Thursday, March 5, 2009

Truth Decay And The LDS Church: A BYU Professor Reaffirms The Shelf Life Of Integrity For His Students

"We never provide meat when milk will do .. " In other words, says the good Dr. Robert Millet of Brigham Young University to the cream of the LDS Church's young minds, the truth isn't owed to anyone who doesn't ask the "right kind of questions."

You can't make this stuff up. This clip was removed from YouTube when BYU complained about its copyrighting ..

Here you can watch the entire clip here as a Windows stream. The entire exercise of arrogant refusal to engage in actual dialogue over the truth claims of Mormonism's secret history is symptomatic of the LDS Church's long standing commitment to deceit and double talk about its less than stellar past.

Millet's pathetic dodge here is just one of the more recent examples of academic spin doctoring that BYU routinely engages in to reinforce the Mormon mythos about it's history that it's cultic culture religiously reinforces at every possible opportunity: listen to what LDS apostle Boyd Packer once dictated to an LDS educator's symposium back in 1981:

You seminary teachers and some of you institute and BYU men will be teaching the history of the Church this school year. This is an unparalleled opportunity in the lives of your students to increase their faith and testimony of the divinity of this work. Your objective should be that they will see the hand of the Lord in every hour and every moment of the Church from its beginning till now. ...

Church history can be so interesting and so inspiring as to be a very powerful tool indeed for building faith. If not properly written or properly taught, it may be a faith destroyer. ... There is a temptation for the writer or the teacher of Church history to want to tell everything, whether it is worthy or faith promoting or not. ... Some things that are true are not very useful. ...

That historian or scholar who delights in pointing out the weaknesses and frailties of present or past leaders destroys faith. A destroyer of faith -- particularly one within the Church, and more particularly one who is employed specifically to build faith -- places himself in great spiritual jeopardy. He is serving the wrong master, and unless he repents, he will not be among the faithful in the eternities. ...

In the Church we are not neutral. We are one-sided. There is a war going on and we are engaged in it.

("The Mantle Is Far, Far Greater Than the Intellect" delivered at the Fifth Annual Church Educational System Religious Educators' Symposium, August 22, 1981, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.)

At least someone got something right. There is indeed a war going on. It's too bad that only the belligerent knows it and their prey doesn't have a clue.

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