What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
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For those of you who have yet to hear, Dick Cheney offered to speak at BYU’s commencement proceedings, and the board of trustees for BYU has accepted. No doubt Cheney’s team is fully aware that Provo is the only place in the nation he might currently receive a largely pleasant welcome. More information on this story can be found at this BYU NewsNet article.
Students of recent political affairs no doubt are aware of Cheney’s numerous controversial (if not conspiratorial) actions, including heavy involvement in the Project for a New American Century (a think tank that suggested, before 9/11, the need for “a new pearl harbor” to create a strong support for world government), the Council on Foreign Relations (our modern shadow government), and Halliburton (draining the American taxpayer of hard earned money and overcharging the government).
I won’t elaborate further on his involvement and complicity in controversial affairs. That task is left up to you, should you choose to learn more.
The purpose of this post is to encourage you, should you choose to do so, to sign a petition opposing Cheney’s visit to BYU.
Please note that I fully support all decisions that come from the First Presidency of the Church. However, opposing the visit of a certifiable warmonger to the Lord’s university is in full compliance with the following quotes:
The church does not become involved in politics. We don’t favor any candidate. We don’t permit our buildings to be used for political purposes. We don’t favor any party. (Gordon B. Hinckley, via Quoty)
In a democracy we can renounce war and proclaim peace. There is opportunity for dissent. Many have been speaking out and doing so emphatically. That is their privilege. That is their right, so long as they do so legally. (Gordon B. Hinckley, via Quoty)
I say with all the fervor of my soul that never in my personal or professional life have I ever associated with any group who are so in touch, who know so profoundly the issues facing us, who look so deeply into the old, stay so open to the new, and weigh so carefully, thoughtfully, and prayerfully everything in between. I testify that the grasp this body of men and women have of moral and societal issues exceeds that of any think tank or brain trust of comparable endeavor of which I know anywhere on the earth. (Jeffrey R. Holland, “Prophets in the Land Again”)
Should the First Presidency decide to go ahead and support Cheney’s presence at BYU, that is fine. The Church is not endorsing the man, his actions, or politics. Rather, they are welcoming the Vice President of our country. Nonetheless, I am opposed to this man and everything he stands for, and as such, have signed the petition. Should you feel prompted to act likewise, you can do so here.