Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Ethics of restraint

[From another conference, in response to a news story about gay activists storming a church (http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/nov/08111104.html)]

Very interesting. One thing I've learned from watching Israel deal with its enemies in the Middle East: while it is tempting (and emotionally satisfying) to hit back against assaults like this, in the manner of "an eye for an eye," when coercive measures fail you will be left with a choice: either back down and let them stomp on you without stomping back, or make them all become dead.

Making people become dead is best reserved for existential threats, which gay activists are not. In this case, I personally feel it's best to attempt reconciliation before stomping on anybody at all. Thus, "turn the other cheek" is a directive of simple practicality as well as a gospel imperative. (cf. Joseph Smith and Governor Reynolds.)

Storm away, people. I'm sorry you're upset, and hope you feel better soon.


"The presentation or 'gift' of the Holy Ghost simply confers upon a man the right to receive at any time, when he is worthy of it and desires it, the power and light of truth of the Holy Ghost, although he may often be left to his own spirit and judgment." --Joseph F. Smith (manual, p. 69)

"Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

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