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Encounters with Latter Day Saints

The Republican president nominee, Mitt Romney, is an adherent to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS, aka Mormons). Accordingly, this has sparked a renewed fascination in the American public and media about this religious organization. However, this fascination is not the cause of this post.

A few evenings ago, I was hurrying to complete household chores before settling in to watch Ghost Adventures when I heard the doorbell ring. I opened the door, blocking Highlander from escaping, and standing before me was two young, female missionaries.

Disclaimer: Below are my personal encounters with members of the LDS church. Therefore does not reflect upon anything beyond me and individuals of the LDS church (not the LDS church as an instituation).

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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in World/Comparative Religion

 

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Sikhs, Sikhism, + the Recent Tragedy

On August 5, 2012 a gunman entered a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek Wisconsin. He was responsible for the death of six victims and the wounds of another three victims, before police ended his own life (Article).

Although this tragedy was broadcasted, it did not capture and maintain the spotlight of media. In fact, the coverage of the newspapers were essentially limited to a mere two days. Social media did not explode with links, posts, or comments regarding the tragedy, such as the death of celebrities have provoked. Although the lack of attention was disappointing, I was further heartbroken when I heard that the Westboro Baptist Church was willing and prepared to give attention to the situation. In fact, moments after the tragedy was released to the public, the Westboro Baptist Church begun to tweet on Twitter:
“God sent another shooter” (Margie Phelps)
“Beautiful work of an angry God who told Wisconsin to keep their filthy hands off his people (WBC)!” (Fred Phelps Jr). (Article)

I fear that the lack of attention is not rooted in malic or disrespect but rather in a lack of knowledge about the tradition of Sikhism. Sikhism is a growing faith with approximately 20-23 million adherents and was founded in excess of 5oo years ago in India by Guru Nanak. Guru Nanak criticized the ‘blind rituals’ of Hinduism and Islam, the dominate religious traditions of the culture and era. Therefore, the belief system and traditions of Sikhism is understand in relationship, whether in accordance with or opposition to, these traditions.

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2012 in World/Comparative Religion

 

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