I whole-heartedly support the advice not to burn too many bridges on your way out of the LDS church. But, on the other side of the coin, it’s hard when believers take your disaffection too personally … to the point of debating whether it’s offensive to order coffee in an airport with a believer. Innocent, delicious coffee!
OK, so is Glenn Beck Christian, or what? (Turns out that — contrary to his claims — he’s not even a rodeo clown! And his numbers may be subject to the usual bias.) He’s apparently been preaching some suspiciously Mormon things. Naturally, this drags up the question of whether Mormons are Christians (or some dangerous group) — it’s amazing what you can say with some subtle word games.
It’s not even clear which Mormons are Mormons. And even the exmos are having schismatic fights this week! Note that Christians are also having troubles separating the real Christians from the “mutants“. (As a counterpoint, the gospel (music)-heavy, doctrine-light approach is getting positive reviews.) At least the right-wing militia leaders are getting along. In a sense. Not everybody appreciates their chain emails though.
A familiar recent debate is starting to turn ugly. But (fortunately? unfortunately?) it turns out that you don’t need to be religious to be a dangerous gun-wielding loony. Perhaps it can go either way.
Are there any positive solutions out there? Aren’t there places where conflict is decreasing? Well, there’s responding with humor. There’s helping those in need regardless of religion. You could also try talking to God. Directly, on the phone. (Actually, scratch that last one.) Also, I’d normally suggest trying to speak to people in their language, but Klingon…?