one’s fate to God has been the mantra of religious theologies nearly the world
over. But is that the safe way to profess one’s dedication to Jesus Christ in
today’s uncertain world beset by political uprisings, violent protests,
desperate populations – think Hong Kong, Venezuela of the moment – and the
growing scourge of unbalanced individuals desperately seeking public
recognition by mass shootings in schools, workplaces, night life
establishments, sporting events, and churches?
Mormons don’t have the market cornered on religious persecution, their history
is one filled with historic resentment by some detractors who view freedom of
religion as one of the unintended consequences of the First Amendment. It is
surprising, then, that Mormons lean politically conservative and often publicly
display their political polarities in unabashed fashion for all to see. We know
Mormons who had a great partisan dislike for former Democrat Senate leader
Harry Reid and publicly said so in no uncertain terms. Yet they are strong
supporters of moderate Mitt Romney, a Republican seen as more a RINO per party
designation than, say, former Senator Orrin Hatch, a strongly avowed conservative.
Both Romney and Hatch are dedicated to their LDS precepts. And Mormons are
the sudden turnabout regarding an unarmed LDS faithful attending not just
Sunday services but at a plethora of other religious-tinged events with family
and friends all through each week? We admire the LDS dedication to worship
Jesus, and in that setting they are as firm in their allegiance as any other
denomination, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, and other followers of
Christ. But taking their chances as they did historically being run out of not
just New York, Ohio, Illinois, and Missouri by armed detractors before finally
settling in Utah’s Salt Lake Valley is, while historical, not perceptively
immune from further attacks such as happened in Nevada in 2018 when a deranged
shooter attacked an LDS church and killed one worshipper.
protects freedom of speech, the expression of religion, of the press, and the
right to peacefully assemble, yet all are attacked in one way or other in our
contemporary world. The 2A provides a measure whereby anyone forcefully and
egregiously attacking others can rise to their own defense and to the defense
of others. The hierarchy of the Church of Latter Day Saints has decided to
allow armed police while “stripping” congregants of their self-protection but,
in today’s world of far too many gun-free zones, we can only hope that the LDS
church hasn’t erred beyond their means of self-defense.
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Bob Rogers is the Editor and Publisher of GunPro Plus, America’s premier daily digital gun news portal. After a successful 20-year career as the Editor for a major magazine in the gun industry, Bob launched GunPro Plus to bring his industry expertise on gun news into the digital realm.
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