Rameumptom Ruminations: 020: A Moral Criticism of the LDS Church

Right and Wrong are at the forefront of the everyday practice of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Entrance into heaven is at stake. In this episode, Scott covers the morality of discriminatory policies and doctrines. Leaning on Immanuel Kant from A Critique of Practical Reason, he discusses the implications of a moral code that allows discrimination. This concept applies to many of the discriminatory practices of the church over its two hundred year history.

Sources

Kant, Immanuel, and Lewis W. Beck. Critique of Practical Reason. New York: Liberal Arts Press, 1956.

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is not democracy.” Fragment on Slavery
by Abraham Lincoln, August 1, 1858. Cool side note, this date is pure conjecture and the fragment of this speech has a story of its own.

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