Famous LDS Church apologist: ‘the church deserves criticism’

The LDS Church’s most notorious apologist, perhaps, did anything but apologize about the church.

From Nearing Kolob‘s “Dan Peterson agrees: ‘the church deserves criticism‘”:

Dan Peterson agrees "the church deserves criticism"

In a comment on his blogpost “Mormon gay policy is ‘will of the Lord’ through his prophet, senior apostle says”, Mormon apologist Daniel Peterson wrote that the Church “deserves criticism for this policy.” His entire comment was:

I believe in respecting families that are different.

I don’t believe in putting kids and young adults at the cross-hairs and agony of choosing to be able to live with their same sex couple parents or the church. The church deserves criticism for this policy.

I would regard it as spiritual abuse to make kids and young adults feel like they have to choose their families or eternal salvation.

After the initial writing of this post Dan changed his comment to the following:

I believe in respecting families that are different.

I don’t believe in putting kids and young adults at the cross-hairs and agony of choosing to be able to live with their same sex couple parents or the church. The Church would deserve criticism for this policy, if it had such a policy.

I would regard it as spiritual abuse to make kids and young adults feel like they have to choose their families or eternal salvation.

Luckily I took a screenshot on my phone of his original comment before it was changed.

Dan Peterson agrees "the church deserves criticism"

This is not the first time Dan Peterson has surprised me. During a Mormon Stories interview he supported the idea of separating temple sealings and civil marriages (see video below).

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4 thoughts on “Famous LDS Church apologist: ‘the church deserves criticism’”

  1. I would like to see apologists speaking truthfully and forthrightly. I saw the original post by Dan Peterson and had to re-read as I was sure I had misread. But no, he had said criticism was in order. Then he realized his error (he explained) and rewrote his comment, falling in line with the church. PeggyReally too bad. For a moment there, a little bit of light.

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  2. I’m happy to be “famous,” and absolutely delighted to be “notorious.”

    As for the rest, well, the story seems to have been still-born. Or, to put it another way, there’s no “there” there.

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