Otis and Thinkman: It is clear that you didn't even read the article
before commenting. This is the type of thing the church is getting tired of. So
many in the media are not willing to do any research (and I mean ANY research)
or fact checking. The "Mormon Moment" to them apparently means that they
only need to check for errors in their stories for a moment (a VERY brief
moment). I have been astonished at how lazy (or completely indifferent to the
truth in some cases) the press has been in its reporting. Otterson is simply
saying that more than a moment is needed here. He is inviting the press to take
some time to get it right.
Otis you flat out missed the point of the article with your response
Did we read the same piece? This is not about the Church's disdaining
attention; it's about the Church's asking for reporters to gain more in-depth
and up-to-date information. It's a request for substance over superficiality.
"The church should welcome this outside scruitiny. After all, we have
nothing to hide, right?" Right, we have nothing to hide, but this has gone
way past common decency. No one is learning anything because it is all
speculation and the throwing around of twisted prejudices. There is no good
direction that this is taking, but only political advantage for those who are
throwing the jabs. I do not see anyone correcting their missinformation.
I thought the LDS church wants everyone to know about them. Else why are they
sending 60,000 missionaries out to get converts? Why also the "Why I'm a
Mormon" campaign and other aggressive PR campaigns they are conducting? Do
they not like the attention on their history and eye-brow raising past?
The Church should welcome all of this outside scrutiny. After all, we have
nothing to hide, righ? We should want all of the attention so we can use this
as a a missionary tool, right?
This official statement is the exact thought that popped into my mind when I
first heard the 'mormon moment' phrase over a year ago.It is also
the thoughts of all members of the church as we see an incredulous media groping
for comprehension of the reality of the restoration of the Church of Jesus
Christ in the latter days.
Agreed, and I never agree with this guy. A sound byte can not sum up the Mormon
faith and tradition. Nor can a bunch of people unqualified to talk about
doctrine. But we live in a world of sound bytes, so move on and something
new will take the church's place on our airwaves.