Just my rambling thoughts about being gay and Mormon

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Quote for today

We are grateful in the Church that the freedom, dignity, and integrity of the individual is basic in Church doctrine. Here we are free to think and express our opinions. Fear will not stifle thought, as is the case in some areas which have not yet emerged from the dark ages. I admire men and women who have developed the questioning spirit, who are unafraid of new ideas and stepping stones to progress. We should, of course, respect the opinions of others, but we should also be unafraid of dissent - if we are informed.  

Thoughts and expressions compete in the marketplace of thought, and in that competition truth merges triumphant. Only error fears freedom of expression. Neither fear of consequence nor any kind of coercion should ever be used to secure uniformity of thought in the Church. We must preserve freedom of the mind in the Church and resist all efforts to suppress it.  
Hugh B Brown, Counselor in the First Presidency, Speech at BYU, March 1958.
Hum...my experience suggests perhaps we have drifted......

1 comment:

  1. Hugh B. Brown is awesome. I hope there are people "up there" playing his role today--though if they are they are certainly a lot quieter than he was.