PRODUCERS NOTE: This show will offend you. If you have strong religious views, you will be offended. I’m offended and Dave and I already ended up yelling at each other over it this morning. I understand what he is saying, but I think that he is missing the point of faith and free practice. You’ve been warned. Also, can you take a few minutes and answer a 5 question survey for me? – Producer Henri
So… I had written and prepped a show, titled “The 42 Allusion,” all about how the number 42 keeps popping up in California when it comes to fixing the roads. It was both a play on the Hitchhikers Guide and a serious look at how regressive taxes pushed by the left in the State never seem to end up doing what they claim the tax will do. Trust me it was brilliant. And boring.
Then a funny thing happened on the way to Frogstar B. I got dragged into an argument over the LDS Church practice of baptism for the dead and how that offends we Jews. Some of us argued that we should just ignore it, that it’s meaningless because “they are wrong.” Others argued that it was a despicable practice because it is both presumptive and offensive in that it disturbs the dead.
Now let me say this up front – THIS IS NOT A THEOLOGICAL DISCUSSION. I really don’t care what you chose to believe. I do care how you apply your beliefs, particularly as they apply to your behavior towards me. But I simply do not care about the theological debate over whether or not there is any efficacy or meaning in a particular action or doctrine that I personally do not accept. It you chose to believe it, good on ‘ya. So keep the theological discussion out of the eMail that you’re about to write me telling me that I am “wrong” and that obviously I am “of the devil.” Oh and that you’ll “be praying for me.”
Mormons have performed this rite of baptism for the dead for years, including, by the by, Adolf Hitler and other Nazi leaders and over that time have included deceased Jews. Many Jews around the globe were offended by this, and that Jews murdered in the Holocaust and other pogroms were being “baptized” by the LDS Church after their deaths. Now, maybe that does not offend you. Fine. Trust me, in the Jewish community, especially those who lean more conservative (not political, religiously) and into orthodoxy, the practice is HIGHLY offensive.
And so, we did what anybody should do. We asked the LDS Church to stop it.
As I have said, I grew up in Utah. Well… I graduated High School in Utah. But from a growing up standpoint, those years were the most influential upon my young life. I love Utah. My best friend lives in Utah and on occasion I make it a point to go back to Utah. It’s beautiful and friendly and relatively inexpensive. Plus it has dinosaurs.
But if you really want to understand me, and why I believe the things and the way that I believe them, you have to go back to late summer 1979 and begin the same journey I took. When you end up where I am, you begin to understand why the practice of baptism for the dead is not just offensive, it’s basically proof that people, regardless of how pious their faith, are just jerks.
And it’s why I adamantly oppose public prayers in schools.
There was a time when “polarization” meant whether or not you wanted to pay extra money to have it on your sunglasses or not.
Now it applies to the politics of the day and the so-called” extreme positions taken by either side. So why are we so “polarized” today, and is this really “the worst it’s ever been?”
Of course not, but there is something different about it today. And you can see that difference in the discussion over the “murder” of Justice Scalia and the “apples to oranges” comments of Senator Chuck Schumer.
And it all comes down to how we see “news” reported and consumed. We aren’t looking for information from which we can make an informed and well considered opinion. We’re looking for confirmation of what we already believe. And we accept the manipulation of our opinions and emotions to achieve that goal, without ever considering whether or not this is the real problem with America today?
Did you know that there was another “mass shooting” yesterday? This one on the streets of America’s premiere city. Why haven’t you heard about it? Why hasn’t the President pounded his podium and complained about being angry? Why hasn’t Hillary proclaimed that she will forever end such violence? Why haven’t Liberal Congressmen accused “gun nuts” of committing another mass shooting? The answer is simple: because this mass shooting – which WILL be counted as such in the stats – doesn’t fit the political agenda and it proves the one thing about “gun control” that liberals can’t hide.
You know that the “meeting” between Kim Davis and the Pope was played up by her lawyer into something that it was not. But did you know why and how many times he’s done this before? I really don’t care what your political position is on a given issue, but if you are going to invoke G-d as the reason for your position, you’d better be 100% honest. Otherwise, you’re no different than the guy predicting that the Earth will be destroyed today.