July 12, 2010

Get off your soapbox

There is a marked difference between east and west coast Mormons. 

From the way we dress and style our hair, to the way we speak, east and west coasters are not the same breed of people. 

These differences are especially striking during the Sunday School portion of church. 

Maybe it's because in the area I live in, a solid 90% of the congregation works for the government. (And government workers here are also not the same as government workers there.) In my wildest dreams, I could never imagine my neighbors raising their hands, then launching into a lengthy political diatribe about just what is wrong with our government.  

Guess what, random dude that has no idea how America really works, you are damn lucky to live in a country where you have the privilege to publicly disagree with the people in power. You are also really stupid and idealistic and rose-colored-glasses, which is nice in theory, but awful in practicality. 

Of course, being the genius that you are, I'm sure you could "fix this country" by Friday. You know what I think would happen? I think that the real politicians would eat you alive. 

There isn't always a right way and a wrong way. Life isn't black and white. Most times, the choices are between bad, worse, worst. Rarely are the decision between good, better, and best. 

Here's another thing, America didn't fall into this mess overnight! Our current president, who deserves to be respected, certainly didn't cause the housing market to plummet, and he didn't start any kind of war, but you seem to forget that particular piece of information.

 And shall I point out the hypocrisy of your situation? Especially because as Mormons, we believe that one should respect and sustain the governments in which you reside. (Or did you forget that part?)

Bottom line: I don't care how much you dislike someone. The church pulpit? Is not your soapbox. Shame on you. 

P.S. While we're on the topic, I also would never vote for someone just because they're Mormon. I'm looking at you Mitt Romney. 

20 comments:

  1. You are so funny. I do have to say I enjoy going to Sunday school more in the East then the West. I'm not sure if it is becasue more people in East have High educations, then the west, or if it is just a different season in my life. Miss you in the halls at church. See you in August.

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  2. I hate (strong word) soapbox people at church. Especially when it comes to politics. Keep your right or left opinions to yourself.

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  3. I think I love you. Can you guest speak at my ward?

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  4. Well, I do agree with you that people should not bring up politics in church...as for much of the rest? Can we agree to disagree? :) Oh, and have you seen the HBO movie John Adams? So, so good!

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  5. Amen! Although I must admit that my Baptist FIL is just as bad.

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  6. I might have loudly exclaimed in church a couple weeks ago and suggested that we move on.

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  7. Broad generalizations like "East coast Mormons" and "West coast Mormons" have always been quite unsettling to me. I have been both. There will be people from both sides of the spectrum in either place--both verbal and nonverbal. Completely agree with the soapbox issue, but I have a very hard time with East vs. West stereotypes. There are all kinds of people everywhere.

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  8. Momnerd: I don't expect everyone to agree with me. How boring would THAT be? Plus, you know I love you.

    Julie: I've been both too. And yes, the generalizations may be unsettling, but they are there for a reason, because you can generally expect certain behaviors from people. I'm not saying one is better than another, I'm just saying, there IS a marked difference between the two.

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  9. Awesome post! And it must be said that just because Glenn Beck is LDS, does not mean he deserves the fan base as say an apostle. Seriously, I swear people listen to him as if he's speaking gospel. Drives me nuts!:)

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  10. It's meeting like the one you're speaking of, that I think could be a great scout camp fundraiser--I know I'd pay good money to see a political diatribe at the pulpit!
    Nothing can beat good clean crazy fun like that...makes High Council Sunday seem like a party. jus' sayin.

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  11. I find your conclusions interesting. My experience living on the east coast for nearly a decade in 3 different states has been quite different.

    I have seen many a political diatribe and there seem to be more poorly educated people. In all three wards I've lived in there has been a huge dichotomy of intellectually deficient and graduate level education.

    In fact I live almost as far east as you can and still be in the USA right now and have had to for the first time ever(and twice, too) express concern about what my kids were being taught in primary. We're talking someone going on about all her "visions" which very loosely correlated with doctrine to telling the kids if they eat any sugar they are breaking the word of wisdom and should tell their parents to get rid of it all.

    I'm not sure it is a east/west coast thing as much as socioeconomic level of the majority of ward members.

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  12. A-freaking-MEN.

    That is all.

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  13. Motherboard summed it up well....however, living both coasts and living in Fairfield County, CT for the last 13 yrs...I know this much; There are "East coast Mormons and West coast Mormons" and they just don't mix well. MANY factors play into it. My family is in Arizona and going "home" always makes me laugh. Then, I come back to CT and laugh harder. Love this world of ours ...and one thing is for sure....we are all in it together. My as well learn to love the unlovable now, vs. later.

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  14. HA. Let's talk coincidences for a second. I just had this very same exact discussion with my husband like TWO SECONDS before I started reading blogs. Seriously TWO SECONDS. He thinks he can run for congressman on facebook and then change our country by being "an everyday man" with opinions. I believe I'll be pointing him to this post just to back me up.

    And honestly, I've never lived anywhere but the west, but the church goers here tend to drain me of all the vitality it takes to get up and make it to our 8:20 AM ward.

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  15. I don't know why you all go to church, but I def. go for the bully pulpit which they provide and the free bread. Hey, groceries are expensive!

    Anyways, I've been an east coast Mormon and a west coast Mormon. I've also been an overseas Mormon, a small town Mormon, a huge ward Mormon and a tiny ward Mormon. Every ward has it's own dynamic. The bottom line is: there are crazies everywhere. It's not a regional thing, although speech patterns and clothing habits are.

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  16. So, I'm not any sort of Mormon. I was baptized Catholic, but hardly go to Church anymore. When I did, though, I made sure to go to one where the priest just talked about the Bible etc. HATED when they started talking about politics, especially during the big election seasons, from the pulpit. If you want to convince me as to whom to vote for, start a conversation with me later on, after your sermon.

    Love your blog! Keep rocking!

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  17. Dude. You see why I couldn't be in that ward for a Sunday after graduation!? I could. NOT. Handle it!! haah! I bet I even know who it was! So funny!

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  18. Well said. Every single word.

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