Sunday, August 17, 2008

Muslims, Mormons, and Misconceptions

I would just like to state: I am sick and tired of "verbally opinionated yet stupid" individuals.

I can understand when someone doesn't have knowledge of a subject. An example would be when you don't understand a math problem or don't know the words to a song. Unfortunately, there are some people who think they know about something and voice their opinions on the subject but turn out to be severely mistaken. This problem or sickness I have created an acronym for and that acronym is VOYS (pronounced like 'voice') which stands for "Verbally Opinionated Yet Stupid".

So who are the worst victims of VOYS? Muslims, Mormons, African Americans, basically anyone who has been oppressed, those are the victims of VOYS. Why? Because many people will say something they believe is true before researching it. A lot of these people get their sources from the media. Some might read books. The worst perpetrators get their information from "a friend of a friend".

What happens when VOYS activists speak out? They begin to oppress people. The best example of bad knowledge is the treatment of good Muslims in America. These people are a very good group of individuals. They are clean, moral, and deeply rooted in their faith. They are faithful to their wives, they AREN'T violent, they abstain from alcohol and other substances, they don't believe in pre-marital sex, they're much like other good religions in America. Unfortunately their radical brothers in the East ruined the worlds overall perception of them. Many Americans are disrespectful to Muslims without ever learning what their faith is really about. They begin to have VOYS opinions and thus perpetuates fear and verbal abuse of a good people.

Mormons are also persecuted by those who practice VOYS opinions. Here are some facts and fiction of MY religion that should be known.

True: Mormons are Christians. We believe in Jesus Christ.

False: We do not believe that Jesus married Mary Magdalen.

True: Mormons read the King James Version of the Bible.

False: We do not currently practice polygamy.

True: For a short period of time in the Mid 1800's some members of the LDS faith practiced polygamy. This was after the Saints had crossed the country. These saints were called pioneers. Many women didn't have husbands and/or sons to take care of them because they lost them on the trek West.

True: The proper and actual name for the Mormon church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You may call a member of the church a Mormon, however, the more commonly used term is to say that someone is "LDS"

False: The church does not back or support any political party.

True: We do have Temples throughout the world.

False: They are not "Secret", rather we say they're sacred. Anyone can go into the temple if they live, and agree to live, a worthy life and join the LDS church.

True: We abstain from drinking coffee, tea, alcohol, and partaking in substance abuse and illegal drugs.

Basically all I want to say is that before you open your mouth about something your research. You never know if the person you're speaking with is a victim of your VOYS comments. Finally, my comments do not mean I associate with any certain political party, candidate, or radical notion. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, however, my religion does not dictate any certain views or political notions I have or believe. This is merely an objective rambling of my thoughts.

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