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Published: Friday, March 2 2012 5:00 p.m. MST

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Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I don't know if Vai is a journalist or a blogger, but he is a fine and fair-minded writer.

The think the civil rights era is a great story. It is a story of a generation that inherited racial attitudes that were very deeply ingrained and managed to change. Only the most closed-minded individual would fail to see the progress of the last fifty years. Mormons were part of that story and we should not run away form it. Many of my students come from war-torn parts of the world where people continue to fight racial battles that started thousands of years ago. One young man pointed out to me how remarkable it is that America is capable of changing and resolving these issues rather than perpetuating them generation after generation. That is the story we should be telling.

Orem, UT

@ Heater: Nice post. Agreed. Especially the part about the Philly Cheese. Come out here and I'll buy the fry sauce!

@ Henry Drummond: Well said. Let's tell the stories of how we're doing now, not the stories that try to rationalize our past mistakes. We made them, we corrected them, and now we're trying to avoid the potential pitfalls that face us now. And we're making fine progress!

City, Ut

Having followed the progression of the quest for land/and ground breaking in Philly for a Temple the past few years, I was already familiar somewhat with President Ahmad S. Corbitt.

I had read up on him and was very heartened by what I learned, and grateful for his efforts and voice for the Church. And is now very interesting to read more about him and to read Vai's impression of him.

Thanks Vai for a great story--and more importantly, the message behind it.

City, Ut

One thing I wanted to point out was the fact that the column is called "Vai's View"

Whether he is a "journalist" according to some, or not--it is refreshing that he states what he does as his opinion and his "view".

In huge contrast to so many other so-called "journalists" who unendingly, in this "Mormon Moment" promote, pass off, or insist that what are merely their views--are actually the "facts" about Mormons.

Cougar Blue
N. Las Vegas, NV

Why the consternation of Brother Bott? He said absolutely nothing that hasn't been taught to us from day one of our existence. So you are suggesting he, and by extenssion, the rest of us hide behind a rock? Shame on you. If we taught it, and we did, and it appeared in manuals then for heaven's sake we must own up to it. But this pussyfootin' around the subject really makes us look like country bumpkins. If it's embarrassing, then it is what it is. What is more so is the wiggling around trying to get our from under the rock while maintaining a smile on our faces.

Bill in Nebraska
Maryville, MO

I feel it is time that people stop calling the ban a mistake. To see why many of you should read President Hickley's TEACHINGS and gain an understanding of what President Kimball and the Quorum of the Twelve went through to open the Priesthood to all worthy male members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. How many of you realize that racial tensions were still high in this country in 1971, just three years after the assassination of Martin Luther King in Tennessee? Did you know that all new recruits had to go to racial classes during boot camp? Check your records to see when the FIRST African American was promoted to a General/Admiral in the armed forces. Ten years after the assassination in June of 1978 is when the revelation was given to President Kimball. His predecessors all sought the same answer but received nothing compared to what happened in June 1978. As Elder Holland stated, "We don't know when it was instituted or why, but we know when it ended". It was commanded by the Lord for whatever reason. It was then reversed by the Lord for whatever reason. It is the Priesthood of God, not man therefore it is up to him who is allowed to hold that priesthood. I think this story brings this out quite well.

West Valley City, 00

I actually took a class before I went on my mission from Bro. Bott. He taught the exact opposite in his class from what he is quoted as saying. He shared experiences of why it didn't work to justify or make excuses. He even recieved a letter from Pres. Hinkley who told him not to allow his Elders to make excuses or use Mormon Doctrine. I don't know what happened during the interview. I'm sure he was recorded. He always told us to apologize and say we don't know, then to share pure testimony of what we did know. I did exactly that during my mission and the spirit did the rest. I'm not making excuses for him, but I do think that there is more to this story. I loved Bro. Bott and his class. There's a reason he has been at BYU for so long. He gives amazing lectures. If these were truly his thoughts I am sure the University would have already corrected him.

Deep Thoughts
Salt Lake City, UT

It seems like Vai spent a lot of effort touting his credentials to us as a "journalist" when he first started writing for the DN. So why he should be surprised that folks hold him to that is baffling. Whether a journalist or just an opinionated blogger, the logic flaws were pointed out by his readers. Regardless of which banner he chooses to write under, journalist or blogger, his "arguments" were simply and ridiculously flawed.

Salt Lake City, UT

Yes Vai,

As educated people, we realize that your blogs are just your opinions. We were merely stating ours: namely, that your logic regarding Norm Chow being a coaching branch of Kyle Whittingham was illogical and that you seem to have an ax to grind when it comes to Bronco Mendenhall. Most of the comments you received were to that effect. Perhaps then, it would be wise for you to think about those comments and question what it is in your blogs that have led so many of your readers to see it that way, rather than to simply dismiss us.

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