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Date Posted: 13:07:43 11/14/06 Tue
Author: Jay
Subject: Thank you!
In reply to: Deborah 's message, "It was a musing, Jay..." on 22:38:59 11/09/06 Thu

The thing that sort of bugs me is that it's almost assumed that those of us who are LDS are also red republicans. And when people like me say anything bad against the republicans, or against Bush, you can hear people gasping for air.

Last fast and testimony meeting at church was particularly difficult for me. Being the Sunday prior to Vetran's Day, there were several in the congregation who donned their military uniforms and I believe that every one of them bore their testimonies about the military. Somehow, I thought that testimony meetings were supposed to be about our faith in Christ, not about the military. And those who repeatedly tell me that if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be sitting there worshiping according to the dictates of my own conscience . . . blah, blah, blah.

I appreciate the military and vetrans. I don't appreciate illegal wars, wars of aggression, wars that are for the purpose of expanding the American empire, and wars that are not provoked. But we have those with the mindset that supporting the military means supporting the war, and the visa versa.

I enjoy the email exchanges with this man, but he doesn't seem to feel the same. The fact that we disagree vehemently about politics doesn't affect my feelings towards him as a brother, but I don't see the same from him. I will often say "hi" to him at church just to have him look away and pretend he didn't hear me. Oh well . . . I guess I'm a lost sheep.


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