Over the last few days I have heard/read about people about being offended by content here at this blog. I would like to respond by illustrating a significant event that contributed to my loss of respect for the Mormon church.
A non-Mormon relative came with us to church one Sunday morning because my children were going to be singing in the children's choir and saying cute little bits about God and such. At one point in the meeting the congregation were singing a hymn and I stopped cold as I registered the words that were coming out of my mouth.
"The wicked who fight against Zion
Will surely be smitten at last"
and at the end of the next verse:
"While they who reject this glad message
Shall never such happiness know"
The name of this hymn is We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet. You can find the full text to the song here. (I think I now fit into that first category of 'wicked - to be smitten').
I was dumbfounded, embarrassed, shocked but most of all ashamed. Ashamed to be a part of this offensive display of conceit and disrespect. Here was a beloved family member being openly subjected to derision by a room full of religious zealots; and in song!!