This past weekend, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints held its General Conference: An event in which church members receive direct guidance from the leadership of the church. Among the exhortations of the church leadership was this instruction:
The commandment to love one another surely includes love and respect across religious lines and also across racial, cultural, and economic lines. We challenge all youth to avoid bullying, insults, or language and practices that deliberately inflict pain on others. All of these violate the Savior’s command to love one another.
The Savior taught that contention is a tool of the devil.That surely teaches against some of the current language and practices of politics. Living with policy differences is essential to politics, but policy differences need not involve personal attacks that poison the process of government and punish participants. All of us should banish hateful communications and practice civility for differences of opinion.
Senate Democrat leader Harry Reid presents himself as a member of the LDS Church. Will he follow the instructions of his church leadership? Or will he continue to engage in demagogic attacks and obstructionist tactics?