Once in a while it's nice to take on a few issues. Here's a response to a columnist, another Mormon-bashing celebrity, media misdeeds in Honduras and Canadian journalists' FLDS misnomers.Don't you dare visit those MormonsSalt Lake Tribune columnists Rebecca Walsh's rant about calling for Utah Legislative leaders to stop visiting LDS leaders can't pass without comment. According to Walsh, such visits are a \"constitutional outrage.\" So let me get this straight. You are a better politician if you don't talk to leaders in your community, whether they be religious, elected, business or whatever. Or is that you are just better off not talking to LDS leaders? Hmmm.On the one hand, a politician who doesn't have a pulse on the community probably isn't going to make very good laws; and on the other, Walsh makes out legislative leaders to be a bunch of dupes that will follow whatever LDS leaders say. She also tries to make a big deal out of the fact the meeting was held in LDS Church offices. It's the same kind of bogus \"guilt-by-association\" argument that conservatives tried to throw at President Obama because he once had a radical activist in his home.If you follow her logic, you wouldn't make a stop at the Salt Lake Chamber because the state's largest business lobby will undoubtedly order up pro-business laws. Public officials should be talking with both the elites and regular Joes of society. I hopelegislative leaders do consider a wide outreach to different religious, racial and ethnic backgrounds both throughout the state at the Capitol. For example, I was encouraged that legislative leaders recently met with representatives of Utah's American Indian tribes.In the end, Walsh wants to deal in symbolism rather than common-sense substance.Tone deaf to celebritiesSo just how many more celebrities are out there who want to bash Mormons anytime they get in front of a microphone or cameras? I've grown weary. This time it's Samuel L. Jackson who believes Mormons are \"misinformed\" about Proposition 8, according to Fox News. Maybe they should form a Facebook group or a club where they can sit around and sing campfire songs.Media distorts story about Honduras TempleThe Catholic News Agency has been reporting about the controversy raised when the LDS Church announced plans to build its Honduras temple near a Catholic Marian sanctuary. However, the reports appear to be based on an erroneous report in the La Tribuna newspaper.With the help of Google translator, the La Tribuna reports: LDS Church authorities said Wednesday that they will not build the temple in front of the sanctuary of Suyapa so as to not clash with the Catholic Church and because the mayor denied permission. In a statement written to the newspaper a church spokesman also said that church was looking for a different place to build a temple because the church had not been given the necessary permits. The church also emphasized its respect for people of other faiths and willingness to cooperate with them.Time to write your local Canadian editorWith the recent news of arrests of polygamist FLDS adherents in British Columbia, the media continues to get it wrong. Well, it's still in vogue for Canadian journalists to use the term \"Mormon polygamists\" and \"fundamentalist Mormons.\" The Vancouver Sun,Edmonton Journal, CanWest News Service, Ottawa Citizen, Maclean's magazine and Cornwall Standard Freeholder, to name a few, used one or the other of the terms. The London-based Economist called the FLDS a \"Mormon sect.\" While U.S. media more widely uses the terms \"polygamist groups\" and \"polygamist sects,\" the Canadian scribes ought to take a look at a previous column and style requests from the LDS Church.The U.S.-based Associated Press, which bylines most of the national coverage about the FLDS, appears to have been careful to honor the LDS request and respect its own stylebook, which says splinter groups formed after the death of Joseph Smith are notproperly called \"Mormons.\" At times, the news cooperative has used the term \"self-described Mormon fundamentalist\" to try to balance the usage.
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