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Date Posted: 08:37:55 03/02/07 Fri
Author: Chuck in ND
Subject: I'm a but troubled
In reply to: wanderer 's message, "Another perspective" on 15:49:44 02/27/07 Tue

I'm not sure if I understand what you're saying, but here's how I understand it:

(We'll ignore for the moment that every thing Pres. Hinckley said in support of the war was based on Bush's lies and contrary to the Constitution that LDS believe to be divinely inspired. Put that aside for the moment. We'll even ignore the fact that he said this was his OPINION, not a divine decree.)

Pres. Hinckley said (summarizing your CAPS) "this war is justified, we have an obligation to support it, those who protest it are on the side of evil."

Whew! Pretty powerful words. So we have two choices: believe and follow all he said or pray about it, use our minds and refer to already established doctrine to determine if he really is speaking God's Truth. But are you saying we don't even have option #2? That we are to just believe all that he says here and march gleefully into war? Or you're saying that even though we have the option to think about it, most LDS don't?

See, if we are using this statement by Pres. Hinckley as the reason 3/4 of all Mormons support the war, it sounds like an awful lot of people have turned their minds off and are blindly following the words of a leader. Because if Mormons thought about this; didn't think that "the thinking wasn't done for them"; if Mormons felt that they could arrive at their own opinion on the war, I think that poll numbers would be a lot more similar to that of Evangelicals (whose leaders have also endorsed the war, but who obviously have brought a lot more thought to the issue, thus wider dissension from the opinions of their leaders.)

Almost as discouraging as these numbers are, is the thought that those numbers exist because the Prophet spoke and all thinking ceased.

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