproach? 

 IMHO, this is the more important question. It's considerably more important than pointing to spinach in the teeth.

If the institution cannot respond to, let alone acknowledge, this question, as have other Christian institutions in recent years (notably the Orthodox Church in America in summer 2008), then they deserve the increasing criticism they are experiencing in the press as the presidential race brought it into the spotlight during the recent national debate.

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