Mormons & Media: LA Times' take on Elder Oaks' speech

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  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    June 16, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    I am a college student and I'll say, most of my non-religious class-mates would abolish religion from the Earth if they could. Very few non-religious are actually willing to befriend people with differing views than their own.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Feb. 8, 2011 1:53 p.m.

    Elder Oaks said that the attacks on religious people were undemocratic.

    A basic principal in a democracy is that your holding a job in a company should not depend on your politics. If a company fired all its employees who had donated to the Democratic Party we would be outraged.

    In the same way, boycotting to force an individual out of a job for exercising their right to participate in the Democratic process by donating money to a campaign in favor of given legislation is totally unacceptable.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Feb. 8, 2011 1:50 p.m.

    The Los Angeles Times article in some ways showed that Elder Oaks was right. The very existence of a "Freedom From Religion Foundation" is disturbing.

    Among the examples Elder Oaks cited was "the removal of psychology students over their beliefs from colleges in Michigan and Georgia". The Michigan case was the school I attend, Eastern Michigan University.

    Here at EMU a Christian student working on a masters degree in psychology had a case where she was going to counsel a homosexual on his relationship. She knew that she could not in good conscience offer counsel beyond "break up the relationship" but she also knew that would be bad practice. So she sought advice from her supervisor. He told her to refer the client to someone else.

    However after this was done the leaders of the department wanted to force her to go through sensitivity training and then proactively affirm that homosexual activity was acceptable, that is they, employees of the state, sought to have her deney the teachings of her religion, and engaged in direct mocking of her beliefs in discussions with her.

    The case has gone to court.

  • activ2004 Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 9:26 a.m.

    Silly me, I would have thought that the ethically progressive LA Times (and broad-way) would have embraced with a 'warm' and 'united' enthusiasm a message of unity and civility.

    Once again, progressively predictable the progressive ethical ones shouting the loudest for ethical progression are the ones who are log jamming the ethical progress of unity and shockingly "transparent"!!!

    Time for therapy?