commented on Ezra Taft Benson and Politics
2020-12-21 14:35:41 -0800
The problem isn’t with with Elder Benson’s personal opinions or his expression of them as doctrine per se. The problem lies in how people try to weaponize Benson’s utterances in contentions about other people’s political beliefs, and in calling out people’s contrary beliefs as proof of their personal error and unworthiness.
The facts—that Benson was wrong and his positions outré and extreme—are immaterial because primarily his opinions are irrelevant in the general, current public discourse.
We shouldn’t use sacred texts to try to force our political positions either, let alone the ravings of phobic fanatics.