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Date Posted: 17:24:02 02/27/07 Tue
Author: Jay
Subject: I've read that talk many times . . .
In reply to: wanderer 's message, "Another perspective" on 15:49:44 02/27/07 Tue

. . . and I'm left as confused as ever. Which is one of the reasons you see so many websites and blogs with a lot of discussion about what it was he was trying to say. His words were vague, at best. Does he or did he support our invasion of Iraq or not? The text is not clear. And he even threw in the words "my personal feelings" to make it even more vague.

What I can rely on are other addresses which he has given which have been very clear. Here are a few quotes from talks that he has given as president of the Church:

"Let every man and woman in this congregation this day know that as members of this Church, he and she have an obligation to live the law, to bend their lives into conformity with the law of the land in which you live, to be good citizens-honest and upright and true in every respect, my brothers and sisters."

"We must be righteous and moral. We must live the gospel principles-all of them. We have no right to expect a higher degree of morality from those who represent us than what we ourselves are. To live a higher law means we will not seek to receive what we have not earned by our own labor. It means we will remember that government owes us nothing. It means we will keep the laws of the land. It means we will look to God as our Lawgiver and the source of our liberty."

"Civic Responsibility: the duty of the citizens of a nation to participate in the formation of public policy and to uphold and obey the laws created thereby. Each citizen has a duty to elect good, honest, wise men and women to represent them in all levels of government, to inform themselves on political issues, and to make their opinions known to their representatives. All citizens of a free society also have the duty to be actively involved in efforts to defend their freedoms, improve their communities, and act responsibly toward themselves and all other citizens. Parents have a responsiblity to teach their children to be responsible citizens."

"As laws are passed, we have the responsibility to obey those laws that we have indirectly approved by voting for our representatives."

"We believe in honoring, obeying, and sustaining the law."

President Hinckley has made it very clear on many occasions that we are to abide by the laws of the respective nations in which we live. Therefore, I believe that we are obligated to oppose the war in Iraq, since it is crystal clear in the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, that the war was illegally prosecuted.


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