Yes, Evangelicals have brought to pass a modern-day miracle: by once again doing their best to loudly ridicule Mormons quietly attending the LDS Church's semi-annual General Conference in Salt Lake City last week, activist Evangelicals impelled the Salt Lake Tribune to publish an editorial defending Mormons. Print that page — you won't see it again soon.
Since the SL Trib now archives their articles after a couple of weeks, I'll post a few quotes from the column for the sake of posterity:
- "It's too bad more national media attention isn't focused on the so-called "street preachers" who trek to Salt Lake City twice a year to scream insults at the LDS faithful and their children who are committing the vile sin of walking to a church service."
- "Had there been national media exposure, however, "Christian" voters around the country would have seen those who claim to represent their view of religion acting the fool, hopping around, yelling at little kids that they are going to hell and whining about their constitutional rights being violated because they couldn't stand on the sidewalk impeding the movement of Mormons walking to and from General Conference."
- "There were only about 15 Bible-thumpers protesting LDS conference last week, so it's unfair to paint the entire fundamentalist Christian movement with their brush. But they express in their own obnoxious way many of the sentiments that have been uttered by preachers in Christian churches around the country and among those God-fearing folks who answer pollsters' questions about Mitt Romney."
My own summary thoughts on the general topic of activist Evangelicals who think they're justified in doing this sort of thing can be found at my post, "Evangelicals Are Spiteful, Intolerant Bigots." It's stunts like this, multiplied a thousand-fold, that help explain why the public regard for Evangelicals is in steady decline. The only ones who don't get it are Evangelicals themselves. The rest of us get it.