Saturday, September 06, 2008

Ex-mormon threatens LDS blogger with legal action.

This is interesting. A vociferous ex-mormon threatens LDS blogger with legal action:

I don't know what the LDS blogger said about him, but note all that "christian love" that the ex-mormon has in his threatening letter.

Said blogger's wife also knew the ex-mormon and his family several years ago.

I don't know what the blogger originally said about the ex-mormon to get him so riled up, or whether it may have constituted libel or not, because the post in question has been removed by the blogger.

Granted, the blogger in question has written some outlandish things in the past, plenty of stuff to make you roll your eyes. But I think the LDS blogger in this case behaved in a much more Christ-like manner than the so-called "born again Christian" ex-mo.

As pointed out by one commenter, the blog post that got the ex-mo riled up is in Google's cache, if you want to cut and paste the link. I don't want to "hot link" to it. The original post doesn't look like it's actionable. It's clearly one man's opinion, and no different than a zillion other personal opinions you read on blogs. And since the ex-mo is now a public figure, performing music publicly, and public speaking against the LDS church, he no longer has standing to demand others remain silent about him.

The blogger in question has removed the post containing the threatening letter that he received from the ex-mo. Here it is in Google's cache, if you're interested, but it won't stay there long:



At 9/06/2008 07:10:00 PM, Blogger Stephen said...

It is in google cache right now.

Will be one shortly though.

I'm not sure I'd have threatened to sue over that.

At 9/06/2008 08:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Micah sure is a coward. Instead of letting people express their point of view, he threatens legal action. I wonder he just doesn't use the LDS church for defaming mainstream christianity for being apostate? I mean, when you're crazy, you're Micah.

At 9/06/2008 09:44:00 PM, Blogger Mose said...

I think it's outlandish for the ex-mormon to be consulting his lawyers about legal action against the Blogger. Shouldn't we all behave in a Christ-like manner?

At 9/06/2008 09:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree...there probably isn't anything actionable there.

But the author of the blog post needed to organize his thoughs a bit more. Quite a bit more. It was poorly written and he rambled.

But as usual, we get the standard "Mormon=good Everything Else=bad" this guy is known for.

At 9/06/2008 11:33:00 PM, Blogger Loren said...

I just read the original post. Legal action does seem a little extreme, I think. I can understand how the alleged victim(s) wouldn't want stories about themselves disseminated to the entire world, so I can sympathise with that, but suing? Come on. Crazy old ex-mo's, can't we all just get along.

At 9/10/2008 12:26:00 AM, Blogger Bookslinger said...

The blogger in question has removed the post containing the threatening letter that he received from the "born again" ex-mormon. Here it is in Google's cache, so if you're interested, get it while you can.

At 9/11/2008 10:27:00 AM, Blogger Bookslinger said...

I was just thinking on this, and came to believe that it's possible that:

1. The ex-mormon in question may be closer to Christ now than when he was LDS.

2. Even though he speaks against the LDS church, he may be doing some good by bringing souls to a belief in Christ that they didn't have before.

If, through his music and preaching, he can help people transition from agnostic (or even atheist) to a belief in Christ as Son of God and Savior of mankind, that is a good thing.

I've admired preachers like Billy Graham, who brought souls to Christ. (He's still living, but retired now.) Billy Graham didn't have the full story. He didn't preach what Mormons call the "Restored Gospel" or the "Fullness of the Gospel." But Billy Graham (and people like him) have preach "enough" of the story, to help a lot of non-believers become believers in Christ, at least to some degree. It may not be a "fullness" of truth, but it's a big step in the right direction.

And most Mormons realize that the LDS church believes that there is still a lot more "truth" that will be revealed by God. No one, not even the LDS church as everything yet. See the 9th Article of Faith.

"We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God."

3. There’s no such thing as bad publicity.

“Every time you kick ‘Mormonism’ you kick it upstairs; you never kick it downstairs. The Lord Almighty so orders it.” (Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1941, p. 351.)

Brigham’s next line in the sermon was pretty good too: “And let me tell you that what our Christian friends are now doing for us makes more for the kingdom of heaven than the Elders could in many years preaching.”

See the sermon here: Online Journal of Discourses, JD 7:145

Also Quoted by Carlos E. Asay, Ensign Nov 1981, in a conference talk “Opposition to the Work of God.”

At 9/19/2008 06:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a good reminder that while the internet is a great tool for sharing our thoughts and beliefs, we need to make sure that, right or wrong, we aren't doing it at the expense of someone else.

I recently created a website to share my testimony and explain my personal beliefs as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.


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