All people share a basic responsibility to respond humanely and rationally to ideas that conflict with their own.
Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) September 18, 2012
MormonVoices today strongly condemned the recent violence in Egypt, Libya, and several other countries that has been attributed to anger at the anti-Islam movie "Innocence of Muslims." John Lynch, a Managing Director of MormonVoices stated: “All people share a basic responsibility to respond humanely and rationally to ideas that conflict with their own. Respect for religious belief and freedom of speech are cornerstones of a just society. Violent retaliation against mere words and film is contrary to human decency and the teachings of revered religious leaders.”
Lynch further noted that religious intolerance that belittles, mocks, misrepresents, or disrespects the deeply-held beliefs and sacred tenets of others is unbecoming and counterproductive. He observed that Mormons regularly face such ideological attacks, and have specifically endured misinformation published by some of the same individuals behind "Innocence of Muslims." Lynch concluded, “Though the law may protect their right to so speak, they fail a higher moral responsibility by doing so. We encourage everyone to learn about the details of unfamiliar religions from respected, fair, and non-sensational sources.”
MormonVoices was created to respond to false or misleading information in the media about Mormons, Mormonism, and other faith communities. It is an on-line organization that is supported by members of, but is not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.