In the days leading up to the SC Primary, the Faith and Values writer for the
Charlotte Observer posted a request for local members of the Church to be
interviewed for a column about our feelings on the race. Several of us were
interviewed for what turned out to be a well written article.The
problem was that the next Sunday we were directed from the pulpit to refer all
reporters to the Stake public relations person. I understand that only the
Church should speak for the Church but those of us that were quoted were very
clear that we only spoke for ourselves. It bugged me that they seemed overly
cautious and then there are people like "Mormon Girl" that express their
views as though they are Church doctrine when they are on the fringe.I think that we should all be more outspoken, and we would be better served if
there could be some missionary effort in the Wards to teach the members the
right way to respond (not the words to say) rather than confusing the issue.URL won't work so search "S.C. Mormons welcome spotlight"
from Jan 16 if you want to see article
Hugh, can you provide statics when you speak of lower divorce rates and higher
education? Hmmm seem to me this myth was dispelled quite a few years ago.
Good points, but thinking that journalists are in this for accuracy is a
mistake. Most publications are liberal thus they're not in the business of
making Romney likeable or mainstream and the same goes for his religion, and
anyone and anything else connected with him. As we have already seen. The
good news is conservative media is on the rise, and thus far accuracy about the
LDS Church seems to be important to them.
What bothers me is not so much how "outsiders" define Mormons but how my
fellow Mormons want to define Mormons. In the U.S. The Church is predominately
Western U.S., politically conservative, not a very "big tent."
That New York Times article that the Eyres referred to did get published. I
read it earlier this week--by a reporter named Jodi Kantor. It had a nice quote
from Richard and was generally a pretty fair and balanced article about the LDS
Church and how it shaped Mitt Romney. I agree with the Eyres though, that we
"dont have to take it anymore" and should start doing a better job of