I wanted to forego the initial introductions and just delve into my first post, but...
Before I get into anything, I'd like to explain what you can expect here, what I hope you'll gain from this, and how much I hope you'll come back for more.
"The Liberal Mormon That Could" is not a title I came to lightly. Technically, I'm a "decline to state," a left-leaning-ex-Republican who belongs in a church known for being rather conservative. It can oftentimes feel like trying to fit that proverbial square peg in a round hole. This same church feels strongly about certain issues, and despite what may come across here, I am going to do my best to not reveal my personal stances on various sensitive subjects. You're going to have to guess what I think, because I won't be saying it here.
What I will do is question people's reasons for voting a certain way or believing a certain way. I don't believe it's a good idea to just follow the other sheep because they're sheep. God gave us brains and hearts for a reason--He intends for us to use them, and anymore, I'm afraid we're not.
I've run into too many otherwise smart people who fall into what I like to call "stupid traps." They believe in a certain doctrine--political, religious, or otherwise--and don't have anything to back themselves up with other than "because I'm [insert label here]." In their religious or political fervor, they'll allow anything to make sense when it just doesn't. The banner of faith in anything does not a good argument make. I don't mind if "faith" is the reason, but as a contention it's insufficient if you wish to rally those who don't belong in your choir.
I don't claim to be any sort of genius. I certainly have a lot to learn, but when I receive e-mails saturated with irritatingly false or illogical arguments for serious or "wrinkle" topics alike, I have to scream.
In the end, I don't care what you think or believe--I just care that you have something to back yourself up with, whatever it might be. I also hope that others will allow me the same privilege. I want and encourage discussion and self-reflection in not just any readers that happen to stop by (thank you), but for myself as well.
My posts won't all be serious, though. They won't all be regarding the religious or political topics du jour.
I mean, I have three kids. I've gotta take advantage of that.
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