August 16, 2010 by The Mormon Worker
I recently recieved this email regarding the Mormon Worker Newspaper. I have included my response below the initial email. MW
To Whom It May Concern:
I visited your website this afternoon. Yes, I was very surprised. But as I read on I was sickened. I am sure that anything I say will be either ignored or laughed at by anyone from your site that reads this email. But that is OK, it is for me that I say these things. I have seen an increase in numbers of liberals in the church. Not converts, but those from existing member families.
To find this site confirms there is a canker, a cancer, that has infected the church and perverted the gospel in many ways. As I read some of the articles I saw how a simple twist on the author’s part could make the change from free agency to satan’s plan. How tithing could be equated with property tax. I will compliment your author’s…they have a way with words. Too bad it is an evil way…a way that leads people away from God and the plan of salvation. There is nothing I can say that would change your mind…I know that. But I will tell you that those that are secure in the gospel, that have a firm testimony and a personal relationship with our brother Jesus Christ will not be fooled by any of those writings or the concepts behind them.
I will leave you to your mission…but I will hope for your utter failure. For every person you convert to your perversion is a person that will fall from the real plan that Jesus put forth. It is sad to see what is happening in the world today…very sad. It is made even worse knowing there are (so-called) members of the church helping in its destruction. I hope one day that you may return to, or find the truth.
Thanks for your feedback. I am not sure why you feel that anyone who has a different view of politics or economics than you has lost his or her testimony. At any rate, you may want to read this article from a Sociology professor at BYU called “Wealth and Poverty”:
Or, you may want to check out Hugh Nibley’s book, Approaching Zion, or Warner Woodworth’s book, Working Toward Zion. These were all written by faithful members of the Church who have long taught at BYU and whose ideas on politics and economics appear to be directly contrary to yours.
Even though I disagree with your politics, and feel they run contrary to the Gospel (as you feel mine do) I have no reason to question your testimony. However, when you question other people’s testimonies based on their politics, I want to let you know that it drives people away from the Church. Roughly half the members of the Church in El Salvador vote for the FMLN, which is a left wing, democratic socialist party. Most of the members in Germany, where I served my mission, support progressive taxation, universal healthcare, and a strong social safety net.
Though your views are in the majority among members of the Church in Utah, California, Arizona, and perhaps the US generally, they radically depart from the views of many members outside of the US, and perhaps even most of the members worldwide, as there are now more members outside the US than within it. Would you like a few million members of the Church worldwide excommunicated to rid the Church of this so-called “cancer?”
Secondly, what effect does labeling “liberals” (or people even farther to the left, such as socialists and anarchists) as apostates do for missionary work and building the kingdom? In short, it alienates potential converts. Anyway, these are some things I would ask you to think about.