This is possibly the most disturbing thing I've read in a while and, a few weeks after Elder Uchtdorf's talk, a deep disappointment.
Don't read if you get "heart burn" easily. I'm sharing so I can rant. Someone shared it on Facebook, thankfully (!!) to criticise it. Some people in the thread said they actually agreed with her.
I'm thinking of buying Joni Hilton's book so I can take a photo of me burning it and post it back to her.
Huh... rant over. Sorry.
EDIT: I'd posted these later in the thread, but I wanted to show people that we are not alone. The following are comments on Facebook when a friend shared the article. They shared it with the following comment:
Comments on the link (all from active Mormons) said:It seems the American political name calling ("You Tea party people are psychopathic nuts", "You Democrats worship Obama, and he is the devil!"), has now extended to fault lines in the LDS Church. ("Let me tell you what you believe and why you are wrong!")
Was it really only a month ago President Uchtdorf said, “there is room for you in this church.” ?
What an idiot!
Liberal and proud! Wait is that 2 sins?
And this is why I always say, if you love your children DON'T send them to Utah or BYU.
Very, very disappointing article. I have to remind myself that if I'm going to embrace the benefits of the big tent of Mormonism that Dieter F Uchtdorf spoke about earlier this month then I have to also accept that there will be people way over the other side of the tent who I fiercely disagree with. I can't only expect people to be huddled over on my side of the tent... otherwise it would be a small tent. I embrace the diversity of thought within the church, even though I don't understand how someone reaches that perspective. I think she's wrong and I'm sad she's given a platform to preach this narrow-minded bile, but I also want her to have a place in the tent too. Perhaps one day she'll make friends with a "liberal mormon" and realise she's drawn the wrong conclusion.
I recognise that the church culture is like a huge ocean liner. It's not possible to make it do a u-turn. It can only be changed by small degrees and over the long-term. I'm rather fond of the diversity of passengers so I accept that it can't take a drastic course alteration in one direction or another at the risk of knocking lots of them overboard.
Joseph Smith said: "Our heavenly Father is more liberal in His views, and boundless in His mercies and blessings, than we are ready to believe or receive..."
Interesting, but I guess we all fit into that liberal mormon box sometimes, judge not lest ye be judged.
To which a reply came:In the article the author has commented to say that she doesn't mean politically liberal but is using "liberal" to mean disobedient. Someone has responded, "Please don't use labels unless you know how to apply them correctly. What you describe is not liberal Mormonism but spiritual apostasy. The two are not related."
My issue is that even if she changed the 'label' it's still a very negative article. She makes the presumption that everyone should live like she does. She presumes that someone who lives to a different standard is being lazy, or justifying themselves. Perhaps she should go and reread Robinson's 'Believing Christ.' The whole diving board/degree of difficulty analogy would apply here.
I've interacted with people who would fit her description whatever label is applied and yet they are working their utmost to do their very, very best. The last thing they need is some primped and proper person who doesn't understand their circumstances telling them they're still not good enough despite all the efforts they're making. Here's a perspective she might find interesting:
"(David O. McKay) adjusted the relationship between church and member. For a full century... church members had been asked to sacrifice themselves for the good of the institution. McKay reversed that, asserting that the church was made for the members, not the members for the church. He emphasized the paramount importance of free agency and individual expression, for he understood that improvement of the parts would inevitably improve the whole. "Let them conform" was replaced by "Let them grow." He willingly discarded institutional uniformity for the higher goal of individual excellence. He pitched a wide tent and then told members of all stripes that he welcomed them to join him and build the church within it."
David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism by Greg Prince, p. 404
"Are you a Liberal Mormon?"
"Oh, yes, that's me! What did you want to tell me?"
"I'm a WHAT? I do what with CHICKENS? But I was nowhere near Archduke Franz Ferdinand!"
It has been a joy to read, and I say thank HEAVEN that articulate, measured minds are still amongst us
These are all from Mormons commenting, in public, in their 'real name' - I'm very relieved to see this consensus.I read all the comments above, then read the article itself - if I say what I WANT to say I might heap condemnation upon myself - and actually I don't need to bcs I also read ALL the comments and found to my great relief pretty much ALL of them (ie the 33 that are currently there) said what I wanted to say more kindly and politely than I would have done - and still want to - good grief sometimes I despair - one must simply be glad that the church exists and thrives outside Utah and I s'pose we must just accept that there will always be souls such as this woman who just do not 'get it' .... woops I will stop before I make statements as judgemental as hers!!