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LDS apostle under fire for civil-rights analogy

LDS apostle Dallin H. Oaks on Tuesday likened the post-Proposition 8 backlash against Mormons to the persecution blacks endured during the civil-rights struggle. Now Oaks faces a backlash himself.

"Were four little Mormon girls blown up in the church at Sunday school? Were there burning crosses planted on local bishops' lawns? Were people lynched and their genitals stuffed in their mouths?" asked University of Utah historian Colleen McDannell. "By comparing these two things, it diminishes the real violence that African-Americans experienced in the '60s, when they were struggling for equal rights. There is no equivalence between the two."

His analogy was digusting, but what caught my attention were his comments about respect and atheists. And so, I've sent a letter to the editor. Will It get published in the Tribune, I don't know. But since I know the editor at onegoodmove you get to see it here.


Dallin Oaks, Tribune October 14th said:

"During my lifetime I have seen a significant deterioration in the respect accorded to religion in our public life, and I believe that the vitality of religious freedom is in danger of being weakened accordingly," He went on to say, "Atheists and others would intimidate persons with religious-based points of view from influencing or making the laws of their state or nation."

Mr. Oaks needs to learn the difference between respect and tolerance. To respect is to consider worthy of high regard. To tolerate is to allow to be or be done without hindrance.

Dallin Oaks and the LDS Church he represents not only don’t respect the civil rights of the gay community, but they are intolerant of them as well. He amazingly accuses atheists, the most hated minority in America, of endangering religious freedom. That's like Ceaser accusing the Christians of endangering the lions.

Respect is earned. A religion that doesn’t tolerate others certainly doesn’t earn my respect. An instituion that relies on dogma rather than rational thought isn’t worthy of high regard. No religion or creed should be immune from criticism, but all of them ought to be tolerated.

Links With Your Coffee - Wednesday

  • American Street » Blog Archive » Does John McCain own the Washington Post or just their gonads?
    I think it’s the responsibility of the media to point out where candidates have changed positions, but today’s effort to do so looks like it was authored by the disgraced Karl Rove. First, it was titled to suggest Obama was a hypocrite, but the article also lists Clinton’s inconsistencies. Apparently John McCain has been a model of integrity and truthtelling because he’s not even mentioned in this too obviously partisan slash and burn attack. The WaPo writer - whose byline is deliberately excluded to protect the reputation of the propaganda pusher - represents ‘balance’ as it exists in a soul that’s obviously owned by the GOP.
  • denialism blog : Mormons Troubled By Spotlight
  • CJR: Elephant in the Studio
  • Ripping into the Bible by Maggie Ardiente
    This book has halted the intellectual advancement of humankind for centuries. But now I am free from its grasp, so I am free to do this. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word became kindling. (At this point, Campbell starts to tear the pages.) This book is not holy. It was written by a bunch of old, smelly Mesopotamians with sand in their [expletive]. Now, will anyone come up here with me to testify, and kick Jesus out of your heart? (No response from the students.) Well, I guess I’m surrounded by a bunch of superstitious, simple-minded ignoramuses.
  • Leslie Griffith | US Quietly Breaks UN Treaty
    On Friday, at a United Nations meeting in Geneva, the United States broke a series of legal promises. Keeping those promises would have proved extremely embarrassing to the United States government by pointing out that human rights abuses are being committed here at home and at US military installations abroad.
  • Prozac, used by 40m people, does not work say scientists | Society | The Guardian
    Prozac, the bestselling antidepressant taken by 40 million people worldwide, does not work and nor do similar drugs in the same class, according to a major review released today. The study examined all available data on the drugs, including results from clinical trials that the manufacturers chose not to publish at the time. The trials compared the effect on patients taking the drugs with those given a placebo or sugar pill. When all the data was pulled together, it appeared that patients had improved - but those on placebo improved just as much as those on the drugs.
  • One Nation, Indivisible - New York TimesTHE international system that has brought unprecedented prosperity to the world since 1945 is based on rules that apply without exception. This system is supposed to protect the basic, legitimate national interests of every country, whether rich or poor, strong or weak. Its binding principles include the sovereign equality of states, the respect for the territorial integrity and the inviolability of internationally recognized borders.

More Savage

The Ten Commandments are stupid. Bush thinks the basis of democracy is monotheism, forgetting the Greeks were polytheistic. John Fund thinks monotheism must be right since it's popular, name that fallacy. Dan Savage reveals that the evangelicals believe the Mormons think Jesus and Satan are brothers that 'do it,' oh my. There are lots of laughs in this segment from Real Time with Bill Maher

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Real Time w/Bill Maher
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Christopher Hitchens makes the case that Romney should answer questions about his religion.

Related: Mitt's team sets off talk of anti-LDS bias in poll
Voters who voiced concerns over alleged attacks on the faith turn out to be on Romney's campaign payroll

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