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    davidincleveland, BYw

    I'm not even sure about that.  In general, I'd err on the side of self-identification; you call yourself x, I'll let you be x.

    But this conversation isn't just the 19th-century one about whether Mormons are Christians.  It's about what's appropriate in the context of media and politics.  And I'd err on the side of inclusivity there as well.  So I think it's completely appropriate for people who are non Christians to say "They look the same to me"  if that's their experience.  There's certainly an argument there.

    So blog on with your bad self.

    •  That's probably the mainstream view both here (1+ / 0-)
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      and in the MSM:  religious beliefs aren't really serious, and everybody is free to believe whatever they want.

      I knew a guy in college who was a big, blowhard, charlatan. He rented time on radio stations in Texas near the Mexican border and gave "sermons" where he pretended, in Spanglish, to be a Christian evangelist. Privately he'd get drunk and laugh his ass off about how stupid the people were who sent him money.

      I think it's pretty reasonable for me to conclude he wasn't really a Christian, no matter how he self-identified on the radio.

      Not the best example, I know, but I think there are lots of them.

      The Christians have all, Catholic and Protestant and Orthodox alike, been saying for 2000 years that to be a Christian you have to believe a few basic things. Mormons deny those things, but still claim to be Christian. That approach has been quite effective in the United States, but it really doesn't make sense.

      It is a do things about injustice.... It helps to have a goal. I've always tried to have one.--Ted Kennedy, True Compass

      by Timaeus on Tue Oct 11, 2011 at 03:03:20 PM PDT

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