It may surprise many LDS but I have a great distaste for General Conference protesters. I think what they do is despicable. They show no respect for LDS members and they show know respect for Christ who they claim to be representing. Holding a sign and shouting is THE LOWEST form of dialouge. It speaks poorly of those who do it no matter what their message. It does little to move any conversation forward. There are anonymous readers of this blog who I know spend considerable time participating in these sorts of activities. I think they are wrong to do so. There is little fruit than can be born out of this sort of thing. If you really want to save Mormons, do the real work of getting to know some of them on a personal level. This is just a cheap shortcut. My guess is that many of these individuals don’t bother to develop relationships with other people is because they have ZERO relational skills (as demonstrated by their actions).
There are three reasons I dislike these actions.
1) They misrepresent Christians and classical-Christianity to Mormons. Christianity is offense enough on its own. We don’t need to be mocking and degrading that which other people find sacred. The base motivation of holding signs and yelling at Mormons passing by is basically an attempt to ruin there day and their event. I doubt those who participate have ever been motivated by anyone acting in the same manner to them.
2) It reinforces to Mormons that they are a persecuted people. If they are persecuted, that means that they must be right concerning all of their doctrines and practices. It also communicates to Mormons that this is what they can expect from all other non-Mormon Christians.
3) It’s an expression of mistaking the beast for the dragon. If you really think that the Mormon church is the tool of Satan, you need to keep in mind that Mormons are not the enemy. Satan is the enemy. Mormons are the deceived and lost. Why would you heap insults on the lost? Is your own righteousness and orthodoxy so weak that you need to have yourself compared to someone else?
The only group that angers me more is the church that runs godhatesfags.org. They are disgusting. God hates sin, not sinners.