In his column today, asking, if it’s bigoted to criticize religion, David Harsanyi finds an interesting double standard in the media coverage of protests against religious institutions. Note all the self-important pundits stomping their feet and thumping their chests about the bigotry of those protesting the Ground Zero Mosque. Where were they when some disgruntled citizens protested another religious institution?
In 2008, thousands of gay-rights activists protested the Mormon temple in Westwood, Calif., for its role in passing Proposition 8 — the ban on same-sex marriage. This grew into a national protest to undermine the influence of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — even though not every Mormon was involved.
I don’t recall anti-Mormon protesters being referred to as bigots for targeting religion; it appeared to be just the opposite, in fact. And if I am offended by aspects of Mormon theology, why not voice those concerns? Put it this way: If Mormons proposed the erection of a 13-story community center in West Hollywood or the West Village, I would be happy to join the outcry of protest.
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