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Reid rips LDS Church's Prop. 8 support
Salt Lake Tribune ^ | October 13, 2009 | Matt Canham

Posted on 10/13/2009 9:30:14 AM PDT by greyfoxx39

In a meeting with gay-rights activists last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid criticized the LDS Church for backing a ballot measure banning same-sex marriage in California, saying the leaders of his faith should have stayed out of the contentious political fight.

Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, is the highest ranking elected official who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Marchers in Sunday's equality rally, which drew tens of thousands to the U.S. Capitol, repeatedly referenced the Prop 8 defeat in signs, statements and even face paint. But when organizers sat down with Reid, it wasn't a topic they intended to raise. They wanted to thank him for supporting the march and push him on their desire for federal action giving gay Americans the ability to get married, serve openly in the military and fight workplace discrimination.

Reid signed a letter supporting the march and encouraged a sustained lobbying campaign.

In the meeting, those present touched on issues most important to them. Dan Choi, a veteran of the Iraq War, who was booted from the military under the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy, thanked Reid for lobbying President Barack Obama on his behalf. Robin McGehee, of California, talked about her own family. Then, McGehee said, Reid brought up his LDS faith and discussed a recent meeting with Mormons in which he criticized the Prop 8 efforts.

"He personally said they needed to be focused on other things," she said, "and he felt it was harmful for the church to focus on such a divisive issue."


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: 111th; antimormonreid; antimormonromney; dnc4romney; gaymarriage; homosexualagenda; lds; ldschurch; mormon; prop8; reid; reidmarriage; romney; romneymarriage
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Interesting. Perhaps Reid has run the figures and thinks his gay vote will outnumber his mormon vote in the coming election.
1 posted on 10/13/2009 9:30:14 AM PDT by greyfoxx39
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To: greyfoxx39

I’ll vote with the Mormons on this one ....


2 posted on 10/13/2009 9:31:19 AM PDT by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: greyfoxx39

He’s toast. He can’t change that. He’s reaching.


3 posted on 10/13/2009 9:31:36 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (And the people cry "Sarah!Sarah!" And she hears....yes,she hears......)
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To: SkyDancer

Don’t Mormons practice shunning, or some variation?


4 posted on 10/13/2009 9:34:49 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: greyfoxx39
I don't think in Nevada. Aren't Mormons are around 12% of the electorate in that state? I think the imbecile has decided he would rather be majority leader for the next 15 months than U.S. Senator for the next seven years.

He probably has the promise of some cushy cabinet job or lobbyist job in return for his support.

5 posted on 10/13/2009 9:35:14 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: NTHockey

Not too sure but JW’s do ... but you can read this: http://www.sltrib.com/ci_?source=most_viewed


6 posted on 10/13/2009 9:36:38 AM PDT by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: greyfoxx39

Kick his ass out of the LDS! He is not only an interloper, but a heretic!


7 posted on 10/13/2009 9:37:20 AM PDT by IbJensen (If Catholic voters were true to their faith there would be no abortion and no President Obama.)
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To: greyfoxx39

Oh, good — attack the Mormons. I hear they are running Las Vegas these days. Bye bye Reid. Not a moment too soon.


8 posted on 10/13/2009 9:37:55 AM PDT by bboop (Tar and feathers -- good back then, good now)
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To: greyfoxx39

Polls in NV are showing Reid sucking dirt in relation to both Rep candidates. This is an act of desperation.


9 posted on 10/13/2009 9:39:42 AM PDT by Godzilla (3-7-77)
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To: greyfoxx39

I always thought reid was drunk most of the time. By going against his church in Nevada, he either has a death wish or doesn’t plan on running for reelection.


10 posted on 10/13/2009 9:43:19 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: gimme1ibertee

The hand that he’s reaching for to pull him out of his election quagmire is attached to a limp wrist.


11 posted on 10/13/2009 9:44:29 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: greyfoxx39
As a lifelong member of the LDS Church, I can't figure out why they let Reid continue to shoot off his mouth like this.

Publicly opposing the Church is supposed to be a pretty big no-no.

12 posted on 10/13/2009 9:45:06 AM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possibility of failure.)
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To: NTHockey
Don’t Mormons practice shunning, or some variation?

No. We do excommunicate members who commit serious sins and remain unrepentant. But we do not avoid association with excommunicated persons unless they are a danger. They are invited to attend meetings, but are not asked to speak or teach, pay tithing, or hold a position in the Church.

Obviously, being a slimy politician is not an offense requiring excommunication.

13 posted on 10/13/2009 9:47:06 AM PDT by Logophile
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To: MrB

LOLOL! Right on!


14 posted on 10/13/2009 9:48:06 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (And the people cry "Sarah!Sarah!" And she hears....yes,she hears......)
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To: NTHockey

Sometimes, they just change your name to “Jack” when they talk about you.

Jack Mormons are not unlike jackasses, from what I hear.


15 posted on 10/13/2009 9:48:27 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: NTHockey

Don’t Mormons practice shunning, or some variation?


No, they don’t.
People can have their membership removed, but that is not shunning.


16 posted on 10/13/2009 9:48:28 AM PDT by broncobilly
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To: bboop

Why does Harry Reid say that the Mormon church shouldn’t be involved in a divisive issue? Should churches only be involved with issues that aren’t divisive? And who decides?

Why does he say they should be involved with other things instead? This has been a common refrain in the same-sex marriage debate for the past few years. Gay activists, who are the ones filing lawsuits, and forcing the debate about marriage in our society, then become passive aggressive and say “why are we talking about gay marriage? It’s a small issue. We should be talking about education, healthcare, and the war in Iraq instead.”

Was there any controversy about defining marriage until about the past 10 years when gay activists forced the issue? Why are they allowed to get away with saying that those who support traditional marriage are the divisive ones??????

Is this a Saul Alinsky tactic? Stir things up and then say, why is everybody upset about something? That’s exactly what happened with marriage. The definition and structure of marriage was not in doubt or controversy until the lawsuits on the subject started.


17 posted on 10/13/2009 9:48:41 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Godzilla

If Reid loves the queers so much, perhaps he should “marry” one. I’m sure he’d enjoy that kind of sex.

BTW, I love your screen name. Godzilla is da MAN, er BEAST.


18 posted on 10/13/2009 9:52:03 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (ON 1-19-09 GAS WAS, ON AVERAGE IN MEMPHIS, $1.43 A GALLON.)
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To: NTHockey

Probably he thinks LDS is so mainstream that it’s like Pelosi still taking communion.


19 posted on 10/13/2009 9:57:49 AM PDT by Steamburg ( Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: NCC-1701
Why, he is already "doing it" to the rest of the country.


20 posted on 10/13/2009 10:03:08 AM PDT by Godzilla (3-7-77)
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To: SkyDancer
I’ll vote with the Mormons on this one ....

Which ones? (Given that Reid is a Mormon)

21 posted on 10/13/2009 10:03:14 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: greyfoxx39

All I can say is:

Harry: Shaddup!


22 posted on 10/13/2009 10:03:41 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Logophile
Don’t Mormons practice shunning, or some variation? No. We do excommunicate members who commit serious sins and remain unrepentant. But we do not avoid association with excommunicated persons unless they are a danger.

Care to define "danger" in this context?

Mormons urged to stop shunning gay family members

Not a "official" practice by LDS, but shunning "apostates" is common.

23 posted on 10/13/2009 10:04:38 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Rahm, Obama and his Thugocracy are the legacy of Clinton's revenge for impeachment.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Why does Harry Reid say that the Mormon church shouldn’t be involved in a divisive issue? Should churches only be involved with issues that aren’t divisive? And who decides?

Well, Reid is only taking the line by some of the outgoing top 70 general authorities in the Lds church.

I'm sure if you sat them down in a room, SOME of the Lds general authorities and Reid would actually agree on the following:
"Yes, religion is relevant in politics;
yes, church and state are connected;
yes, the church should stand up for what it believes;
but DON'T push your values into the political sphere"

Don't believe me when it comes to the Lds general authorities? Well, just read this brief excerpt from what an ex-top 70 said when he was lecturing BYU students last Friday...note the bold-faced reference:

Robert S. Woods, president of the Boston Temple, former member of the 2nd Quorum of the Seventy and professor at the University of Virginia and Naval War College, lectured on the relationship between politics and religion on Friday. President Woods first began his lecture by clearing up any misconceptions about the link between politics and religion.

“In my experience, over the years when people thought about the relation between politics and religion, they thought it was irrelevant,” Woods said. “Religion is not irrelevant to the political process of this country, and will continue to have more of an impact throughout the years.”

There is an undeniable connection between church and state, he said. However, there are several countries and civilizations that will continue to deny this link.

“The basic unit of analysis should be and has not been the state, nor the local political community, but civilization itself,” said Woods. “It shapes the state and local political communities.”

Woods said that we, as Latter-day Saints, have a responsibility to stand up for what we believe without pushing our values into the political sphere. ("Temple president speaks on the link between religion, politics," BYU Daily Universe, http://universe.byu.edu/node/2871)

24 posted on 10/13/2009 10:18:58 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: TChris

Reid is a Mormon, like Ted Kennedy was a Catholic.


25 posted on 10/13/2009 10:26:49 AM PDT by proudpapa (Obama - Worst One Ever!)
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To: proudpapa
Reid is a Mormon, like Ted Kennedy was a Catholic.

No, Reid is a Mormon, like Glenn Beck is a Mormon. (They're BOTH converts)

And they're BOTH welcomed with open arms by the Lds church. (Otherwise, why would BYU have given Reid an all-student, all-staff forum two years ago this month, with many giving him a standing ovation?)

26 posted on 10/13/2009 10:29:51 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: NTHockey

Absolutely, happened to one of my family a very prominent Mormon at the time.


27 posted on 10/13/2009 10:32:15 AM PDT by Little Bill (Carol Che-Porter is a MOONBAT.)
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To: greyfoxx39

Mormons have a lot more babies than gays.


28 posted on 10/13/2009 10:36:36 AM PDT by sportutegrl (If liberals could do math, they would be conservatives.)
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To: Colofornian

I think that Reid is a Birth Mormon.


29 posted on 10/13/2009 10:37:01 AM PDT by Little Bill (Carol Che-Porter is a MOONBAT.)
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To: Logophile
We do excommunicate members who commit serious sins and remain unrepentant That describes the majority of the democratic party!!!I wonder if that is how God sees them?
30 posted on 10/13/2009 10:40:34 AM PDT by clove (In God we Trust, all others need a birth certificate and picture ID)
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To: TChris; Logophile
As a lifelong member of the LDS Church, I can't figure out why they let Reid continue to shoot off his mouth like this. Publicly opposing the Church is supposed to be a pretty big no-no.

Well, there's two ways to look at what you just said: One way is to apply your "publicly opposing the church is supposed to be a pretty big no-no" as applied to Harry Reid; the other is apply that same statement to yourself.

I mean, it appears to me both you and Harry Reid disagree at some level with the Lds church -- Reid on Prop 8 -- you for "let[ting] Reid continue to shoot off his mouth like this."

So, tell us...if they know who you are...is your bishop going to raise this as a loyalty question on your next temple recommend interview?

Or, let's say some FReeper openly disagreed with BYU inviting Harry Reid for a "y'all come" speech @ BYU October, '07. How would that expression of disagreement with the Lds church be perceived as any different than Reid's disagreement with the church over Prop 8?

My stance? I'm glad the Lds church got involved in Prop 8. What a lot of people don't realize is that Prop 8 wasn't the first time Lds got involved in opposing same-sex marriage. It got involved in Prop 22 (2000) all without the media fanfare back then. That also was a sound decision by Mormon leadership.

31 posted on 10/13/2009 10:46:04 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: greyfoxx39
Mormons urged to stop shunning gay family members

So a homosexual activist group implies that the LDS Church is not doing enough to accommodate homosexuality.

Are you surprised that homosexual activists would say such a thing? Are you inclined to agree with them?

32 posted on 10/13/2009 10:48:06 AM PDT by Logophile
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To: Little Bill
I think that Reid is a Birth Mormon.

Nope, Reid's a Mormon convert who the Lds church has welcomed with such open arms that they readily made him into an elders quorum president, a high councilor, and Sunday School superintendent!

Reid, who has served as an elders quorum president, high councilor and Sunday school superintendent, converted to Mormonism while attending Utah State University in 1960. He subsequently converted his wife Landra from Judaism to the Mormon faith and has raised his family in the church.

"Senate's New Majority Whip: Senator Harry Reid of Nevada" by Christopher Smith, Salt Lake Tribune, June 9 2001 URL: http://www.sltrib.com/06092001/utah/104290.htm

33 posted on 10/13/2009 10:50:15 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian

I agree with you.


34 posted on 10/13/2009 10:50:19 AM PDT by Logophile
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To: greyfoxx39
"He personally said they needed to be focused on other things," she said, "and he felt it was harmful for the church to focus on such a divisive issue."

So Reid tells the churches in Nevada to Shut Up. Well instead they might just turn out to vote. Perhaps they will tell him their feelings about being TOLD how their health care will be and that their seniors are being selfish about it.

Oh and they may have something to say about being told that Obama is their Messiah. I don't think they've (except the Liberal ones) have liked that.

35 posted on 10/13/2009 11:02:35 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: Colofornian
I misspoke, it seems. I kind of thought that he descended from the early expamtion of settlement into Eastern Nevada. I think that the LDS Church need a little more oversite on the Paths of its members.

Or as my Aunt said about a "Space Shot" Utah Senetor, "I loved him as a Brother but he wore out his welcome."

36 posted on 10/13/2009 11:06:41 AM PDT by Little Bill (Carol Che-Porter is a MOONBAT.)
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To: Colofornian
Well, there's two ways to look at what you just said: One way is to apply your "publicly opposing the church is supposed to be a pretty big no-no" as applied to Harry Reid; the other is apply that same statement to yourself.

I mean, it appears to me both you and Harry Reid disagree at some level with the Lds church -- Reid on Prop 8 -- you for "let[ting] Reid continue to shoot off his mouth like this."

So, tell us...if they know who you are...is your bishop going to raise this as a loyalty question on your next temple recommend interview?

Good heavens, Colo... Have you gotten into the catnip again?

I can't even make sense of what you wrote.

Are you trying to say that my disagreement with Reid is somehow the same as disagreeing with the Church? ...or are you saying that I should do something about Reid's standing in the Church?

I'm honestly stumped here.

37 posted on 10/13/2009 11:36:00 AM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possibility of failure.)
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To: TChris
Are you trying to say that my disagreement with Reid is somehow the same as disagreeing with the Church? ...or are you saying that I should do something about Reid's standing in the Church? I'm honestly stumped here.

I'll lay it out:
1. Harry Reid disagrees with Lds church getting involved with Prop 8.
2. You apparently disagree with church letting Harry Reid continue to shoot off his mouth like this.
Conclusion A: You both disagree with the church (different issues).
3. You said "Publicly opposing the Church is supposed to be a pretty big no-no" -- in reference to Reid.
4. I pointed out that you just did the same thing -- you publicly opposed the church by wondering outloud why the Lds church is "let[ting] Reid continue to shoot off his mouth like this."
Conclusion B: Didn't you just publicly oppose the church (for failing to properly muzzle Reid)? By your own standards, is that then a "pretty big no-no" too?

38 posted on 10/13/2009 11:44:13 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: greyfoxx39

LOL, did Reid also “rip” blacks for their overwhelming support of Prop. 8?


39 posted on 10/13/2009 11:45:42 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Colofornian

Where the Mormons supported Prop. 8 in California ....


40 posted on 10/13/2009 11:47:44 AM PDT by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Colofornian

Is the LDS church pro-life?


41 posted on 10/13/2009 3:19:14 PM PDT by proudpapa (Obama - Worst One Ever!)
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To: Colofornian
Conclusion A: You both disagree with the church (different issues).

Oh, OK. You're equating the public and specific criticism of Church leadership by a sitting Senator on the critical moral issue of marriage with the posted bewilderment of a single, obscure FReeper who wonders why the Senator gets away with it.

In your mind, those two are equal.

Gotcha.

42 posted on 10/13/2009 3:37:27 PM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possibility of failure.)
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To: Logophile
The second link of my post received no comment from you. Why?

Personal stories of "apostate" mormons and being shunned for leaving the mormon church

I have my OWN story of being shunned after I left the mormon church.

43 posted on 10/13/2009 4:26:01 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Rahm, Obama and his Thugocracy are the legacy of Clinton's revenge for impeachment.)
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To: Colofornian
He subsequently converted his wife Landra from Judaism to the Mormon faith and has raised his family in the church.

I wonder how his Jewish wife liked being called a "gentile" by the mormons?

44 posted on 10/13/2009 4:27:20 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Rahm, Obama and his Thugocracy are the legacy of Clinton's revenge for impeachment.)
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To: greyfoxx39
The second link of my post received no comment from you. Why?

What can I say about anonymous anecdotes describing incidents I did not witness, involving persons I do not know? I would prefer to hear the other side(s) of the story before commenting.

By the way, you did not answer the questions I asked you in my last post. Why?

45 posted on 10/13/2009 5:16:31 PM PDT by Logophile
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To: Logophile

Insinuations framed as questions deserve no comment...you refuse to address personal stories of mormon shunning after denying the existence of it of which is a well-known fact among mormons. It’s just another “deniable plausibility we don’t do that...officially”.


46 posted on 10/13/2009 7:22:16 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Rahm, Obama and his Thugocracy are the legacy of Clinton's revenge for impeachment.)
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To: greyfoxx39
Insinuations framed as questions deserve no comment...

You are being evasive.

47 posted on 10/13/2009 8:53:19 PM PDT by Logophile
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To: TChris

Are you trying to say that my disagreement with Reid is somehow the same as disagreeing with the Church? ...or are you saying that I should do something about Reid’s standing in the Church?

***

Reid the Judas is doing a good job at drawing the line give a horse enough rope and he will hang himself!

In 2004 Reid was attending my ward in NYC one Sunday I did all I could do to hold my tongue because it was the Lord’s house I stayed still.

But no one greeted him like when Orrin Hatch would attend.


48 posted on 10/14/2009 7:19:52 AM PDT by restornu (A humble people of the Lord is stronger than the all wicked warriors of the World)
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To: restornu
Reid the Judas is doing a good job at drawing the line give a horse enough rope and he will hang himself!

I've seen enough miraculous conversions in my life to know that even Reid could repent and get his head screwed on straight.

But so far, I'm not liking what comes out of his mouth.

He may just keep going and kick himself out of the Church.

49 posted on 10/14/2009 7:25:08 AM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possibility of failure.)
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To: Logophile
You are being evasive.

I am being evasive? You are the one denying shunning by mormons when it is practiced daily against anyone who leaves the mormon church and building your straw man to avoid admitting that you lied when you said that mormons do NOT shun.

How many "apostates" have you personally avoided when meeting them in public, looked the other way, discussed their offense with other mormons?

I detest homosexual behavior. I also detest holier-than-thou behavior by a group that believes that polygamy is a requirement to salvation.

"After Joseph Smith married some thirty-eight women, he introduced this "celestial" marriage form to his innermost circle of followers. By early 1846, nearly 200 men had adopted the polygamous lifestyle, with an average of nearly four women per man—717 wives in all, with more wives to come after leaving Nauvoo."

Present-day "celestial" marriage allows for the "sealing" of multiple wives to a mormon man after death. Eternal polygamy.

50 posted on 10/14/2009 7:42:10 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Rahm, Obama and his Thugocracy are the legacy of Clinton's revenge for impeachment.)
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