Posted by: dougandem | August 23, 2010

Why we should speak out

When I say we, I mean Mormons.

Mitt Romney as a presidential candidate, in 2007, aptly said:

Religious tolerance would be a shallow principle indeed if it were reserved only for faiths with which we agree.

Frankly, I am disheartened that political leaders who belong to the Mormon church have spoken against building a place of worship, known as the ground zero Mosque, in Manhattan. I thought that both Mitt Romney and Harry Reid would speak passionately about preserving the First amendment. But they both have come out against it. Mitt Romney:

the potential for extremists to use the mosque for global recruiting and propaganda compel rejection of this site.

As a Mormon, my heritage is such that my religion too was once seen as extremist and a terrorist organization that if not rejected or eradicated would destroy America and the American way of life. We built places of worship and then were persecuted, killed and driven from those areas by anti-Mormon mobs who were afraid that we would continue “global recruiting and propaganda”. In fact, even today, there remain empty lots that were chosen for houses of worship to be built, but we have been unable to build.

In the late 19th century, political candidates, even presidential candidates campaigned against ideals of the Mormon faith because they were seen as evils that would destroy the fabric of America. The U.S. government also used its power to be against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Do we not therefore have a responsibility to speak out?

How can we sit silently as we see another religion be persecuted?

Where is the line? How many blocks away does the mosque have to move? 3, 20 or 5,684?

As a Mormon, I do not see Muslims as the group found guilty of the September 11th atrocities. Those that were guilty were a fanatical group who were of the Muslim faith. Just as I would hope that when we talk about the Moutain Medows massacre where 120 innocent men, women, and children were murdered, others will understand that that was also a fanatical group, who were of the Mormon faith and not the Mormons.

As a Mormon, I believe that we should be held to a higher standard and that we should stand up and speak out against Palin, Gingrich and Tea Party advocates who see Islam as a cult. We too have been called a cult.

We should let Romney and Reid know that they, out of all of our political leaders, have the responsibility to protect this constitutional right even for the most unpopular or out of mainstream religions.

If even they, who own this legacy of religious persecution, don’t fight for religious freedom, then who will?

Where will it end and with what religion?

– Doug

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Responses

  1. I’ll tell you when it will end and with what religion… when Christ himself returns and rules the earth.

  2. I love you doug


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