Skip to comments.Reid cancels speech due to threats
Posted on 04/02/2010 9:26:33 AM PDT by Colofornian
(LAS VEGAS) Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada canceled giving his testimony at an LDS fireside last Sunday night because of angry calls, e-mails and even threats. The Democratic Senator is a member of the LDS Church and was invited to offer remarks at an LDS fireside at the Tule Springs Stake in Las Vegas. The fireside on Why I Believe was canceled after the threats were made. His press secretary said there were no threats of violence initiated against Reid but he canceled because of the threats against his invitation to speak. Sen. Reid received a warm welcome at BYU in October, 2007 and stands firm on his religious and political views. Reid has become a lightening rod in partisan bickering and faces defeat in his home state of Nevada in the upcoming November election. BYU political science professor Kelly Patterson says Reid hasnt changed his position for years. UVU Professor Boyd Peterson is a Democrat and teaches Mormon literature at the university and says several Church leaders are Democrats. Some have asked if LDS Church leaders will speak about politics and civility at this weekends conference but no official statement has been issued.
Who would even know if Harry Reid was speaking at an LDS fireside except fellow Mormons?
From the article: Sen. Reid received a warm welcome at BYU in October, 2007...
Why did BYU do an all-student, all-faculty rally to host Reid, including many who gave him a standing ovation?
From the article: UVU Professor Boyd Peterson is a Democrat and teaches Mormon literature at the university and says several Church leaders are Democrats.
(Yeah. We know.)
This gets better everyday.
Playing the “threat” card. These clowns have no shame.
Reid is definately not popular with Mormons.
What does that even mean "threats against his invitation"? "Well, if we get a hold of that invitation, we're going to rough it up". Maybe they'll crumple it into a ball and throw it in a trash compactor or something.
Seriously, I guess if someone said "If the group has Reid to speak, we'll stop giving money", that would be a "threat against the invitation".
Especially not in Las Vegas.
The Democrats are funny people. They riot, threaten, disrupt with abandon, they have been doing this for 35 years. Yet we are told by their Press that they are tender as little babies.
This is Reid pulling a fire alarm so he doesn’t have to take any tests - he’s not prepared...
This probably has to do with his efforts to make his fellow Mormons pay for abortions.
Good on them. I'll bet there wasn't a threat in the bunch--just heartfelt objections. Reid better be careful about accusing his fellow Mormons.
Anyone who threatens Reid is a RACIST!
Funny Post :) In this case, he would not be paid to speak at the meeting known as a “Fireside.” It’s the equivalent of a devotional in other churches, but not a paid for event. I think this is ridiculous though.
Wow, this is so off the chart of reality, HARRY REID a Mormon? Joseph Smith must be writhing and turning in his grave. Of course it is about the same stupidity as Pelosi belonging to the Catholic church, they need to get their religion in their convictions and vote like their religious counterparts supposedly PREACH. Hyprocrisy.. Reminds me of Jimmy Carta the Baptist! Or Obama the Muslim. Time for the great Holy Inquisition to clean up the ranks, people using their religious just to get elected.
cancelled? or Reid did not make his “rent a crowd” payment.
Harry Reid will probably never set foot in a Mormon church again.
So...he cancelled because of threats but, there were no threats?
yeah, I don’t blame him. The threat of having his lies countered by patriots is, well, threatening.
Merely expressing disapproval against a Democrat in office is enough to start the wheels turning.
So what was the nature of the "threats" then?
Re: Why I Believe
Before Reid explains the “why” he needs to explain the “what”. What does Reid believe? And secondly, how does his life demonstrate that he truly believes what he says he believes? The Mormons I know don’t support the policies that Reid supports.
Harry Reid is simply a coward.
Do politicians ever look inward when their constituents are displeased? EVER?
I don't feel safe.
I'm surprised we haven't the "anti-Mormon bigotry" charge from the Mormon Tab Choir of "Anti-Mormon labelers."
If anybody objects to Obama's policies, they are oft' labeled a "bigot."
If anybody objects to Pelosi's policies, they are at risk of being labeled a "sexist."
If people object to Reid, or even to the beliefs held by his church, they are labeled an "anti-Mormon bigot."
(People have trouble separating policies/worldviews/beliefs from what they deem as "core identities.")
Don't make me laugh! The left was far from "civil" when Bush was President. Apparently they only want "civility" when they are in control (and destroying our country).
John D. Lee is no longer the most infamous Mormon in history.
Maybe he should consult with someone who has had REAL threats—like say, oh, Anne Coulter, maybe.
I think your post should read:
Anyone who votes for “Dingy Harry” is a moron.
Because Latter-day Saints don’t fit into your stereotype. Please stop trying to cause (or exacerbate) problems between faiths.
What a drama queen.
I know many Latter-day Saints who disapprove of Reid’s actions. And I know someone who answered question “#7” by saying “No, I’m not a democrat.” She said it was an organization that went contrary to the Church’s stated beliefs. Go figure.
It’s a rough world out there. Fight the good fight.
Well, I think we can gain some clues re: what Reid believes by paying attention to what he says when he's around his fellow religionists:
1. We know Reid in many ways is actually an orthodox Mormon (Lds leaders don't just let anyone become "home-teaching companions"): The Salt Lake Trib ran an article Oct. 23, 2009: Today, Reid, with his security escort in tow, likely will be making his home teaching rounds after his ward's three-hour service. Anyone who questions his Mormon credentials should see that, says Jim Vlock, his home-teaching companion. Source: Harry Reid: A Mormon in the Middle
(Reid appeared with other Mormon members of Congress a few days before Christmas to receive the local Mormon missionaries for a Christmas event).
2. As this article mentions, Sen. Reid received a warm welcome at BYU in October, 2007... At this event, he said: "I am a Democrat because I am a Mormon, not in spite of it." Source: Reid Gets Warm Reception at BYU Let's face it, LDS leaders just don't let anyone commandeer a wide-open all-invited, all-expected forum!
3. And I'm sure Lds leaders actually appreciated this comment spoken at that BYU event: "They [Evangelical Christians] are the most anti-Christian people I can imagine, the people from the Christian far right."
4. Beyond that, I'm still scratching my head as to why BYU would give this man a platform to utter other beliefs -- as he did -- like: "I think people in the church have to understand there are issues more important than abortion and gay marriage."
So Reid's spokesman said the Senator did not have his head up his arse, but canceled because the Senator's head is up his arse.
Read post #33.
It seems to me that Lds leaders who...
...make Reid a "model" home-teaching companion...
...invite him to speak at an all-student, all-faculty BYU forum in October 2007...
...and give him an open mike to take pot shots at Evangelicals like he did...
...while downplaying abortion and same-sex marriage...
...shows that Lds leaders have already both "caused" and "exacerbated" major problems between faiths big-time!
(So. Have you been consistent? Have you commented to them the problems of putting Reid up on such platforms? Let's face it. If Reid doesn't "feel" the non-violent heat from either grassroots Mormons or Lds hierarchy he's going to continue to mumble and jumble along with both his home-teaching lessons on behalf of the Lds AND passing more things like socialist healthcare!!!)
I dont understand. If it wasnt a threat of violence, what was it? A threat to organize a demonstration pursuant to the First Amendment?
Or a threat to throw this crook out of office? Yeah, that must have been it.
Even if they agree with him, how insensitive is that to Mormons who disagree w/him?
The church keeps giving Reid a microphone yet curiously not Glenn Beck.
The church that changed from polygamist to non-polygamist, from Non-christian to claimed Christian, from racist to inclusive has also changed from John Birch Society level conservatism to Harry Reid Marxism in less than one generation.
Perhaps the real question is "I wonder how far the church will drift from it's original teachings in order to retain power after the collapse of the US ? "
A young man takes off his shirt for a calendar picture and is excommunicated. Harry Reid supports abortion rights, gay marriage, Marxism, etc, etc, etc, and he gets offered speech opportunities.
"Led by God at every turn ?"....I don't think so.
Well, I'm sure you'll be overjoyed about this quote from Mr. Reid:
""I think some of the most un-Christian-like letters, phone calls, contacts I've had were from members of the (LDS) church, saying some of the most mean things that are not in the realm of our church doctrine or certainly Christianity," Reid said last week during an interview in his office."
And now he's claiming that his fellow Mormons are threatening him. So, he, being a good liberal, doesn't particularly like anyone who disagrees with him.
You obviously have an agenda to push, I’m not biting.
In any case, Reid is neither a patriot, nor serving our country’s best interests. And I don’t believe for a second he is worried. I’ve seen him at the movie theater in Vegas, with 4 Secret Service members, I’m sure he’d be fine speaking at a church, he is probably afraid of the electorate...they don’t like him.
Many never did, myself included.
Goes to prove that some Democrats must be at least semi-literate. We all know if a conservative had made a threat we would be reading about an arrest and a new money raising scheme.
A univeristy that actually strives to teach their students as opposed to indoctrinate them, will provide speakers from all sides of an issue and will be polite to those speakers who disagree with the majority view of the university. That's the way its supposed to work.
As to the accusation that BYU has not given Glenn Beck a platform to speak, here's something you apparently missed:
Glenn Beck VIP Banquet Sponsored by the BYU Management Society
Start: 10/25/08 - 12:00 am
The BYU Management Society, Utah Valley Chapter is proud to honor Mr. Glenn Beck as the inaugural recipient of the PIONEER IN LEADERSHIP AWARD
Provo, UT The BYU Management Society, Utah Valley Chapter is proud to award Mr. Glenn Beck with the inaugural Pioneer In Leadership Award, and will be honoring him at an event open to the public on October 25th. Mr. Beck will be the special guest at a VIP dinner held in his honor, and will then be the featured speaker for the evening. The public is welcome to attend the event, which will be held at the McKay Events Center on the UVU campus, October 25th, beginning at 8:00 pm. Cost is $20 per person. For an additional cost, the VIP dinner is also open to the public. For details, visit http://ms.byu.edu/utval. This is a Scholarship Fundraising Event...
So, Harry Reid was allowed to speak his opinion but Glenn Beck was given an award.
Oh, WOW....while I don't condone the actions of Hardy, the fact that one can strain at gnats and swallow camels, in excusing Reid and the implied approval of his actions by the mormon church is appalling!
So, the fact that Reid hasn't signed the BYU honor code excuses his having NO honor at all, even though he still holds a temple recommend?
Apparently from your post, there is no difference in the actual damage done by Hardy versus the actual damage done to the country and every single citizen in it by Reid. Your approval of Reid STILL being "worthy" to perform temple ordinances says much, whether about you personally, or about your church is not my call, but one would expect that some "worthy" priesthood holders would be examining their outlook and their faith.
Good for Beck. While I'm not fond of his persona, I approve of some of the things he has accomplished, and applaud his award.
OH PU! This stinks to high heaven and is really starting to get completely unbelievable.