Wednesday, March 11, 2009

School Yard Bully

Do you remember that bully in the school yard? The one who seem to always get his way, make fun of the underdog, pick on those who wouldn’t fight back? Remember when he did something to hurt someone? If you tried to confront him about it, it didn’t make him feel remorseful, only glad that he had done the wrong deed in the first place.

Unfortunately, those bullies grow up. They fill different jobs, contractors, doctors, CEO’s of famed corporations, some become lawyers, some join the political arena, some become dictators -- others become Hollywood producers.

Today, I feel a little like the kid in the school yard.

Anybody who has spent any time on my blog knows that I am LDS. And they know that my religion and I are hard to separate. I love my religion. I love my beliefs. I hold them very sacred. They are near to my heart.

It has come to my attention over the last couple days of an issue that makes me feel sick inside.

There is a particular show, I would rather not name, that I have ignored over the last couple years. From what I understand, it shows a distorted view of my religion. This happens. People make jokes. Make fun. And I just let it “roll off like water off a ducks back” as my dad would say.

But now?

Now, this show is going to “depict” one of our most sacred ordinances. Or their interpretation of it, based off what a former member has told them. They are going to take something I hold close to my heart and do a Hollywood Spin on it.

I know this is bound to happen. It isn’t even the first time something like this has been done. I know that it is part and parcel. This happens to many religions. If I am aware of something that comes from Hollywood that is offensive to Catholics, I am not going to support it. If there is something distasteful towards Jews, I will avoid it.

I believe everyone has the right to their own beliefs. And the right to hold those beliefs sacred without some schoolyard bully pointing a finger of ridicule.

Is this really what we want to foster in this country? Belittling someone’s beliefs through misinterpretation? Do we really want to take something others hold so precious and wave it as a banner of shame?


It just makes me feel sad.

*** if you want a link of where to go to voice your opinion to the offending network, email me and I will send you a link.***


shawni said...

Kathy, I agree, and I love how you described it. You are an amazing writer! I am supposed to be going to bed but I can't stop reading so many great things you've written!

Anyway, I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I just got connected through the most amazing act of tender mercies with this guy who has a son with Bardet-Biedl who knows SO much about it. He says he found me through your "Real Angels, Real Life" blog where you posted my post about Lucy. I just cannot thank you enough for doing that. Without even knowing it you have completely answered our prayers by helping us find more information to help Lu. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

Reese said...

Agreed. It's sad to know that there are those out there who openly mock the work of our Lord...there are times I could take away the agency of such offenders! But then we just need to pray for them, that they might see the error of their ways, as well as distance ourselves from them... preferrably before the lightening strikes :)

Fiauna said...

When I heard about this, I too felt sick inside. That is until I heard the church's official statement. They said just to ignore it, basically, not to draw attention to it. For some reason, that calmed me down. We know we are going to go through some tough public scrutiny--look what we endured in the past when there wasn't TV, Internet, or Hollywood. Things are going to get worse--not better. Cling to the prophet, prayer and faith!

Fiauna said...

BTW, Did you get my email? What was the question you wanted to ask me?