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{February 20, 2009}   Senator Chris Buttars

Ah, a faithful mormon preaching what his God teaches him to preach. 

And what was the response of this mormon?

Buttars declined to comment to The Associated Press, but said Friday he would not be issuing an apology.

In a statement released on the Senate Republicans’ blog, Buttars wrote that he will continue to defend traditional marriage.

“I was disappointed to learn of the Utah State Senates censure on February 20, 2009. However, this action will not discourage me from defending marriage from an increasingly vocal and radical segment of the homosexual community.

In recent years, registering opposition to the homosexual agenda has become almost impossible. Political correctness has replaced open and energetic debate. Those who dare to disagree with the homosexual agenda are labeled “haters” and “bigots,” and are censured by their peers.

The media contributes to the problem. Increasingly, individuals with conservative beliefs are targeted by a left leaning media that uses their position of public trust as a bully pulpit. This pattern of intimidation suppresses free speech.

For the record, I do not agree with the censure. I see it as an attempt to shy away from controversy. In particular, I disagree with my removal as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, since my work there is entirely unrelated to my opposition to the homosexual agenda.

Still, I’m a grown man and I can take my knocks. When it comes right down to it, I would rather be censured for doing what I think is right, than be honored by my colleagues for bowing to the pressure of a special interest group that has been allowed to act with impunity.

Thanks to the many citizens who have written and called to express their support. Please know that I’ll live through this to fight another day. In years to come, we’ll all look back at this point in history and see it as a crossroads. I have no intention of resigning.”

What an appropriate way to demonstrate what your God teaches you, right? I mean, Jesus was about what he said in regards to racisim and homosexuality. 
What is interesting is the response by the LDS:

“From the outset, the Church’s position has always been to engage in civil and respectful dialogue on this issue. Senator Buttars does not speak for the Church.”



{February 11, 2009}   Utah Governor Supports Civil Unions

Utah has a constitutional ban on gay marriage and domestic unions that was approved by voters in 2004. At the time, Jon Huntsman said he supported Amendment 3.  Now, Huntsman, who governs one of the country’s most conservative states, said Tuesday he supports civil unions for gay people that would give them many of the same legal rights as married couples. Huntsman isn’t new to gay rights issues. Soon after taking office in 2005, he backed a failed bill that would have granted mutually dependent couples certain health care and property rights.

I believe in the traditional definition of marriage, but I also believe that we can do a better job in enhancing equal rights for more of our citizens.

What is interesting about this is that Hunstman is in fact a practicing LDS, or Mormon. The Associated Press reports that  80 percent to 90 percent of Utah lawmakers belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Following the November election, especially the Proposition 8 fiasco in California, the church issued a statement that Equality Utah has made the focus of its campaign for gay rights in Utah.

“The Church does not object to rights for same-sex couples regarding hospitalization and medical care, fair housing and employment rights, or probate rights, so long as these do not infringe on the integrity of the traditional family or the constitutional rights of churches,” the church said at the time.

Huntsman’s critics are opposing his views. “I’m very disappointed in the governor’s stance. Civil union is really tantamount to marriage,” said Sen. Greg Bell, R-Fruit Heights. “It’s gay-marriage light.”

Huntsman is not running for a third term, so perhaps this is why he is making some changes without any fear. Either way, it is about time that someone is concerned with “equal rights” for its citizens then some antiquated way of thinking, especially with the Mormon’s religious track record.

Here we go again. Dobson is on Beck’s show and they are saying what was being said on the internet is B.S. If that is the case, Beck, your religion is full of LIARS, because the MORMON TIMES was the first that broke the news.

Dobson, you are calling the Underground Apologetics liars too. The statement prepared by your people was as follows:

When contacted Friday, a Focus on the Family worker at the ministry in Colorado Springs, Colo. confirmed that the article had been pulled and read a prepared statement for callers who had called about the Beck article:

“You are correct to note that Mr. Beck is a member of the Mormon church, and that we did not make mention of this fact in our interview with him. We do recognize the deep theological difference between evangelical theology and Mormon theology, and it would have been prudent for us at least to have pointed out these differences. Because of the confusion, we have removed the interview from Citizenlink.”

A-huh, sure. Beck you are being used again. Dobson is just making sure you guys are united against the Atheists. Then when he gets his way, you are going to get kicked to the curb like last time.

Dobson, again, why don’t you follow the bible on mixing yourself with what you are against? Just proving how hypocrisy leads Focus on the Family.

2 Corinthians 6:14 14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?


2803542810_6243985a63_mThe Los Angeles Times has the deal on Rev. Al Sharpton’s comment, if you haven’t read it by now. Here is a comment that was posted on there:

Oh please, you folks, don’t even bother trying to defend the Mormon church. After the obscene amount of money it shoveled into the anti-gay Prop 8 movement they have no room left on the high road.

Judgment Day:

God: And what’s this about gay marriage you were doing?

Mormon/Christian: Thanks for asking God. I fought my little heart out to keep monogamous, happy, committed gay couples from legal equality. Aren’t you proud of me?

God: How did you think that would help feed the poor, shelter the homeless, or in any way expand compassion, love, and faith?

M/C: Well….I….um….

God: You just don’t get it. How would you feel if someone fought to keep you from committing your life to the person you love? Get out of here.

{January 1, 2009}   Evangelical Intolerance

So much for religious tolerance. The LDS or Mormons, got used like an ugly chick for their money during the Proposition 8 issue. $25 million dollars and their grassroots efforts were very good for the “Chrisitians”. Glenn Beck, a mormon, came out with a book and was interviewed by Focus on the Family. Focus seems to have gotten a lot of crap for having that on their website and pulled the interview off the site. They are now getting flack for doing that and they have come out with a statement:

We can, and do, gladly cooperate with friends outside of the evangelical heritage on common causes; but in no case do we intend to alter our clear distinction as unwaveringly grounded in evangelical theology.

Glenn Beck has this to say:

Whatever your beliefs about my religion, the concept of religious tolerance is too important to be sacrificed in response to pressure from special interest groups, especially when it means bowing to censorship. At a time when the world is so full of fear, despair, and divisions, it is my hope that all of those who believe in a loving and peaceful God would stand together on the universal message of hope and forgiveness.

The issue is the following: Many Christians view the L.D.S as a cult, but others are starting to accept them as another religion – some going as far as calling Mormonism a fourth Abrahamic religion. They reject the Trinity and believe in many gods, and most importantly they believe their prophet, Joseph Smith, was “the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam,” according to the Mormons’ History of the Church.

Formally listed under “cults and sects” by the Southern Baptist Convention, Mormonism was later categorized among “newly developed religions” on the North American Mission Board apologetics page.

There are differences in the beliefs, very strong and very different. With the difference stated, and with Focus on the Family pulling the interview, making it perfectly clear that they view the L.D.S, or Mormonism, as a false religion, why accept their money? Does this mean that if a Satanic group were to donate money to the Christians about a cause, would those funds be accepted? That question is a resonable one because this is exactly what they just did, since they consider the L.D.S a false religion.

I see several issues here: Judging. Hypocrisy. Greed. Would I have expected any less from a “Christian” like James Dobson? No. So, Glenn, your money was good. Your products, you and your religious faith, are not good.

If you truly believe in the Bible and you wouldn’t just grab on to bits and pieces, then maybe you would have followed the advice found in 2 Corinthians 6:14 “Unequally Yoked” and you wouldn’t seem like the users that you are.

et cetera