posted by Ethan at 10/11/2005 10:57:00 AM
I don't know that Mayor Anderson had to say anything about "taliban-Mormons. Judging by the heated comments on that thread, I'd guess a vast majority of people don't really want to live here anyways.
I moved here from California about a year ago, and I think that this state needs a little separation of church and state. When I told people I had planned on moving here, they said "why would you do that" The Morman church controls way to much and Mayor answer is right on target......Majority of people I have met think the church controls way too much, including government......I can't wait until 2010!
This is hilarious. Rocky Anderson has created the perception that Utah is a theocracy? Wow, this is great. How about we blame him for polygamy as well? Seriously, Ethan. You have got to find a new outlet for your frustrations. It's bordering on obsession now. How about you take every petty frustration you have with our outspoken mayor, write it down, and cast it into the beautiful blue Danube. Let it go, man, let it go.
Sean -- Judging by most of the stuff I've read by you and other oppressed non-Mormons in Utah -- I'd have to believe Utah was already perceived as a theocracy long before Rocky Anderson opened his mouth.Ethan -- I'd have to agree with sean, although Rocky bugs the heck (Mormon remember) out of me -- let it go. The Rocky Anderson-Taliban discussion is getting a little old.The Taliban comment was a stupid thing to say, and I really am having trouble thinking of anything positive Rocky has done other than using the mayor's office as a soap box for the his liberal agenda. Bigoted or not, your just going to have to deal with him until he either steps down or the GOP's can find someone moderate enough to be elected in SLC.Anon -- As far as the issue of non-LDS people feeling like the church has too much control, I really have no idea how and if that perception/reality can/will ever change. Mormon's have very strong views on issues they feel are related to morality (e.g. alcohol laws, anti-gay marriage amendment, abortion, and others). Until religious demographics change across this state, take every petty frustration you have with the outspoken members of the LDS Church, write it down, and cast it into the beautiful blue Danube. Let it go, man, let it go.
Speaking of the negative stereotypes regarding Mormonism, the Newsweek article this week is pretty good. The article asks the tough, hard to answer questions (pologamy, blacks and Mormon priesthood) without twisting any words of Mormon leaders, and without using false propaganda often spued by hardcore Mormon-haters.Overall it is fair article regarding Joseph Smith and LDS doctrine.
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