Why I Signed The Petition Against The New York Times Obituary For President Monson.
On January 2, the President Thomas S. Monson of the LDS (Mormon) church passed away. Obituaries and tributes poured in from around the world. Everyone from Senators to the President of the United States paid tribute to President Monson, with Donald Trump even mentioning that to the Mormons he is considered a Prophet. From a life of over 70 years of both public, and religious service someone from any walk of life could find something praiseworthy to include in their obituary. Even the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs paid tribute for his service in the navy!
But despite the plethora of good President Monson had done, the New York Times wrote an obituary and decided to slander him attacking him for not changing church doctrines as established by the Bible. And attacking him for what he “did not do.” Regardless of your religious views, the New York Times obituary should outrage every America. And it has many; The Atlantic, IJR, Faithwire, The Federalist, and the Dailywire have run articles calling out the bias and disgusting acts by the New York Times for attacking the Mormon Prophet while they extol the virtue of pornography mogul Hugh Hefner and mass murder Fidel Castro!
A petition on Change.org asking for a politically neutral obituary that was started two days ago and already passing 175,000+ signatures.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
Isaiah 5:20 (KJV)
At the death of any religious leader, it is a time to pay respect and talk about what they have done. And the service that they have rendered. With the passing of the Pope, you would highlight the good that he had done. With the passing of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, you would pay tribute to the good he has done. So why for some reason does the world think it is OK to attack Mormons?
In a world of #MeToo where young men have so many awful role models that treat women with such disrespect. The world should uphold and praise men like Thomas S. Monson who talked out against the evils of adultery, abuse, and pornography. In a world torn by war and full of hate, and intolerance men like Thomas S. Monson stood firm in preaching love and acceptance, even if you don’t agree.
Rather than spread hate, and slander talk about the 90 years of selfless service that has effected MILLIONS worldwide from greater access to education, to clean water and other welfare projects, to sermons on chastity and honest. Talk about his efforts to bridge ideological and religious gaps. In an America on the brink of falling apart, a man who tried to mend the wounds should be our role model.
If every American was of the same caliber of Thomas S. Monson than almost all our social and political ills would be resolved! And for that type of man to be slandered, where dictators and porn moguls are held up, that is when I signed the petition. If anyone can and should be held up as a role model for todays youth it is Tom Monson. It is far easier to stand idle, but all that evil needs is good men to stand idle. And that is why I invite you to also sign it! Here is the link https://www.change.org/p/new-york-times-rewrite-thomas-monson-obituary
In all things let us follow the admonition of Elder Holland. “Defend your beliefs with courtesy and with compassion, but defend them.”