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Beck Dispels Biggest Mormon Myths in Blaze TV Special
The Blaze ^ | 9/7/12 | Billy Hallowell

Posted on 09/09/2012 10:23:41 AM PDT by Mozilla

On Thursday night, Glenn Beck tackled an issue that has come up frequently throughout the 2012 presidential campaign — Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith. Prior to the show, the radio and television host invited TheBlaze readers and viewers to submit their questions, as he sought to address the myths that often surround The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Beck, who is also a Mormon, told viewers that his faith is inherent in all that he does. In fact, it is his personal relationship with God that guides his actions and sustains him.

“I do what I do, because of my faith,” Beck told viewers. “Because of my faith, I’m not afraid.”

He also went on to highlight some of the elements that people need to know about his personal faith and its central underpinnings. From a belief in Jesus Christ to the notion that helping one’s fellow man is essential, these values lay at the center of the Mormon experience.

“God lives. We survive. America flourishes,” he continued, listing off the other sentiments that Mormons embrace. “The Messiah came and he will come again. Be good to one another. Give until it hurts. Give to the poor, the hungry and the underprivileged. Obey God. Make a covenant with him. He keeps his word. But be on his side. Don’t try to get him on your side.”

The first issue — or myth, rather — that Beck tackled was polygamy, a marriage that includes more than two individuals. Since there is mass confusion surrounding Mormons and plural marriage, Beck provided in-depth background and historical analysis on the issue. While he explained that Mormons did, indeed, practice polygamy at one point in time, he notes that this dynamic ended 122 years ago and that the church takes a strong stance against it today.

GlennBeck.com has more about Beck’s statements surrounding historical constructs of the former practice:

He explained that in the 1800s, there was massive persecution of Mormons wer driven out of New York, Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois. In Missouri, the governor even issued Executive Order-44 which ordered that all Mormons be exterminated or driven out of the state, resulting in 10,000 Mormons who lived there either being killed or forced to flee. Executive Order-44 wasn’t overturned until 1976. As a result of this persecution, there weren’t many men left. The desire to repopulate played a role in the decision to practice polygamy, but only about 5% did it before the practice came to an end in 1890.

He called polygamy ”a perversion of everything we believe in.”

“The media would have nothing more to have Americans believe that anybody who believes what I believe is [Warren Jeffs],” Beck said, referring to a cult leader who is serving a life sentence for having relationships with underage girls.

Contemporary polygamists aren’t Mormons, Beck explained. Watch the host tackle the polygamy issue, below:

Next, he delved into the so-called “magic underwear” discussion. He was, of course, referring to the undergarments that Mormon adherents wear. Many times, this element of the faith is mocked and ridiculed, as non-believers don‘t understand the significance and haven’t necessarily been exposed to the reasoning behind wearing the clothing.

“It is to remind us of something very sacred,” Beck explained. “It’s a reminder of the promises we make at the Temple.”

Rather than serving as a secretive and elusive tool, the underwear represent the personal promises that Mormons make to be “faithful, modest, and temperate.”

While it’s not always easy to wear the undergarments, especially when it comes to finding clothing to wear over them, Beck said that the difficulty makes it more sacred and meaningful. Considering the importance of the underwear to the Mormon faith, it also become more painful, the host admitted, when others mock the practice:

Beck also tackled the purported “secretive” activities that unfold in the temple. While many critics have alleged that the church is elusive and that some of the activities are top-secret, Beck made it clear that there’s nothing surprising or startling going on behind closed doors.

“There’s no secret stuff,” Beck explained. “There‘s nothing you will find in the temple that you won’t find in the Old or New Testament.”

Marriage and baptism are two of the practices that take place inside Mormon houses of worship — elements that most other Christian denominations can relate to. Beck did delve into “baptism for the dead,” a practice that he said has roots in 1 Corinthians.

See him tackle these subjects, below:

There is also, of course, the question of Mormon missionaries. Beck described the fascinating, two-year trips that young believers make to help spread the faith, while simultaneously embarking on a journey to find themselves.

During this time, young Mormons find themselves “preaching the word and reading the scriptures,” as they go door-to-door to discuss their faith. While sharing an example of a friend’s son who just left for Finland for a mission, Beck encouraged others — regardless of their faiths — to engage in similar experiences.

“He will live the exact opposite of a trophy society. In a culture where ‘I’ve got to go find myself, while spending $50,000 a year and listen to a bunch of liberal Marxist professors at some liberal college…these guys do find themselves,” Beck proclaimed. “Please, do this in your faith. It changes your children…it’s one of the reasons that Mormons are so successful. They know why they are at an early age.”

“It’s not weird to be a Mormon. And it‘s not weird to be president if you’re Mormon,” Beck concluded.

This special episode comes as the nation prepares to potentially elect its first Mormon president. While some biases certainly continue to color Romney’s candidacy, the impact appears to be minimal. As we’ve previously reported, November 2011 Pew Research Center results found that, while Romney may have experienced some negative results due to his Mormon faith in the primary race, his general election chances likely won’t be impacted.

Unfortunately, this hasn’t stopped anti-Mormon attacks from unfolding in media. Beck’s goal, of course, was to dispel some of the myths that drive and fuel these incidents.


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KEYWORDS: beck; glennbeck; lds; mormonism; mormons; romney
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Video at the site of various clips from the show.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/beck-dispels-biggest-mormon-myths-in-blazetv-special-polygamy-magic-underwear-secretive-temple-activities/

1 posted on 09/09/2012 10:23:45 AM PDT by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla; rm

This article is about a religion, Mormonism...

Shouldnt it be in the Religion Forum ???


2 posted on 09/09/2012 10:36:46 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Mozilla

Ping for later


3 posted on 09/09/2012 10:39:51 AM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: Mozilla
polygamy, a marriage that includes more than two individuals.

Polygamy is a marriage that includes a man and more than one wife. Polyandry is a marriage in that includes a wife and more than one husband.

4 posted on 09/09/2012 10:40:07 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: Tennessee Nana

It seems that Beck left out the part about God once being a mere man.

I’m sure his next video will be a show on all the archaeological sites mentioned in the Book of Mormon.

Just minor oversights.


5 posted on 09/09/2012 10:44:01 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Mozilla
Here is a good primer on Mormonism:

http://www.amazon.com/Mormonism-Mama-Thelma-Granny-Geer/dp/1881256332/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347212436&sr=1-1&keywords=mormonism+mama+me


6 posted on 09/09/2012 10:44:02 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Mozilla

I was somewhat disappointed in the clips of the show that I saw. He does explain that polygamy is not officially countenanced by the LDS today, but he did not do a very good job of explaining why they allowed it in the first place, nor the reasoning behind stopping the practice.


7 posted on 09/09/2012 10:45:02 AM PDT by Stegall Tx (Living off your tax dollars can be kinda fun, but not terribly profitable.)
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To: Fiji Hill

The reason Malibu Ken’s grandfather took his multi-wived family to live in Mexico was because polygamy was outlawed in the U.S.A.. He just left that part out when he appealed to the Mexican vote during the RNC convention.


8 posted on 09/09/2012 10:46:16 AM PDT by Paperdoll (On the cutting edge.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

“This article is about a religion, Mormonism...

Shouldnt it be in the Religion Forum ???”
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With all the anti-Morman attacks in today’s politics and in the 2012 campaign I think it’s perfectly placed. Of course, some will want to “hide” threads such as this.


9 posted on 09/09/2012 10:50:07 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: Stegall Tx

How many wives did King Solomon and King David have?


10 posted on 09/09/2012 10:53:04 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Mozilla

Beck can save his efforts. Ryan has my vote sewn up.


11 posted on 09/09/2012 10:56:31 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Romney/Ryan 2012)
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To: driftdiver

More than I do? ;-)


12 posted on 09/09/2012 10:59:26 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: Tennessee Nana

In the religion forum? No, if its here, everyone can comment, not just the mormons. So i like that. It seems like an open way to discuss things. Even people like you can chime in and opine as long as you stay within FR rules. Besides, every day i get treated for example to numerous Catholic theads here that are nothing but pure esoteric dogma discussions, and they are not always in the religion forum. Yet, i never see you whine about that?


13 posted on 09/09/2012 10:59:49 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Tennessee Nana
"Shouldnt it be in the Religion Forum ???"

Thought about it. But had already been posting it in the news area so just finished it and posted. Sorry.

14 posted on 09/09/2012 11:00:54 AM PDT by Mozilla (Constitution Party)
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To: Mozilla

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcpqTWHsCHU

“Twern’t Mormons”


15 posted on 09/09/2012 11:03:53 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: DesertRhino

Yeah. I see numerous Catholic and Islamic threads in the news area.


16 posted on 09/09/2012 11:04:08 AM PDT by Mozilla (Constitution Party)
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To: Mozilla; greyfoxx39; Colofornian; Elsie; Godzilla; Tennessee Nana

Mormonism has enough fantasies, from God being married to blacks being excluded from the priesthood that is not even part of the NT church, that men like Beck can only engage in damage control when exposed.

It owes what virtue it has to the Bible, which the LDS exalts its own writings and authority over.


17 posted on 09/09/2012 11:07:51 AM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a damned+destitute actual sinner, + trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: Mozilla

Oh good God Almighty.
This piece is so full of distortions on the history of mormonism I am howling with laughter.
But hey, Beck marches to the mormon godS drum, not a surprise.
The real question is should he be exposing mormonism before the election.
And when those of us who know mormonism and said Romney is mormonism that’s who he is, will they finally get it.


18 posted on 09/09/2012 11:09:20 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: svcw

Funny how we never see you attacking Islam.


19 posted on 09/09/2012 11:12:10 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Mozilla
Beck dodges theology and addresses side issues like magic underwear, polygamy, temple practices.

But it's the theology that's central and that's where orthodoxy and Mormonism part ways.

20 posted on 09/09/2012 11:12:27 AM PDT by what's up
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To: Stegall Tx

Beck can’t tell you why mormons practiced polygamy before because it was “revealed” so Joseph Smith could bed down under aged girls and other men’s wives.
And by the way polygamy is still practiced today, they cover it over by calling it celestial marriage.


21 posted on 09/09/2012 11:13:29 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: driftdiver

Not relevant, nice try.


22 posted on 09/09/2012 11:14:18 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: what's up

Side issues yes, but those are frequently used to attack Mormons.

How about explaining from a Biblical view why Mormons aren’t Christians instead of focusing on their underwear?


23 posted on 09/09/2012 11:16:00 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Funny we don’t see that from you either.
Oh, this is about Beck and mormonism, did ya notice that?


24 posted on 09/09/2012 11:16:26 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: svcw

Certainly its relevant, you mormon haters are always comparing Mormons to Islam, yet you never attack Islam.

Why is that?


25 posted on 09/09/2012 11:17:32 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: svcw

I frequently condemn Islam on FR, do a search, I’m sure its easy to find.

Yes this thread is about Beck and mormonism, which you attack non-stop in your efforts to keep Romney from being elected.


26 posted on 09/09/2012 11:20:04 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

mormonism teaches multi-godS - not Christian
mormonism teaches that god was once a man - not Christian
mormonism teaches that their jesus is just another dude who attained some sort of status - not Christian
mormonism teaches that we can become gods - not Christian
mormonism teaches works based salvation - not Christian
mormonism teaches that their jesus did not pay the price on the cross - not Christian
mormonism teaches eternal marriage - not Christian
mormonism teaches you can have your own planet to rule (only men) and many many wives who are eternally pregnant - not Christian
mormonism teaches that all Christian (Catholic and Protestant) churches are an abomination and are whores of Babylon - not Christian
Do you need more examples?


27 posted on 09/09/2012 11:23:08 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: driftdiver

I do not hate mormons, prove that statement.
When you post a thread about islam, ping me.


28 posted on 09/09/2012 11:24:11 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: svcw

The comment nice try was in reference to King’s David and Solomon.


29 posted on 09/09/2012 11:25:14 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: driftdiver

I don’t want liberalism elected, if you are fine with that, it’s on you not me.


30 posted on 09/09/2012 11:26:22 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: svcw

No, I know Mormonism isn’t Christian.

How do you plan to convert any Mormons with the constant hate?


31 posted on 09/09/2012 11:26:58 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

nonstop - that’s funny.


32 posted on 09/09/2012 11:27:31 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: driftdiver

Again with the ‘hate’, prove your repeated statement “you hate mormons”.


33 posted on 09/09/2012 11:28:31 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: svcw

“I do not hate mormons, prove that statement.”

You’ve proven it time after time.

Jesus instructed Christians to evangelize using love and grace. Not with hate, anger, and fighting. Doing so is taking the Lords name in vain.


34 posted on 09/09/2012 11:28:33 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Again your repeat ‘hate’, I do not hate mormons, exposing mormonism. is not hate.


35 posted on 09/09/2012 11:29:37 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: svcw

Certainly its relevant. Having multiple wives has and is acceptable in numerous cultures throughout history. If you’re going to use it as a reason to condemn Mormons then you need to acknowledge that prominent Christians also had multiple wives. In fact King Solomon had multiple wives for much the same reason as the early Mormons; power and wealth.


36 posted on 09/09/2012 11:31:48 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Mozilla

And i ain’t a mormon either. But fair is fair. And besides, like it or not, we are either about to have a moslem communist homosexual president, OR a mormon one we might need to ride close herd on.

Easy choice. I like Utah culture one hell of a lot more than i do that of Rhyad, Mecca, Cairo and Tehran. So it would behoove us to know what we can about that church.
Glen smoothed over a few things, sure. But thats the beauty of putting it in this forum, non mormons can explain how they think he glossed over the polygamy change back in the statehood days for example. Not seeing the downside.


37 posted on 09/09/2012 11:32:42 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: svcw

“I don’t want liberalism elected, if you are fine with that, it’s on you not me.”

Thats not a choice we have at this point. The next President will be Obama or Romney.


38 posted on 09/09/2012 11:33:05 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

How do you not understand historical context


39 posted on 09/09/2012 11:33:51 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: svcw

In both cases it was wrong and sinful. In both cases it lead to significant problems.


41 posted on 09/09/2012 11:36:29 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver
How about explaining from a Biblical view why Mormons aren’t Christians

Well...I see that done often as well.

Have done it myself in fact.

42 posted on 09/09/2012 11:37:23 AM PDT by what's up
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To: Tennessee Nana

So again, why don’t you condemn Islam?


43 posted on 09/09/2012 11:37:35 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: svcw; driftdiver

Pointing out how Mormonism differs from traditional Christianity is not “hate.”


45 posted on 09/09/2012 11:41:52 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: Tennessee Nana

“And just like Mohammad he felt he was entiltled to lots of women”

Meanwhile, rational men look for ways to escape them. I cannot fathom the self hatred that would lead a man to want extra wives. What kind of special hell must that be to have 4 mothers in law, 19 sister in laws, etc.


46 posted on 09/09/2012 11:42:21 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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General question, simply because I don't remember:

does polygamy appear only in the Old Testament, or in the New Testament as well?

47 posted on 09/09/2012 11:42:40 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Mozilla

A lot of dishonest balderdash in what beck said.

Did he mention how the Mormons would vote in unison for anyone the ‘Prophet’ said to vote for, and their neighbors drove them out for that?

And the “Mormon War” in Missouri killed...22 people. Not exactly enough to cause a need for polygamy.


48 posted on 09/09/2012 11:44:28 AM PDT by Mr Rogers
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To: driftdiver

you need to acknowledge that prominent Christians also had multiple wives. In fact King Solomon
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Ah king Solomon was not a Christian...

King Solomon was alive about 1,000 years BEFORE the LORD Jesus Christ who is and has always been God left His Heaven and was born as a baby...


49 posted on 09/09/2012 11:45:37 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: DesertRhino
hmm ~ discussions of Catholic dogma ~ on FR! Zoot alors!

The difference is that just about everybody signed on to the Peace of Westphalia ~ even the Pope, serious Protestant leaders, kings, princes and folks who imagined themselves to be very important.

There were some standards set that would be good to adapt to ~ that (1) nations don't go to war over the religious beliefs of their neighbors, (2) nations are in charge of their own conduct regarding matters of religion

Implicit in those two points is the idea that OTHERS can criticize whatever your religion believes, and folks can propound on their religious beliefs without concern for the religious sensibilities of others.

What I"m leading up to is the fact that Eastern Orthodox, Moslem and Mormon groups didn't sign on to the Treaties that made up the Peace of Westphalia ~ which might well be part of the source of your discomfort.

You might look it up and study it someday. It replaced simple toleration with a different belief ~ (1) you can believe whatever you can get away with, and (2) others can criticize it and you got to stand there and take it.

When the Bill of Rights came along the principle was extended a bit to include speech, press, peaceable assembly, petition, and several other things.

No one gets a special exception carved out ~ as a citizen I can complain and kvetch about anybody's religion and there's nothing they can do about it, NOR should they expect anything to be done, or sympathy extended.

You will need to catch up and that might as well be now as some other time.

BTW, I find the Catholic discussions interesting ~ they extend my understanding of a part of that religious tradition not often seen outside of church. So, thanks Catholics ~ good job. Never mind me eh!

50 posted on 09/09/2012 11:46:37 AM PDT by muawiyah
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