Thursday, June 7, 2007

Need to Re-Write the 12th Article of Faith to Reflect Current Attitudes

I have some Proposed language with more closely resembles what is actually happening with illegals in the Church:

"We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law unless we are not citizens of the United States in which case we believe in becoming a law unto ourselves and in committing multiple state and federal crimes including fraud and theft in order to gain money, services and benefits to which we consider ourselves entitled. We also believe that our lying, deceit and theft of services and benefits is not a matter of unworthiness and that repentance before baptism does not apply to us."

of course a slight re-write of the 13th Article of Faith is also necessary:

13 We believe in being honest (unless you ask us about our real identity and status), true (to ourselves and our personal interests above all else), chaste, benevolent, virtuous (except for lying, deceiving and stealing services and benefits we aren't entitled to), and in doing good to all men ("all men" meaning to ourselves first and foremost we have no plans to abide by the laws of the land that could result in us not getting what we want); indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things (such as believing that we are above the law and entitled to special front of the line treatment not given to people from other countries who are trying to immigrate lawfully), we hope all things (like hoping not to get caught in our crimes or asked in a temple recommend interview a question such as "are you honest in your dealings with your fellow men?), we have endured many things (much of which we brought on ourselves by coming here illegally, lying and seeking to maintain false identities), and hope to be able to endure all things (otherwise we'll get deported). If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things (But not in our own country, we seek them only in the U.S.).

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