Your hateful screeds against the standing president of our nation, lawfully elected (whether you agree with his politics or not) linked with the implication that those who disagree with you are unworthy somehow has driven my decision to drop your blog from mormonblogs. Good luck with your ventures. Your target audience is not one we desire at mormonblogs. My feeling would be the same if this were a left-wing blog calling members unworthy who watch Glenn Beck.
No hard feelings I hope.
No hard feelings I hope.
I wish to give rebuttal to this statement. Not in hopes of getting admitted back on to their blog listing because if this blog is not welcome then perhaps it is not the right place for our site anyway. But the principles at play here seem to be unsettling and therefore I wish to make comment - after all this blog is a blantant giving of my opinion and those who chose to participate.
Being accused of standing opposed to an elected president is not a violation of the 12th article of faith. Nor do I feel it righteous or morally agreeable to stand idly by and allow for the prophetically declared inspired constitution to be trampled, abused, or disregarded by the leaders of this country. Where moral and political opposition is felt, we are encouraged to voice our opinions. The church's involvement in Prop. 8 in California is proof that we as members of the church are to take an active role in standing up for moral principles in our society. Priesthood holders are instructed to be the leaders that this society needs by standing up for the teachings of the church in all our endeavors.
In the article posted Saturday November 28th 2009 discussing an individuals temple worthiness against support of two ideals, abortion and homosexuality, evidence was given to support that both the democratic party and our current president stand in opposition to the church in what I consider to be significant and clear doctrinal principles. I made it very clear that it is not support of the president or the democratic party alone that is a violation of temple worthiness, but support of the principles that these two entities espouse that actively defy the doctrines of the church.
Speaking against the president is not a new thing by members of the church nor do I consider it a violation of christ-like behaviors. Christ himself spoke out against Ceasar, Pilate, and other social and political leaders in his day. Sadducee's, Publicans, and Pharisees, even professors of other religions were constantly denounced and were counseled to repent. Joseph Smith once said of President Van Buren, "he is so much a fop or fool (for he judged our cause before he knew it) we could find no place to put truth into him. We do not say the Saints shall not vote for him, but we do say boldly.... that we do not intend he shall have our votes." He then later stated on a trip home from meeting with the president, "On my way home I did not fail to proclaim the iniquity and insolence of Martin Van Buren, toward myself and an injured people. May he never be elected again to any office of trust or power. (the president) Was not as fit as my dog, for the chair of state; for my dog will make an effort to protect his abused and insulted master, while the present chief magistrate will no so much as lift his finger to relieve an oppressed and perecuted community of freemen."
With regards to the "punishing" of other blogs in a similar fashion were they left wing blogs demonstrating a point of view contrary to the MormonBlog directory, I have to say, that this is a statement of hypocrisy and a double standard that I will hold no reservation speaking against. I have visited other blogs listed on MormonBlogs and found that they not only spoke out strongly against George W. Bush in his presidency, but have spoken out against the church directly. Many of the "left-wing" or liberal blogs listed on the site have openly declared that they find fault with the church. Yet, they continue to be listed. We have spoken in support of the church and with respect to the blog article in question by Angela, the article is a denouncement of principles that should be morally offensive to all church members. I have not made the judgment call that individuals are not worthy, the brethren have been clear in making that distinction. My post is simply a repeat of that information. "Church members who submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for such abortions may lose their membership in the Church."
So to disagree with the information in this post and to the degree that you feel that a statement regarding a judgment on church membership from the church itself is not inline with the feelings of the MormonBlog directory, then perhaps the site should have its name changed. As the "Mormon Church" feels that individuals who support these causes are unworthy of a temple recommend, and they are not worthy of membership in the church.
No hard feelings? Why should I? I have done nothing wrong with my writing. I am a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and have a testimony that this is the only true church on the earth. That Thomas Spencer Monson is the prophet on the earth today and the leader of God's government on the earth. Abortion is a practice of the devil and is the combination of two of the greatest and most egregious sins one can commit - sexual sin and murder. Practicing homosexuality is a sinful abomination that leads the individual down paths away from God and will disqualify an individual for membership in the church. If there is no value in asking the question "Do you support, affiliate with, or agree with any group or individual whose teachings or practices are contrary to or oppose those accepted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?" then why have it in the temple recommend interview? If our answers are to be of no consequence then why does the Lord want that question in there? The question is of utmost spiritual relevance as an improper answer to this question can disqualify an individual for the blessings of temple worship - the highest worship in the church.
To all in the blog world who wish to discuss politics, society, or matters of the law, please come and participate. We will disagree - so what. It is not only my right as a citizen of this country to express my opinion, but I feel it my obligation to stand for high moral conduct as espoused by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Had my comments been inflammatory due to a false claim or false information, I would feel that our expulsion from this directory would be justified. Instead, I feel like saints in other times and places that have seen undue persecution for standing up for moral and gospel principles. Perhaps the comments of others could be construed to match this description, but then again, all should be entitled to their opinion, even those who feel that being Mormon and naked in public is in accord with gospel principles.
To show no hard feelings I will leave the link to the MormonBlog directory up on our site as I feel that people should be allowed to find sources where others are free to express their opinions. These links should be available to all of our readers as well.