And was this supposed to solve the problem of "talking past each other" ??? Epic fail on the grandest proportions!!!!!! Seems like he prefers to fan flames and fester already painful sores by licking wounds with vitriol and acid. Maybe he should pay attention to his own prophets, seers and revelators:
“On the subject of public discourse, we should all follow the gospel teachings to love our neighbor and avoid contention. Followers of Christ should be examples of civility. We should love all people, be good listeners, and show concern for their sincere beliefs. Though we may disagree, we should not be disagreeable. Our stands and communications on controversial topics should not be contentious. We should be wise in explaining and pursuing our positions and in exercising our influence. In doing so, we ask that others not be offended by our sincere religious beliefs and the free exercise of our religion. We encourage all of us to practice the Savior’s Golden Rule: “Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them” (Matthew 7:12).
When our positions do not prevail, we should accept unfavorable results graciously and practice civility with our adversaries. In any event, we should be persons of goodwill toward all, rejecting persecution of any kind, including persecution based on race, ethnicity, religious belief or nonbelief, and differences in sexual orientation.” --Dallin H. Oaks
People may not want to recognize my marriage or respect it, but then I am not married to you, nor have I condemned nor thwarted yours. There is a lot that is "virtuous, lovely, of good report, and praiseworthy" about a relationship that is based on love and between people who try in their own way to exemplify Christ-like attributes, even if one disagrees on other points. But "If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things" (Articles of Faith 1:13).
Thank you. This, I believe, summarizes very well the new secular religion. We understand that the first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord with all of our heart, mind and strength. The secular religion urges us to bypass that commandment and to go directly to the second - to love our neighbors as ourselves. Not only does such narrow and faithless thought require us to leapfrog the greatest commandment, but it removes the protection that is afforded by honoring God and keeping His commandments. No safety and peace in ignoring this commandment.
I would not say the media and elites want to abolish marriage. As they have expanded and changed the definition of marriage, I am curious as to how our society and language will change to describe the different types of marriage and partnerships. My main concern is the shift in power to the courts over the vote and what that means for our political process.
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