I am a college student and I'll say, most of my non-religious class-mates would
abolish religion from the Earth if they could. Very few non-religious are
actually willing to befriend people with differing views than their own.
Elder Oaks said that the attacks on religious people were undemocratic. A basic principal in a democracy is that your holding a job in a company
should not depend on your politics. If a company fired all its employees who
had donated to the Democratic Party we would be outraged. In the
same way, boycotting to force an individual out of a job for exercising their
right to participate in the Democratic process by donating money to a campaign
in favor of given legislation is totally unacceptable.
The Los Angeles Times article in some ways showed that Elder Oaks was right.
The very existence of a "Freedom From Religion Foundation" is
disturbing.Among the examples Elder Oaks cited was "the removal
of psychology students over their beliefs from colleges in Michigan and
Georgia". The Michigan case was the school I attend, Eastern Michigan
University.Here at EMU a Christian student working on a masters
degree in psychology had a case where she was going to counsel a homosexual on
his relationship. She knew that she could not in good conscience offer counsel
beyond "break up the relationship" but she also knew that would be bad
practice. So she sought advice from her supervisor. He told her to refer the
client to someone else.However after this was done the leaders of
the department wanted to force her to go through sensitivity training and then
proactively affirm that homosexual activity was acceptable, that is they,
employees of the state, sought to have her deney the teachings of her religion,
and engaged in direct mocking of her beliefs in discussions with her.The case has gone to court.
Silly me, I would have thought that the ethically progressive LA Times (and
broad-way) would have embraced with a 'warm' and 'united' enthusiasm a message
of unity and civility.Once again, progressively predictable the
progressive ethical ones shouting the loudest for ethical progression are the
ones who are log jamming the ethical progress of unity and civility....how
shockingly "transparent"!!!Time for therapy?