When I joined this group, I read this phrase on the front page:
"This list is open to all who are interested in [i]objective[/i],
scholarly discussion about these groups. However, any attempts to use
this list to evangelize or proselytize will not be tolerated."
Feeling confident that I could discuss the beliefs of the diverse
groups of the Restoration with respect, despite my many disagreements
with such groups. I am a rational person, who reads every message
that has come through this group since I joined. Last summer, a
similar problem occurred, and I simply ignored it, preferring not to
get irritated over a simple little Internet group. But it is
happening again, and I am beginning to find myself very upset with the
disrespect that is directed towards the Salt Lake City-based Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Why on earth would someone join a group that discusses the many facets
of the Restoration movement, inculding churches far less "mainstream"
than mine, and pick the largest group as a target of criticism?
Nevermind the facts that there are many who even call churches as
mainstream as the Community of Christ a cult (see
. The LDS Church is also a part of the
Restoration movement, and therefore we deserve to be treated with the
same respect that all the other branches are treated in this little
Yahoo! group. This is for intelligent discussion, not the the petty
name calling that continually seems to get thrown out there.
And to accuse my church as THE church of phalluses, innuendo, and
abuse is absurd. One could easily draw such conclusions from any
number of things from each of your organizations. Nor can we forget
how very sexual the Israelites were, even collecting the foreskins of
Philistines and such. We need no self-righteous self-promulgation
here. We don't need people to draw unnecessary/innaccurate and
supposedly sexual conclusions about the way we do things. We all
worship "according to the dictates of our own conscience," and if you
need a place to flame my religion, there are a number of other forums
for your amusement elsewhere.
I'm sorry if this seems a bit rash. Understand that I was caught in a
very defensive mood. It's not like my "cult" hasn't a leg to stand
on. I do my fair share of writing doctrinal treatises in better
moods. But please, try to show the same respect towards my faith that
I've shown for each of yours.
--- In LDSgroups@yahoogroups.com, Patlabb@... wrote:
> In a message dated 6/15/2006 12:11:15 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> shacg@... writes:
> It does seem a little ironic that with all this sexual stuff that goes
> on; that the Mormon church puts all this emphasis on modesty. I even
> remember when there were youth activities that involved swimming;
> bikinis were not allowed.
> The Mormon Church has a lot of contradictions (like most cults), in
> when I left the Mormon Church and was baptized in a Restoration
> told my ex-wife to divorce me since I was an apostate. They told my
> not to associate with me if they wanted to be good little Mormons
and get into
> the Celestial Kingdom. My wife did divorce me but A COURT enforced
> visitation. The real irony is that she re-married a "good" Mormon,
who beat her and is
> now in prison in Utah for child molestation. NONE OF MY CHILDREN ARE
> IN THE MORMON CHURCH, none of them unfortunately go to church. The
> children that go to church are my children with my present wife. We
> belong to the Community of Christ.
> _Patrick C. L'abbe _ (http://www.hometown.aol.com/patlabb)
> _Knights of Pythias_ (http://www.pythias.org/)
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> Charleston,S.C_ (http://stonewall-jasper.tripod.com/) .