I have heard that it *is* true, unfortunately.  I wouldn't want to be any
of those Baptist dudes when the time comes that they have to account for
their actions...


> [Original Message]
> From: Grampa Bill in Savannah <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Date: 10/15/2003 6:27:31 AM
> Subject: [ZION] Breaking the charter?
> Dear ones,
>     I received the following by email. It probably violates the charter 
> for me to forward it... but does anyone know the truth of this? I am 
> incensed!
> ===========================
>   Some Muslims wear sacred clothing. So do some Jews. The same for
>   Native Americans and some Hindus and others. Bits of cloth or string
>   that are physical reminders of God and his bond
>   with man. Sacred things, really, prayer shawls or beads, head
>   coverings or aprons, medicine bags. Things that are special to people,
>   honorable and good things.
>   Things that should be respected.
>   One would not, for example, rip the yarmulke from a Jewish man's head
>   and mockingly fling it like a Frisbee. Nor would you wear a yarmulke as
>   a spoof or joke. Certainly not as an attack on Judaism. Not as a
>   mockery of Jews and their faith.
>   Yet something like that happened this weekend. In front of thousands
>   of people in one of America's great cities. An act of religious
>   desecration, bigotry and discrimination. And the perpetrators boast of
>   it to the press. It was in Salt Lake City. And it was against Mormons.
>   And somehow that makes it acceptable.
>   Here's what happened. Over the weekend, Mormons gathered for what they
>   call "general conference." It is a twice-a-year meeting that draws tens
>   of thousands to Salt Lake City and is broadcast around the world to an
>   audience in the low millions. It is a worship service. It is sacred and
>   special to them. And each year it is protested.
>   So-called Christian evangelists stand on the sidewalk outside the
>   Mormon meetings and shout rude condemnations of the religion to the
>   thousands who pass in and out. It is an odd spectacle, unmatched in
>   American society. To think that crude protesters would stand outside a
>   mosque or synagogue, or a cathedral or church, and harass worshipers and
>   denounce a religion is just beyond the pale.
>   It is an act of indefensible religious bigotry. And yet it happens,
>   and is often applauded and boasted of.
>   This column started with a mention of sacred clothing. Well, Mormons
>   have sacred clothing, too. Like a variety of religious garments, it is
>   worn against the skin. It is a type of underclothing. They don't talk
>   about it. They don't show it to people. They keep it sacred. Like
>   virtually all-religious clothing, it is a specific reminder of  promises
>   made to God. Like virtually all religious clothing, it is precious and
>   significant to the people who wear it.
>   Well, Sunday the evangelists had some. Maybe six guys, Baptist
>   ministers, mocking the Mormons as they came out of a meeting. Shouting
>   rude things to people coming out of church. And they had these sacred
>   garments. And one supposed minister of the gospel was wiping his
>   backside with them, laughingly treating them like toilet paper as
>   thousands who held them sacred walked by.
>   Can you see that being done to a prayer shawl in front of a Synagogue,
>   or a prayer rug in front of a mosque? Wouldn't all decent people
>   publicly denounce that sacrilege?
>   He also draped them around his neck, and pretended over and over to
>   sneeze into them. And loudly blow his nose into them. While families and
>   children walked past.
>   Stop for a moment.
>   Lay aside what you do or don't think about Mormons. But was that right?
>   More to the point, was that Christian? Is that what Jesus would do? Is
>   that what any decent person of any faith would do? Absolutely not. It
>   is wrong, bigoted and un-American. No matter who it's against.
>   It was an affront. It smelled like the bigotry of the Klan and the
>   Third Reich. And yet the ministers boasted of it to reporters and  posed
>   for pictures and no one in the Utah or American religious, media or
>   civil rights communities has condemned it.
>   And, oddly, two worshipers were taken away in handcuffs. One man,
>   dressed in his church clothes, walked past in the crowd, saw the insults
>   and desecrations, and grabbed the piece of clothing. To protect it. He
>   was charged with robbery and taken to jail. Half an hour later another
>   worshiper similarly grabbed a molested garment and attempted to take it
>   away. He was unsuccessful and waiting police stepped in to take him into
>   custody.
>   And that's the world we live in. You are harangued for your beliefs and
>   arrested for defending them. And the bigotry of our society is
>   illustrated by how selectively we practice tolerance.
>  - by Bob Lonsberry C 2003     
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