Monday, March 9, 2009

Please Protest Continued

For those who are curious what the Church's standing on the Big Love issue is, here is what I have found from lds.org's newsroom.

Here is the link to the full article about the Church's response to the TV Guide's report about what will be on Big Love.

Here are some highlights if you don't want to go read the whole response.

"Certainly Church members are offended when their most sacred practices are misrepresented or presented without context or understanding. Last week some Church members began e-mail chains calling for cancellations of subscriptions to AOL, which, like HBO, is owned by Time Warner. Certainly such a boycott by hundreds of thousands of computer-savvy Latter-day Saints could have an economic impact on the company. Individual Latter-day Saints have the right to take such actions if they choose.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as an institution does not call for boycotts. Such a step would simply generate the kind of controversy that the media loves and in the end would increase audiences for the series. As Elder M. Russell Ballard and Elder Robert D. Hales of the Council of the Twelve Apostles have both said recently, when expressing themselves in the public arena, Latter-day Saints should conduct themselves with dignity and thoughtfulness.

Not only is this the model that Jesus Christ taught and demonstrated in his own life, but it also reflects the reality of the strength and maturity of Church members today. As someone recently said, 'This isn’t 1830, and there aren’t just six of us anymore.' In other words, with a global membership of thirteen and a half million there is no need to feel defensive when the Church is moving forward so rapidly. The Church’s strength is in its faithful members in 170-plus countries, and there is no evidence that extreme misrepresentations in the media that appeal only to a narrow audience have any long-term negative effect on the Church."

Here is a link to what the Church said about Big Love when the TV show first came out, if you are curious for more information.

I feel very strongly about this, not just because my Church is being targeted. I think that it is innapropriate whenever any religious or ethnic group is targeted in this way.

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