My Response to Delilah’s Disparaging Remarks Toward MormonismDecember 26th, 2009 by Matthew Leach
I realize this is a weather blog. But from time to time, I feel it necessary to defend myself on personal issues in my life that are being publicly attacked.
Such is the case with radio host Delilah Rene Luke’s misinformed and disparaging remarks toward the Mormon church, which I read here from the Kitsap Sun homepage. (Not the best timing on the Kitsap Sun’s part. Published on Christmas Day? Really?)
I am a proud member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I will be serving a full-time mission for my church this spring, something I have been looking forward to for quite some time. I don’t believe everyone will be receptive to what I have to say, but when someone calls the church I love and respect “the church of Satan”, which is what Delilah ignorantly and publicly stated in the aforementioned Kitsap Sun article, I can’t keep quiet.
Last time I checked, the definition of Christianity is: “The religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ”. And how “The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints” even remotely resonates as a Satanic, cult-like church is beyond me. Spending just one hour in an LDS church service is all anyone would need to know this is not “The Church of Satan”. The only churches I believe founded by Satan are those that promote hatred. Simple as that.
Another note: Ms. Luke’s hypocritical actions of taking her children out of a school teaching fundamental LEADERSHIP values, NOT Mormon values, simply because the author is Mormon is shocking. What difference is there between that and taking your child out of a school because the professor is black? Or because the teacher is teaching a book by a black author? Or maybe the Kitsap Sun should fire me because I’m a Mormon reporting the weather? Religious intolerance and racism are very similar, and in this situation religious prejudice rings especially true.
My intent is not to convert my readers to Mormonism. Heavens no. I feel my personal duty is to stand up for the church I love and support when it is being attacked, especially by a prominent member of my community. That is my job. These are my thoughts. And I’m stickin’ to ’em.
P.S. I promise I’ll get back to weather on Monday 😉