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Published: Thursday, April 12 2012 1:37 p.m. MDT

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A Scientist
Provo, UT

Mormons are sure getting a lot of media attention in the form of apologies from people who have said things that "offend" them.

Makes me think Mormons are much better "professional victims" than even I thought they were!

Now when is Elder Jeffrey Holland and the other Mormon leaders going to apologize for offensive things said about Trinitarian Christianity in Mormon General Conference? Or for calling ALL other religions "false" and "abominations"?

The Atheist
Provo, UT

I think O'Donnell should be offended by all the Mormons who rudely refuse to accept his sincere apology.

And if there is a god, the "scriptures" would suggest that God Himself is also offended by Mormons who rudely refuse to accept O'Donnell's apology:

Doctrine and Covenants 64:34-35
"I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men."

"And again, verily I say unto you, if after thine enemy has come upon thee the first time, he repent and come unto thee praying thy forgiveness, thou shalt forgive him, and shalt hold it no more as a testimony against thine enemy—

And so on unto the second and third time; and as oft as thine enemy repenteth of the trespass wherewith he has trespassed against thee, thou shalt forgive him, until seventy times seven." (Doctrine and Covenants 98: 39-40).

(Why must an atheist be the one to remind the believers of their own beliefs, I wonder?)

codger
Southwest Utah, UT

Who is Lawrence O'Donnell?

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

Mormons in America:

One of my favorite quotes-

"Our crime has been: We married women instead of seducing them; we reared children instead of destroying them; we desired to exclude from the land prostitution, bastardy and infanticide." Essentially, that "the law is swiftly invoked to punish religion, but justice goes limping and blindfolded in pursuit of crime."

The point is that when people that know what's right and often preach it are very quick to condemn Mormons for often doing what was better in the end- meanwhile the people making such criticisms and/or their ancestors are guilty of ACTUALLY doing horrible things, supporting slavery, racism, etc.

The Book of Mormon clearly states (as it did when it was published) that God invites "all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come, black and white, bond and free, male and female...and all are alike unto God".

Eventually all blessings can be ours. It's up to us, not the Church. If we have anywhere to look with concern it is to us as a people- not a perfect God's church he establishes for us, an imperfect people.

LetsDebate
PLEASANT GROVE, UT

It requires the highest level of gullibility to accept O'Donnell's "apology" as sincere, since he has expressed his disgust toward the LDS faith on several other occasions, and his remarks were far too blatantly hateful and vicious for him to feign surprise that they could be perceived as offensive.

I'd like to see a church representative go on air with him, but the church tends to avoid casting pearls before swine, and there's no question O'Donnell's show is a sty.

TRUTH
Salt Lake City, UT

O'Donnell is one crazy white religious racist! And is A fair representative of the looney left! Which places looney LDS Libs in a precarious position? Do I support looneys like O'Donnell which is attacking my faith and god or do I jump off this Popsicle stand and get my head on straight and vote for the GOP......like all the other members of my faith, except Harry Reid ? We all know what JS would think of O'Dumbell and Obummer? Get smart and vote Romney...it's that obvious!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@atheist

Well seeing as though I couldn't care less what o'donnell thinks or says, so as a Mormon I wasn't offended in the least, I have no reason to accpet an apology from him whether it was sincere or not.

I also don't care at all what you think although I do find it fun to mock you.

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

Lawrence O'Donnell knew his statements were wrong when he said them. They had nothing to do with making a point on religious tolerance, His apology is completely bogus. He did the same thing four years ago and continued to attack Romney and his faith throughout the time Romney was in the campaign.

O'Donnell shouldn't be given the time of day. He only apologized because he began to see that it might be hurting the Obama campaign. That's is it plain and simple.

O'Donnell is a self avowed far-left/socialist and a long-time Democrat operative. He is also one of the producers of "Big Love." He has been vicious and hateful toward Mormons for a long time. His apology is completely disingenuous.

JSB
Sugar City, ID

"In his apology O'Donnell said that he is "truly sorry if I said something inaccurate about Joseph Smith,"" Not a very strong apology. There was no "if" about it. And the inaccuracy was a flat out lie. He shoud have said he is truly sorry that he lied about Joseph Smith. He's only sorry that he got negative guff about his bigotry.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@TRUTH
"O'Donnell is one crazy white religious racist"

Okay... I don't know why so many people do this but... Mormons aren't a race. You can't be racist against Mormons. Bigoted? Yes, but racist, no.

"Which places looney LDS Libs in a precarious position? Do I support looneys like O'Donnell which is attacking my faith "

Did you forget that the conservative base is full of evangelicals that hate your religion?

New Yorker
Pleasant Grove, UT

Let it go, people. 70 x 7 is pretty clear. He'll personally pay for his pettiness throughout his life until he makes a turnaround. Then, if God remembers it no more, we certainly have no need to remember it.

We certainly have no need of a pound his of flesh.

Let it go! Just let it go!

silas brill
Heber, UT

[ "truly sorry if I said something inaccurate about Joseph Smith" ]

If.

tom jr.
north ogden, uT

Mr. O'Donnell, along with Ms. Maddow, and the rest of the MSNBC sycophants of the Obama Administration, will, you can be sure, attack the Romney campaign anyway possible, and Mormonism will be fair game.

Romney envisions a return to good old fashioned capitalism and self-reliance, a 180 degree turn from the welfare/entitlement/wealth redistribution/Keynesian path this country is now on, and that vision for this country infuriates O'Donnell, a self-confessed socialist.

There will be plenty more of this stuff. Brace yourselves.

peabody
Steamboat Springs, CO

Remember Freedom of speech.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

@A Scientist

"Now when is Elder Jeffrey Holland and the other Mormon leaders going to apologize for offensive things said about Trinitarian Christianity in Mormon General Conference? Or for calling ALL other religions "false" and "abominations"?"

1. We do not apologize for telling the truth.
2. We do not accuse Protestant or Catholics of being "Non-Christians". If they claim to be Christian, that is good enough for us. The reverse is not so. I had them tell me to my face that I am not Christian.
3. Some Protestants claim Mormons are not Christian simply because we do not believe in their definition of the Trinity. Certainly our leaders are allowed to offer our side of the question.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: A Scientist Provo, UT
"Mormons are sure getting a lot of media attention in the form of apologies from people who have said things that "offend" them."

The unintended consequences of the venom spewed out about the Mormons will be that people who are sincerely seeking the truth will be more included to invite LDS missionaries into their homes.

Those who are so opposed to the LDS Church had better hope (and pray) that a Mormon isn't elected President of the USA.

wer
South Jordan, UT

Another test book example of a "non apology" apology. He is only sorry his intended criticism didn't take hold.

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

"Those who are so opposed to the LDS Church had better hope (and pray) that a Mormon isn't elected President of the USA."

And why is that?

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@peabody

People are free to say anything they want to say, that does not mean they should be free from the consequences of saying it.

Wally West
SLC, UT

re: tenx 5:57 p.m. April 12, 2012

Very christian of you?

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