the problem is that Daschle is publically claiming to be Catholic as part of his campaign pitch. If he refuses to stop, and refuse to stop endorsing abortion, you are forced to make your disagreement public. ...What would happen if, after the excommunication, the man kept claiming to be LDS in good standing, even if he didnt participate because he was excommunicated? Would they just let those claims stand uncontested?
You have a point, and I don't know the answer. Every year we have interviews with our bishop to answer questions fundamental to our worthiness to be members of our church, about whether we are keeping the commandments, attending our meetings, taking proper care of our families, et cetera. Being involved in pro-abortion activities in any way is a definite no-no to us. There has been a prominent case recently of a MINO (Mormon in Name Only) who was publically challenging our doctrines--not on the abortion rights issue, but on a matter of history. He made it clear, in public, that he was only wanting to stay in our church for social reasons--he didn't believe what we believe. SLAP! When he went out of his way to make the excommunication or disfellowship proceedings by the church against him public, the hearings were put off. Haven't heard a word since, so I don't know if they reined him in somehow or ex'd him or if they're just letting things sit. Had he kept pushing, though, I suppose we would have had no choice but to make his excommunication a public matter.
We prefer to do things in a quiet, private, dignified manner, as I suppose the Catholic church prefers as wel, but if someone left us NO CHOICE we could play hardball. A Daschle in our midst would no doubt make us do that. Oh, shudder, what must it be like to have a Daschle in your midst!? My major annoyances are people in my church who gossip or fight endlessly over whether chocolate is allowed or not. (Sheesh.) Compared to a Daschle who publically fights against all your religion teaches, that's not really important!
I see now that you all really have no choice anymore. Daschle is killing innocent babies with his actions. There really is no way around that...doesn't a plan to murder trump the confidentiality of the confessional?
posted on 04/25/2003 9:05:19 AM PDT
(My new bumper sticker: MY OTHER DRIVER IS A ROCKET SCIENTIST)
"My major annoyances are people in my church who gossip or fight endlessly over whether chocolate is allowed or not."
We argue over similar things. It has changed over the years, but people are people.
posted on 04/25/2003 9:45:57 AM PDT
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