First it was James Dobson's Focus on the Family which pulled an innocuous Christmas sweater story written by Glenn Beck. Then it was nationally syndicated radio host Delilah who pulled her children out of a school which used a book written by Stephen Covey. Now it's critics of Liberty University who don't like the fact the school invited Beck to speak at the school's commencement.

Beck and Covey's fatal flaw? They happen to be LDS and somehow their philosophies taint their work. Those that preach and practice such intolerance toward Mormons definitely fit the definition of blind bigotry: "The stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one's own."

News that Glenn Beck will deliver a commencement address at the university begun by evangelical Jerry Falwell apparently created a stir. The Lynchburg, Va. News and Advance reports Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. saying in a news release, "Beck is one of the few courageous voices in the national media standing up for the principles upon which this nation was founded."

Falwell declined to comment on the decision to bring Beck to Liberty but issued the following statement to the paper: "Traditionally at Liberty University we have held a baccalaureate ceremony and a commencement ceremony. The baccalaureate ceremony always includes a gospel message brought by someone who is in complete theological alignment with the university. Commencement, however, has always featured leaders from all walks of life and all faiths who share the university's social values and traditional family values. Commencement speakers have included representatives from the following faiths: Roman Catholicism, Judaism, mainline Protestant denominations such as the Episcopal Church, and even some speakers with no religious affiliation at all."

The paper reported that Liberty University's Facebook page recorded mixed reviews about the announcement, particularly in regards to  Beck's faith. A look at the page Tuesday found that any reference to the Beck announcement was gone.

The decidedly anti-Mormon Christian Post quoted evangelical bloggers about their concerns about having a Mormon speak. The online site wrote:

"With Liberty's commencement about three weeks away, the school's announcement Friday is expected to fuel many more debates on Mormonism and whether or not evangelicals should align with like-minded (though theologically different) Mormons in the social arena amid America's moral decline."

Thankfully, Liberty University is sticking with its decision. Gee, you'd think Mormons were subhuman or something and incapable or unworthy to mix with evangelicals on common issues. Blessed be those who see past the labels and count people for their worth. I don't necessarily agree with much of what Glenn Beck does or says, but I do agree that no Latter-day Saint should be discriminated against solely on the basis of his or her faith. Of course, ask former presidential candidate Mitt Romney all about that.

A different opinion about temple marriage

The Arizona Republic got LDS attention March 29 article when a reporter focused on the disappointment and angst of a Catholic mom when she couldn't attend the marriage of her son in the Mesa LDS Temple. Another, non-Mormon mom has written a column in the Republic expressing her joy at the marriage of her daughter in the Mesa Temple the same day. Lisa Selk wrote:

"The Mormon Church is not there to see people suffer or live unhappy lives in trying times. It is there to help and do everything it can to have a positive outcome. When (daughter) Nicole recently got married, it was such a happy time. She married a returned missionary who had just gotten home from Russia. I have never seen her happier. The fact that we could not attend the ceremony inside the temple did not make me sad! It never once went through my mind while standing outside the temple that 'I wish I was in there.' knew that this day, being sealed in the temple, was something she always dreamed of. How could I be anything but happy for the two of them? It's not about 'us.' It's about them and what it is they want from now through eternity."