In the news recently there has been a call against the evangelists who put the anti-Mormon DVD on doors throughout Utah. The DVD that told Mormons how WRONG they were–lovingly, of course–and how they need to “get right with God.”
Apparently, the Anti-Defamation League is now stepping in calling this DVD “Mormon bashing.”
Bill Straus, ADL Arizona Regional Director, observed: “This is the same kind of plain, old-fashioned Mormon-bashing that Jim Robertson and his group have been spewing for over a quarter-of-a-century. The only difference is that back then, it was the film, ‘The God Makers,’ and today it’s the DVD, ‘Jesus Christ/Joseph Smith.’ It was wrong then, and it’s wrong now.”
Is he right? Well, sorta. Here’s the thing. MORMONS have been doing this for years. The “we have the only true thing” is not something that the Evangelical Christians have a copyright on. While it ISN’T okay for the ECs to do it, NEITHER is it okay for the Mormons to do it! And do it they have been for years. It wouldn’t take much research to find Mormon video upon Mormon video that ENFORCES their stance they have THE ONLY TRUE GOSPEL. And they are willing to LIE to get you to accept it. So why are the actions of the EC group–handing out the DVD–any different from what Mormons do? Mormons go door to door, after all, in pairs, telling the world that they have “the only true religion.”
My opinion? I think they are BOTH wrong. I haven’t seen the DVD, but I’m sure I’ve heard all the claims before, and while I believe it is most likely factual, it loses credibility when it sinks into the “I’m right and you’re wrong” phase.
I don’t really understand ANYONE who claims they have the only true thing, and the rest of the world better line up and kiss their feet, because BY GOD they have the only true thing. It seems that much of organized religion ends up that way. It’s sad. (The “By God” was intentional.)
Is it hate? Of course. Or maybe just fear.
The ECs are no different from the Mormons, and both sides are of the “I’m right and you’re wrong” camp.
Maybe if they BOTH stepped back and said, “Well, I would like to respect your belief, and hope you find happiness with it,” things would be okay. That won’t happen. Because they are BOTH based on absolutes, even though absolutes are, for the most part, ridiculous.
I would like to think that ex-Mormons, non-Mormons and Mormons could find a similar place, a place where they say “Hey, your religion is interesting. Mine’s a bit different,” and leave it at that. But that won’t happen, because of THOSE SAME ABSOLUTES. They ALL BELIEVE THEY ARE RIGHT.
Bottom line: Is the DVD a hate DVD? No. Straus, you should look a little deeper into the tactics of Mormons, and their beliefs. You should talk to my youngest daughter, who recently fell prey to the “I’m right and you’re wrong” belief system of Mormons, in a very difficult way. Even someone you think is your close friend can suddenly pull the “moral superiority” card out, and bitchslap you with it.
Truthfully, the Mormons have a lot more in common with the Evangelical Christians than either side would care to admit.
I see the Mormon side a lot. I see the hate, disguised as love, veiled with contempt, loaded with moral superiority. For example, this missive from our new friend, Adam.
You guys should really get a life!! Honestly, is this what you guys spend your whole day doing? Bashing Religion and putting down peoples faith? The truth is that religion no matter what faith or denomination is a very good thing and gives people hope and happiness. It is people like all of you that cause this world so many unnecessary problems and spite between others. It is people like you that make racism and hatred exist within us. If all you have time to do is put down anothers beliefs and religion then I feel very sorry for you, it must be a horrible life for you. Its really too bad that you can’t be doing something more productive to make this world a little bit of a better place to live in.
Adam? First of all, you are spewing your own hatred, and don’t seem to realize it.
Second, please reconsider this:
The truth is that religion no matter what faith or denomination is a very good thing and gives people hope and happiness.
Hmm. Below, I give examples that prove this statement patently false.
http://www.religioustolerance.org/dc_jones.htm Jim Jones. Cyanide Koolaid. Guns. Sex. Mass death. Need I say more? Just read.
Ah, David Koresh and the Branch Davidians. Can you smell the burning flesh?
Mountain Meadows Massacre, anyone?
Look, Adam. You are so wrong, it’s SCARY how wrong you are. As long as you are claiming to have the ONLY TRUE THING, the danger exists. You hate this site, because it exposes the truth. It exposes Mormonism, warts and all. Is Mormonism the ONLY religion with warts? Nope. Suspect you can find them on every single one of them.
Religion is the most dangerous energy source known to humankind. The moment a person (or government or religion or organization) is convinced that God is either ordering or sanctioning a cause or project, anything goes. The history, worldwide, of religion-fueled hate, killing, and oppression is staggering. —Eugene Peterson (from the introduction to the book of Amos in the Bible paraphrase The Message)
Take a step back, Adam, and examine your own hypocrisy. You are mad because I say I don’t believe it’s true, and write about it. And yet… Your religion does the same. Not only that, but your religion sends out MISSIONARIES by the droves, going door to door, trying to convince people that THEY ARE RIGHT and THE REST OF THE WORLD IS WRONG. They make videos. They film commercials. YOUR RELIGION is all about spreading “THEIR TRUTH,” but what I believe, “my truth,” is an offense?
I find YOUR TRUTH an offense. Too bad your mind is not open enough to see how incredibly un-Christlike your actions really all.
I have a life, Adam, and one I love dearly. Unfortunately, it is one lived out among the Mormons, and since my view is different, you get to hear it. It doesn’t make it wrong. It makes it DIFFERENT. What is so scary about DIFFERENT? Why are you so threatened, because I don’t believe, and am willing to admit it openly?
Daily I see the effect of mind-numbing, moral superiority and guess what? I DON’T have to accept it.
If you don’t like what I say, don’t read it. Wow, what a novel concept.
Hate comes in all shapes and sizes. Take a look at what you are wearing…