Who Deserves a Memorial?
Do LDS Missionaries who died while serving missions deserve a memorial? Samuel the Utahnite thinks they do, and, in fact, has created a web page remembering those who have died in the service of the LDS church since 1999. He reports that he has gotten numerous complaints from faithful Mormons about the page — almost certainly because he can hardly claim he’s sincerely honoring their sacrifice by putting their names on a page that calls Mormonism “a complete lie and total fraud!!” in the sidebar. Yet he raises an interesting question: Why doesn’t the LDS church have a memorial to remember those Elders and Sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice?
Bonus question: Is remembering them (by name) on an “anti-Mormon” site as respectful/disrespectful as baptism for the dead?
Then Abiogenesis brings another post-memorial-day question: What about memorializing one group while ignoring other similar groups? Here’s his reaction to the National Museum of the United States Air Force on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, OH:
It is truly appalling and disgusting that the U.S. Air Force honors one ethnic group who lost six million people and ignores tens of millions of civilians who were slaughtered in equally heinous manners. What is driving this glaring and disgusting oversight? How did these other people not even receive a footnote? It is disturbing that the tens of millions who have been ignored are all from Asia which seems to indicate a not so subtle Xenophobia.
Do you agree?