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Published: Thursday, Sept. 12 2013 9:40 a.m. MDT

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American Fork, UT

Raise your kids to think for themselves, and let them become the person they are. It may not be who you want, but it probably won't be anything Cyrus, either. Her entire life has been one of public, schlocky exploitation.

BYU Track Star
Los Angeles, CA

Today's Blog commentary on a Hollywood scandal dujour needs to be timely in order to be meaningful. Today's blog fails this relevancy measure. America's attention span has a half-life of that of a fruit-fly's life. Let's say 12-hours at most. d'affair Miley Cyrus is what two or three weeks old now?

That being said, America now is more concerned over whether POTUS is going to unleash the Dogs of War on Syria. If timelyness is not an issue, then we all should be really worked up over what John Lennon said in the 1960s about the Beatles being more popular than Jesus Christ. Now, I don't recommend having Hannah Montana DVD burning parties like our 60s counterparts burned Beatles records, that would only encourage her to seek more lurid attention seeking behavoirs.


Deseret News may just be getting around to posting this blog article, but it's been floating around social media for a couple of weeks now.

Prescott, AZ

Certainly this was a rather fuzzy-warm letter to her daughter; however, what I find lacking in churches is the political-correctness and failure to criticize and condemn the blatant debauchery of Miley Cirus. Is it God honoring not to judge under such circumstances? It is better to please God than man, and Christendom should be in unison crying for decency in the media and entertainment industry. It is just such neglect on our part that permits this trash and anti-Christ entertainment. If Christian would do their duty and demand decency and not hesitate to proclaim publicly that this type of alleged entertainment is pure debauchery. What kind of example are se setting for our children if we fail to speak out on behalf of Christ and his directives? Jesus whipped in the temple. We as a nation have failed in our Christian perspective of God's law, and failed Him by failing to do our duty to Him. God is going to get very angry with us, and He is going to bring this nation to it's knees if we do not repent as a nation. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

cottonwood heights, UT

Entertainment is a business. I do not know what her motivations are behind this performance. She could be thinking that this attention getting will bring her more fans and more money. After all it got the Deseret News to write this article. Shock news translates to free publicity which can be a bonus. She could be saying I am a grown up girl now. She has the right to market herself the way she wants and we have the right to tune her out.

BYU Track Star
Los Angeles, CA

For those D-News subscriber parents who really want to erase all traces of Miley Cyrus's existence from their kids reality, here is a tecnological solution. I just saw this on Yahoo news:

A new extension for Google’s Chrome browser called No Cyrus will block any mention of “Miley Cyrus, twerking and her other ridiculous words,” the developer claims. The plug-in scans any pages loaded in your browser and censors out the targeted keywords by replacing them with a series of number signs (or hashtags, for the Twitter set).

So the take away of this is: No Cyrus, No temption to sin, ergo No Sin by your Children.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Miley Cyrus is an example of exploitation and Capitalism.
Like a hooker, drug dealer, bank robber or any other vice --
she wouldn't do what she does without the money.

You can have anything in this world - for money.

Castle Rock, CO

I hate reading commentary like this. When people say "Be Righteous" and then go and put down others (Miley in this instance) for falling short of THEIR perspective of what happiness is or how people should act. I want to take my two daughters and flee from a faith and perspective that encourages people to make these sorts of comments about people.

I need to stop reading articles like this. They just upset me by how much people project their world view onto other people.

Springville, UT

Miley's objective was to stir up attention. And to continue the dialogue is exactly what she wants. Please drop it.

the truth
Holladay, UT

@LDS Liberal

Its NOT about Capitalism. Liberals, socialist, progressives, the left, are just greedy as anyone, users of people, they are no different.


It's not about who or what they are, any one can be the lowest common denominator, act on their natural desires and wants and needs. It is about what you can become, rising above the natural self. If you are not taught a higher way of thinking and doing then what good is thinking for yourself? Even animals can think for themselves.

Heber City, UT

Dear Diary...I hope everyone will think I am righteous.

GK Willington
Salt Lake City, UT

re: MapleDon

Agreed. Ignore her & her ilk and they will go away.

Salt Lake City, UT

re: the truth

Agreed. Its about human nature or nurture. Either way, it has nothing to do w/ political philosophy.

Orem, UT

Good, sensible approach. You can't please everyone though. Interesting that the author is criticized on almost back-to-back responses for being too judgmental (BYUColorado) and not judgmental enough (Paddycakes).

Judging publicly is usually not productive, nor is unfettered tolerance. Tough to find a middle ground on these boards...

Salt Lake City, UT

So true Zed...middle ground is what we need. Miley Cyrus's behavior is probably a result of many things. But we need to remember that not one "group" or behavior is responsible. I know there are many "liberals" and others that would not approve of her behavior in this, because being on the "Left" or "Liberal" doesn't necessarily have anything to do with bad behavior. I lean to the left of the political spectrum, but I would never think this to be okay behavior or would I advise it. However, I also know that many people practicing these types of behaviors are trying to make a statement and I think she's gotten the attention that she was seeking. It would be best to ignore it now.

Beverly Hills, CA

We are ALL sinners and beggars before God. None of use, me, you , no one is better than anyone else. We will all answer for our own sins of pride and selfishness. I am not going to exploit Miley Cyrus to make a point to my kids. I will teach them to think for themselves and be concerned about their own behavior, not how much better they are than others.

Pride of self righteousness comes before the fall.

Eldersburg, MD

Wow, interesting comments about the author and the article content. The theme of this article is not "look at me, I'm righteous and Miley Cyrus should be condemned".

Rather, as Latter Day Saints and Christians, we strive be an example unto the world of a different standard that strives to become more like our role model, the Savior Jesus Christ. The world and American culture is fast becoming the mark of unbridled hedonism. But, God has clearly stated those who devote themselves to Christ and the building up of God's kingdom on the earth are to be in the world, but not of it.

There is heartfelt concern the author has for the true reflection of Miley Cyrus in the mirror, which is one of insecurity, sadness, anger, and confusion because she abandoned moral associations that were once an influence in her childhood, despite the Hollywood lights from her father's fame and Disney success. It is a maternal plea for Cyrus to take a step back and examine her life before greater consequences occur. It is a loving invitation to see things as they really are and abandon the current course before it becomes too late.

Los Angeles, CA

Self-righteousness is vanity.

Logan, UT

There sure are a lot of self righteous comments condemning people for being self righteous.

But seriously, I think the dialogue is important. I don't believe the author or the comments are saying that Miley is a worthless piece of trash or that she is forever a lost soul but they are saying that her actions have been terrible. Miley even admits her life is a mess. What makes this even more serious is that so many young women have looked to her as an example.

Blessed to be LDS
Alberta, 00

BYUCOLORADO....satan would hate a blog like this also, it is meant to show a young girl how to be virtuous and beautiful all at once. I always thought that playing the devils advocate was a role only for the devil.

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