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Date Posted: 17:44:05 06/01/05 Wed
Author: Mary, quite contrary
Subject: There is a difference between "between subject to" and being
In reply to: Leif Erlingsson 's message, "In a way the world does indeed revolve around the U.S.." on 00:22:00 05/29/05 Sun

I have sensed that a number of the apostles have not been exactly overjoyed with what is happening in Iraq/around the world or in the American empire. They are careful, yes, but I remember watching the 9/11 memorial the church sponsored; a number of the, especially younger, apostles looked terribly uncomfortable with all the flag-waving.
I used to read a paper, an alternative newspaper, that scolded (rightly, searing satire) most Americans for not paying much attention when "little brown people" were killed in huge numbers in "unheard of" countries. (Please note the quotes; I don't feel this way about other countries/races, just as I suspect President Hinckley doesn't think this war is truly against "terrorism")I think these men who travel to these unheard of countries (I have heard of these countries; I'm trying to expose the standard mentality by using the catch phrases in satire) love "little brown people" and think we ought to have more memorial services for them and less for Americans.
I've been patriotic; I know how the emotion can really grab at you; I was especially so when I was young. The older I get the more I become a Daughter of God than an American citizen. I've gotten quite jaded about nationalism/patriotism.
While loving all the good things about the nation of my birth, I love all the good things about any nation anywhere, while trying to mentally/emotionally/spiritually discard the bad. It's part of a maturation process for me, anyway; I can't speak for anyone else. I think we need to be careful not to assume that general authorities accept and feel all the things we think they do or that the American media report them to be thinking/feeling. Get rid of the commentaries of general conference! (wincing again)
To be subject to physical law, especially, is a requirement if we are not to have anarchy (unfortunately?); anarchy and revolution can endanger social stability and destroy families, etc. But, we are not commanded, anywhere, correct me, if I'm wrong, to "love" our nation or its leaders.

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