Friday, October 7, 2011

Open mouth; insert foot

"It is better to keep quiet and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt..."

How embarrassing for Robert Jeffress, the senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Dallas...and some others closer to home too who speak before they think.
Continuing the stupidity...
Bryan Fischer, the spokesman for the American Family Association and who the [New York] Times said "is known for his strident remarks on homosexuality, gay rights, Muslims and Mormons."
Fischer claims that First Amendment protections of religious freedom do not apply to "non-Christian religions," a category in which he includes The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, asserting that it is "very clear that the Founding Fathers did not intend to preserve automatically religious liberty for non-Christian faiths."
Latter-day Saints worship Christ, as the church's full name denotes.
So the Times found it noteworthy that Romney, a Latter-day Saint, has been asked to speak right before Fischer, someone who doesn't think he is entitled to religious freedom. And an organization called People for the American Way think Romney and others should say something about it.  The organization is calling on Republican presidential candidates to "denounce Bryan Fischer's long history of unmitigated bigotry."  (Read more here)
The fact is that it is so stupid, it really doesn't even warrant a response.

The church states simply that if you want to know how our religion is based upon Christ, check us out at  And if you prefer to read more, I would recommend Robert L. Millet's books, Alive in Christ,  Modern Mormonism - Myths and Realities, the books he has co-authored with his Evangelical friends,  Bridging the Divide: The Continuing Conversation Between a Mormon and an Evangelical , (co-authored with Rev. Gregory C. V. Johnson and Claiming Christ: A Mormon-Evangelical Debate   (co-authored with Gerald McDermott) or any of his other 60 books.  
Who do you think knows more about the beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - its scholars and members or its detractors?

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