I'm pretty sure that most of knew that 'second-guessing' ghawd within a church setting was not something sane people did! ...be like shouting out in Chicago's United Center after MJ just thrilled the crowd with a lay-up, "Oh, that was dumb! I wouldn't have done it that way!" How's that going to go over with the faithful?
Reading the comments, all the exmos are high-fiving and whooping it up. One commentator offered up his opinion that Kirby is a weakling, for not seeing through the logic he brings to this issue and quitting the church. ...As his wife, whom he met when she was a missionary in his mission, did early in their marriage.
I, too, share in this quandary. How the fùüúûck does he figure it out in his brain to be a church-attending mormon? If the answer has anything to do with holding on to his readers, his audience, I will be deeply disappointed.
'And it came to pass that the Lord Commanded the Cat in the Hat to slay Thing 1, and the Cat did bind Thing 1 upon an altar, and the Fish did say "That is not a good thing to do, even if the Lord commanded you to!", and an angel of Seuss did appear to the Cat, and said "Yea, you have shown faith in the Lord, so put down that sword!" And it came to pass that when Mother came home, she found all were happy, including Thing 1 and Thing 2. Now I wouldn't kill 'cause a voice told me to, I wouldn't do it, no way, but would you?'
The Book of Mormon begins with the proposition that murder is okay if committed in the name of religion. Conventional morality is thus turned on its head.
What is truly surprising is that people don't get hung up on that. For some reason they refrain from the obvious reaction--throwing the book out--and continue reading, inoculated, as it were, against further shocks.
Start with the big lie. People will balk against the little one, Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf, but not against one so "colossal" that people reckon no one could make up something so outrageous. The principle remains as demonstrably true today as when Joseph Smith tried it 200 years ago.
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He follows living prophets who don't apologize, endorse their own authority over secular authority, and have no qualms with their abusive and morally corrupt ways of dealing with their past and present.
Kirby Cop would shoot their holy prophets if he came across them in an alley doing "The Lord's" work. He probably would have drug Hinckley in front of Mark H. to testify. But he is good at looking the other way when it suits him and pointing out how he just tells it as he sees it when it makes him "cool."
Like an adolescent boy with a good command of the language and a captives (of their leaders) audience.
Normalizing the atrocious. I do believe you are right whether Kirby realizes that is what he is doing or not.
You can indeed talk something to death. Is the goal just to claim there are no more secrets as they air their dirty laundry?
I have long seen with Mormon leaders the claim that they gave "looked" at something or "examined" something and by doing that infer that he problem is taken care leaving the assumption that the problem is no problem at all of even though no conclusion or action resulted. That strategy works. "Oh, that? Thats' ancient history."
Um, he did the exact opposite of that in this column. In fact, most of his columns would make a certain type of TBM either uncomfortable, or forced to consider that their typical attitudes land far wide of good Christian (or even simple humane) behavior.
So what is your real complaint? This one seems not just fabricated, but the opposite of reality. I'm puzzled at the hostility from you and Elder Berry. Because he has done or not done something you disagree with, you're willing to completely discount everything else? That's what it sounds like.
Personally, I think a collection of fifty of his columns would make a far more effective, useful, and entertaining Priesthood/RS lesson manual than the dreck LDS Inc publishes - quotes of GAs quoting other GAs. Gag.
"I have long seen with Mormon leaders the claim that they gave "looked" at something or "examined" something and by doing that infer that he problem is taken care leaving the assumption that the problem is no problem at all of even though no conclusion or action resulted. That strategy works. "Oh, that? Thats' ancient history."
This is the trick they've been employing since the beginning when facing the "problem" areas. And that's why Kirby is allowed to do what he does. So long as he remains on the inside, he's allowed to act as the court jester. And in doing so, they get to take the stance that's it's no real big deal -- it's not important to address other than to say it's bothersome.
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