6.05.2006

The Philosphical Viewpoint on The Marriage Amendment

In yesterday's Tribune, a BYU Philosophy professor named Jeffrey Nielsen expresses his thoughts on the proposed amendment here.

From that op/ed piece, there were two comments that stood out to me:

"Ultimately, any appeal to religious authority to create law is misplaced. Our Founding Fathers were inspired by their study of history to separate constitutional authority from religious belief, recognizing as they did the potential for tyranny in unchecked religious influence. In our pluralistic democracy, attempting to restrict an individual's rights and privileges based upon a religious claim is a dangerous rejection of our Founding Fathers' wise insight, and it should be unacceptable to all Americans."

And...

"
God is not the author of incoherence or injustice, but we humans often are. We in the LDS Church must be more honest about our history, including the past and future practice of polygamy in our official doctrine. This will be difficult, for it will reveal that we have been less than truthful in our public relations, and it will show our inconsistency with current statements opposing gay marriage.
We can no longer afford to teach only what is useful and hope people won't discover what is true. In this day of easy Internet access, a person can find more real history of the LDS Church in 30 minutes online than the same person would in a lifetime studying approved church materials.
This is not right. Too many individuals have suffered a loss of faith when they were forced to choose between the truth or their family after innocently discovering the discrepancy between genuine history and the official story of the church."

The entire piece is worth the read, for sure. Wonder if he's going to get called down to the principal's office....

3 comments:

for what it's worth said...

I am guessing that he won't asked to speak at General Conference huh?
His article makes some interesting points. Ah, consider the Free Masons

Cindy said...

I hear the mayor of Kanab is sending his Stake President a letter...

That One Guy said...

nice... crack me up...