LDS similar to other faiths in need for both reason, belief

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  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    June 26, 2012 9:16 a.m.

    The sidebar teaser for this article read like this:

    "LDS similar to other faiths in need for..."

    And immediately upon reading it the thought that snapped into my head was, "My money."

    Seriously - you think that an all-powerful, omni-present, all-knowing super-being, the timeless creator of everything in the universe, _really_ needs my money?

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    June 25, 2012 9:10 a.m.

    If you were to count all the things religion did to cause harm, then you must also count all the things religion did to cause good. I daresay good things will far outnumber the bad.
    Religion is a tool, just like other social institutions, and can be wielded for good or evil depending on who is at the helm. The crusades 100s of years ago was much more complicated than saying we all kill for Christ, anyone that says otherwise hasn't even touched a history book on the subject I daresay.

  • Larry Lawton Wan Chai, Hong Kong
    June 25, 2012 2:00 a.m.

    Some folks have managed to do a lot of real harm without discernable religion. From here in Asia, Mao and Pol Pot come to mind. This does not diminish the shameful harm caused in the name of religion, but seems to contridict those who hold that religion is the cause of all the world's ills.

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    June 23, 2012 5:36 a.m.

    The need to belong is really strong. The "culture" of any particular religion is the draw to its membership and participation. That feeling of being a part of something makes for a very powerful bond where much is said and done in the name of religion.
    Conviction makes adversaries out of everyone that is not the same. It's a sad commentary on organized religion.
    I "belong" to the human race and do my best to do a good job of it by caring, laughing, smiling and helping. I'll leave the "cultures" to themselves. They seem to have a lot to worry about on their own.

  • Commonman HENDERSON, NV
    June 22, 2012 8:25 p.m.

    Dear LValfre,

    True enough, but again, one must first determine whether the acts of violence are inspired by or in spite of the ideology. Then, of course, one must define "real." Please, feel free to explain your definition of reality.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    June 22, 2012 3:58 p.m.


    Any ideology that can influence people to conduct real acts of violence, under unreal beliefs, is potentially dangerous for any society. By unreal beliefs I mean things we can't prove, show, or that can tangibly affect things. A bullet is very real .... but if it's coming through the rifle of someone's faith to a questionable and unreal source of faith .... that's a very scary thought.

    Keep your faith to yourself and don't let it affect the real things in life.

  • Commonman HENDERSON, NV
    June 22, 2012 3:41 p.m.

    Dear LDS Liberal,

    Did the majority of those in the religions mentioned participate in overt acts of Holy War or killing in the name of God? Is it possible that those who did actually participated in spite of their religious doctrine rather that because of it?

    History is not simple, cut or dried. Have non-religious persons participated in wars and killing in the name of an ideology? Did they do it in spite of or because of the ideology? Perhaps a comparison of the number of dead in such conflicts, religious and ideological might be a more fruitful way to look at this.

  • Joebudday Rolla, MO
    June 22, 2012 12:52 p.m.

    "We would do a lot better to judge Mormonism – and for that matter, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the left – by their fruits. And if we do, the religion of the Republican presidential candidate looks pretty good."

    100% agree with this article. I am a recent convert to the church and grew up attending "Church of Christ". My family had a hard time with it all and were full of the same mis-conceptions that I read on here everyday. I just kept telling them to look at the good the LDS church does and that if the LDS Church brings me closer to Jesus and Heavenly Father than I have ever been in my life then be happy for me.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    June 22, 2012 12:02 p.m.

    Religions – ALL Religions, would do well to just Live their Religions;
    Peace, Love and Harmony.

    They lose credibility not over Doctrinal issues – but via such things as Holy Wars or killing in the name of God.
    I don’t think anything can be more blasphemous.

    Jews. Muslims and Christians are all guilty of it at one time or another.
    Even us Mormons have our own 9/11 to content with – 1857… Mountain Meadows.