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In today’s episode a wonderful panel of women review the recent LDS Church “Mother in Heaven” essay.
We have come to the final horsemen of John Gottman’s “Horsemen of the Apocalypse”—danger signs in the relationship.
Previously we talked about criticism, contempt and defensiveness. Stonewalling is when someone removes himself or herself from the argument by turning into a “stone wall.” For instance, instead of showing active listening (i.e., saying “uh-huh” or “I see” while listening), the stonewaller shows stony silence during communication.
Usually when people decide to stonewall, they think they are being “neutral” and trying not to make the argument worse by retorting. Gottman said, “They do not seem to realize that stonewalling itself is a very powerful act: it conveys disapproval, icy distance and smugness.” There are different methods of stonewalling.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon Church, announced Tuesday it would back legal efforts to protect LGBT people from discrimination along with religious freedom protections.
This middle ground approach is consistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ, church leaders said.
Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, called the effort "well-intentioned but naive."LDS leaders acknowledged that the LGBT community has faced discrimination and violence against them.LGBT people should be protected from discrimination in housing, employment and other places where discrimination exists, they said, but religious freedom must also be protected in such laws.At the press conference, Dallin Oaks, an elder in the LDS's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, mentioned several recent examples of religious freedom not being respected, including when California universities forced Christian groups off campus, the CEO of Mozilla was forced to resign, and the mayor of Houston tried to subpoena the sermons of pastors."When religious people are publicly intimidated, retaliated against, forced from employment or made to suffer personal loss because they have raised their voice in the public square, donated to a cause or participated in an election, our democracy is the loser," Oaks said."Such tactics are every bit as wrong as denying access to employment, housing or public services because of race or gender."The LDS position is consistent with four principles that are based upon the teachings of Jesus Christ, Oaks asserted: everyone has the right to live according to the dictates of their conscience as long as they do not interfere with the health or safety of others; freedom of conscience includes the right to choose one's faith, or no faith; laws should balance protecting freedom with respecting the fact the people have different values; and, persecution and retaliation of any kind are rejected.The Artie Awards are an annual ceremony honoring Buffalo's actors, designers and directors.The annual event is also a fundraising benefit, with all proceeds from the evening (along with proceeds from area theatres' sale of Red Ribbons) going to ECMC's Immunodeficiency Services.