Monday, October 10, 2011

When was the last time the LDS was a cult?


The ultimate way to insult another person's religion or belief system is by labeling it a cult.

While some religions or belief systems can be labeled a cult because they do in fact abuse and isolate their members, or encourages it's members to engage in dangerous actions and behavior, for other religions and belief systems it's not warranted because it's really not like that at all.

Recently a Dallas, Texas pastor and Rick Perry presidential supporter Robert Jeffess said in an interview on CNN that Christians should not vote for Mitt Romney because he is a Mormon and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a Cult.

The mainstream Mormon church has been around for about 180 years are so, and is very well established around the world, so I think we can stop labeling it a cult.

Pastor Jeffess is part of the Southern Baptist Convention, and if anyone knows about the Southern Baptists, then you know that they tend to look down on anyone who do not share their religious or political beliefs (kinda cult like in my opinion).

With the exception of them occasionally coming to my door and trying to get me to convert, I really have no problems with Mormons.

They have never tried to use fear tactics, they've never tried to get any money from me, and the

Mormons that I have worked for were all nice and paid in full.

While I have no desire to convert and become one of them, I'm certainly not going to label them as a cult, and I'm certainly not going to not vote for one of them simply because they don't share my beliefs.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Is There Anything Positive about the Anti-Homosexual Movement?

For the past couple of weeks I've wondering if there is anything positive about the anti-homosexual movement?

This whole wondering began after hearing about the death of Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14-year old boy who committed suicide after being bullied and tormented for years because he was homosexual. What is even worse was that even after this some of the bullies continued their bullying of him even after his death by chanting "you're better off dead" and "we are glad that you're dead" at a recent school dance when a Lady Gaga song was played (Jamey was a big fan of Lady Gaga).

If one person had done this chanting, it could easily have been explained as being the actions of one very disturbed student.

But it was several.

This comes to reason that these kids are being influenced in some way to think that what they have done is perfectly acceptable.

And this gets back to my question: Is there anything positive about the anti-homosexual movement?

The answer to that is: None.

Everything it has done has been pretty much negative from what I've seen.

It's created a situation that has led some kids to believe that it's perfectly okay to harass, torment, and abuse other kids whom either are homosexual, or are suspected of being homosexual, which interns leads to depression and sometimes suicide.

It has created a situation where some people now feel (or made known) that they are not welcome amongst their family, or even their community, because they are homosexual.

It has created a situation where some people believe that violence against homosexuals, and vandalism against churches and other establishments that openly welcome homosexuals, is okay.

It has created a situation where some people believe that homosexuals are either very hostile, and/or are sexual deviants and pedophiles whom actively try to turn children into homosexuals.

It has created a situation where some people believe that homosexuality is a choice, and that a homosexuals can become heterosexual through therapy and prayer.

It has created a situation where some people believe that many of the rights that homosexuals have recently gained should be reversed.

And finally, it has created a situation where people in the anti-homosexual movement are viewed as being a bunch of bigots who are exploiting the Bible to justify their own bigotry, and has also lead to an increased negative view of Christianity.