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Published: Friday, Dec. 2 2011 5:00 a.m. MST

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Y-Ask-Y?
Provo, UT

Ha! What a laugh!

I was recently involved in a Model UN competition at BYU. The countless snide, rude, degrading comments about the current President of the United States was absolutely horrifying. I thought I might have made a wrong turn and landed in Iran somewhere!

I agree with this article. We should be showing more respect for those holding public office and in positions of "public service".

But I have a snowball's hope in Las Vegas that anything will change.

What I found most fascinating is that those students spewing the most vitriol were children of several of our State Senators (names withheld out of "respect")!

bobbob1
West Jordan, Utah

AMEN! So much in our world is divided - and there are points on which we must never compromise. Yet, I believe that in the public square there are very few absolutes and only a few of those should be "deal breakers". I relish good public dialogue. I admire the man who can change his mind in the face of better information or new perspective. Isn't the very foundation of mortality that we need to "change" from who we are to who we want to become - and don't we joy in that process? Why can't we appreciate it in public life? I appreciate the reconition that most in public life are really trying to help. Thanks for the perspective!
Bob

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dr.bridell
mclean, VA

I like that this article is aimed at what we teach our children. We can only hope that the next generation will be less cynical and less divided politically than this one is!
And yes, why not assume that those who run for office actually want to serve the public and are not only a bunch of power hungry charlatans who will say anything they have to, and make any deals they can to get elected.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'And we should teach all those things by our own good examples.' - Article

*'Trump on Obama's Birth Certificate: 'Maybe It Says He's a Muslim' - Fox Nation - 03/30/11

*'Fox News host: Romney not Christian' - By Hal Boyd, Deseret News - 07/17/11

Flip side:

*'Ga. counseling student in court over view on gays' - By Greg Bluestein - AP - Published by the DSNews - 11/29/11

'Correia said Keeton also told her professors she would tell ANY clients who said they were gay that:

homosexuality is morally wrong.'

*'GOP state legislator: Homosexuality worse than terrorism' - By David Ferguson - Talking Points Memo - 09/10/11

*'Republican Debate Audience Boos Gay Soldier Stephen Hill After DADT Repeal Question' - By Jason Linkins - Huffington Post - 09/23/11

*'Silent LGBT protest sparks crude comment' - By Mohammad Allam - The Daily Utah Chronicle - 02/16/10

I can't even REPEAT what Rick Votaw said.

We have failed.

And we CONTINUE to fail to hold those who Boo and spit on people they disagree with...

responsible, for thier actions.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

*'Gays greatest threat to America, Buttars says' - By Aaron Falk - DSnews - 02/19/09

*'Sen. Orrin Hatch utters profanity about President Obama's health care reform' - By Jamshid Ghazi Askar - DSNews - 03/01/11

* 'Dr. Laura's N-Word Rant: Radio Host Apologizes For Offensive Language' - Danny Shea - Huffington Post - 08/12/10
'Dr. Laura Schlessinger has apologized after a shocking rant on her radio show this week during which she said the n-word 11 times over the course of five minutes.'

*'Brewer Finally Backpedals: I Was Wrong About Headless Bodies' 09/04/10 - By Ben Frumin - Talking Points Memo

*'Fox Host Glenn Beck: Obama Is A "Racist" - Huffington Post - 07/08/09

*'Congressman Yells 'You Lie' at Obama During Speech' - 09/10/09 - Fox News

LDS
Cedar City, UT

The Eyres are advising exactly what the LDS General Authorities are teaching. Inclusion, tolerance and being careful with judgement of others. In today's world and in the Worldwide Church we must recognize people come from all persuasions, cultures, economic strata and upbringing. We no longer live in a 19th century or 20th century world or Church.

We can be good role models of what Christ taught. In His ministry He included Roman soldiers and officials (like Matthew), Samaritans, Gentiles, Pharisees and all others. Certainly politicians within our own country should be respected and supported. If we can't do that, then we aren't ready to include all the billions far different than us.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

"One of the best things we can teach our children is to be genuine and open-minded the opposite of cynical and partisan. And we should teach them to trust and look for the positive in people rather than to assume that others always have selfish personal motives. We should even teach our kids to try to respect and appreciate viewpoints that are different from their own"

Can't teach the children without teaching adults first. As a former LDS member who is liberal I had a fairly significant number of instances of people saying I was going against the prophet or aligned with satan with regards to some of my political positions. A Gallup poll found that 8% of all U.S. LDS members are liberal and 20% of inactive LDS members are liberal while the overall inactivity rate is 21%. You can calculate 50% LDS liberal inactivity; political conflict probably plays a role in some of that.

I don't mean to pick on the LDS church with that, it's just my personal experience reference; I'm sure all churches that have a strong majority of members as part of either political leaning have that problem too.

LDS
Cedar City, UT

To ATL134...
You said "A Gallup poll found that 8% of all U.S. LDS members are liberal and 20% of inactive LDS members are liberal"

You make an excellent point. Practically all LDS members were raised during the late 20th century. Their indoctrination was strongly conservative and inflenced by the Church's reaction to the '60s rebellion, the still-US majority of members and publications such as Mormon Doctrine and the xxThousand Years.(by the way, I'm a 62 year old convert from 1976).

Now we live in the next century, which may seem like the next millineum to old timers. President Hinkley, and even more so President Monson, have pointed us toward the greater light of acceptance, tolerance, openess and less political leaning.

It will take some time for the 4 million or so of us western-US members to accept these changed world views.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

*'Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails - By Faiz Shakir - Think Progress - 01/20/09

'Limbaugh told his listeners (sic) So Im thinking of replying to the guy, Okay, Ill send you a response, but I dont need 400 words, I need four:
I hope he (Obama) fails.

*'GOP official apologizes for Obama chimp email' - By GILLIAN FLACCUS - AP - 04/19/11
'Calif. woman sends 'birther' message with photo of president's face on chimpanzee's body'

*'Furor over Obama zombie image' - DAVID BOROFF - NY Daily News - 11/01/11

'A Virginia county GOP committee found itself in hot water after using an image of President Obama with a bullet through his head...'


*'Are Mormons like Zombies?' - By Joseph Walker - Deseret News 11/08/11

'Is being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the religious equivalent of being a zombie?'

These comparisons are unacceptable to me.

atl134 | 12:25 p.m. Dec. 2, 2011,

Do you have the date and more information of that Poll please?

I find that very interesting.

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