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There is nothing contrary to the Republican Party Beliefs in having less regulation in homebirths. I personally know two Republican Legislators here in Arizona who not only support homebirth rights, but also had homebirths for their children.
The reason why I'm even responding to such an ignorant remark is that I don't want the average joe to read this and think there is any sense of truth to what you say. There is not. Homebirth is not owned by any faction, Republican, Democrat, Independent, whatever. We are a diverse group of people that have differing views on a variety of issues that come together and fight for the right to birth our children where we want to birth them. It's a fundamental right.
While you have right to say whatever you want to say, I implore you, find that part of your conscious that encourages a value for truth and accuracy and try to research even a little bit before you spew your inaccuracies.
Also, for good measure, zip up your zipper and wipe the drool off of your chin before you start talking. It's disgusting.Yesterday
Exactly Cerulean. Healthcare is a very big business. Very big. Next time you are in the hospital, look around. Realize that healthy babies with NO NEED for medical attention are paying the way for most of that stuff. And they are there, "just in case something goes wrong".2 days ago
I think the "what if something goes wrong" argument is flawed in that it presupposes that what is about to happen in most births is some sort of mystery. Folks, birth is not a mystery. You get 41 and 1/7 weeks to determine whether mom and baby are healthy. If baby is in the wrong position, if the cord is in an unideal situation, if there is a problem with the placenta- almost all potentially bad situations are discoverable pre-labor.
Plus, midwives can identify when something is not going well long before its too late and advise to transport.
This assumption that there is a great mystery as to what is about to happen is so flawed.
You do realize that midwives exist in great numbers in the rest of the world, in civilized countries, right?
Try seeing the video, Birth in America, or even The Business of Being Born. These will help you to see that the great mystery about birth has been populated by the health industry.
I mean, you realize that the reason why we have Mercy Gilbert and Banner Gateway so close together isn't because they are doing hundreds of heart transplants, right? They are birthing babies on a massive scale. Normal, healthy babies with very few complications at very high prices to individuals or their insurance companies. These babies could have been born at home, with less total cost involved. This is a fight over the product of birth, don't get confused about that.3 days ago
I'm a conservative Republican and my wife and I choose to homebirth. My wife and I both have post graduate degrees. You are speaking of something you really know nothing about. Normally, I read your posts and laugh. You have the right to be an ignoramus. But this time, your ignorance is seriously offensive.
Many "emergencies" solved by hospitals are caused by hospitals. We call it the cascade of interventions. Women are routinely induced medically with drugs which cause the uterus to contract much more forcefully than it normally would. An epidural is needed to withstand the pain of such contractions. Babies can be harmed through this process. Sometimes the pelvis can't expand fast enough. Tears occur in the vaginal area. Forceps or suction is used unnecessarily. C-section is relied on prematurely.
Very few of these things take place in a home birth because we didn't have the first intervention, we don't need the rest.
Parents and midwives take care to evaluate whether a mom is healthy and whether the baby is healthy before a home birth is selected. Normally only low risk moms deliver at home.
I suppose though, if I were to follow your logic, that would mean that if all births were done in a hospital, then because the time element is cured, no babies would die in hospitals, right? Isn't that what you are saying? Isn't that your point? And, of course, you are wrong. Babies still die in hospitals.
Bad luck, I guess, right?
Stick to your political rants Leon. You aren't suited to discuss things that matter.
3 days ago
There was nothing wrong with the old gospel, that's why we restored it. God wanted us to have it again, not what it had become. God wanted us to have propehts (old gospel), apostles (old gospel) and be able to perform saving ordinances in the temple (old gospel).
I'm not sure what our distorted view of the world is. Our view is that the world is a gift to us from God. That this life is a time to prepare to meet God. That this life is an opportunity to raise a family in righteousness. Is that distorted? Ok.
The planets? We do believe that in our Father's house there are many mansions and that he will provide a place for us to live with him and our family forever. We often refer to this place as a kingdom. It has been referred to as a planet by some leaders. I don't know why it matters.
Underwear? Yes, we wear a sacred garment that looks like a t-shirt and long shorts as underwear. It symbolizes our commitments made in the Temple to honor the Lord in all our doings. This is not unlike the Jewish clothing, or Catholic Priest clothing or even a Christian pastor's collar. It's a symbol. There is one major difference, and that is we wear it underneath our clothing to keep it private and only discuss it when angry people bring it up on the internet.
Joseph Smith was a prophet, not a meth user or cocaine addict.
We had no fear of persecution when we left the East and came and helped settle the SouthWest and Mountain West. We had knowledge and experience of ACTUAL persecution, including the murder of our prophet, the theft of our lands and personal property, the displacement of our people from their homes which led to disease and death of our people, including women, children and the elderly. Don't forget the extermination order signed by the Governor of Missouri.
We are a religion. Comma! And the story has just begun.
Please visit www.lds.org to learn more.1 month ago
I'm sorry you think we're a cult. I know many folks who have failed to make any effort to learn about our faith or really know us who feel the same way.
Some folks just have anger in their heart they need to express and we're an easy target.
But we're not a cult in the sense I think you are suggesting. Sure, most religions are a cult in the dictionary definition way.
But to suggest we're anything more than your neighbors, friends, bosses, and employees, who happen to go to church on Sunday and follow the restored gospel, well that's just wrong.
Take a deep breath and try and find and some meaning in your life that will take away the urge to spew out vicious attacks on the internet. You'll live longer and happier.1 month ago
If you were really a lifelong active member of the church, you wouldn't feel this way, even if you "dare think for yourself".
These boys don't need or want your pity. Just because someone thinks differently than you, doesn't mean they are brainwashed.
A parent raises a child to abhor religion and advocate for things like abortion, free welfare for all, free medical coverage for all, endless government spending, the end of marriage as we know it and so forth. That parent is just raising their children according to their own conscience.
A parent is faithful to a religious organization that teaches love of family, love of God, love of country, serving others, sacrificing time for others, personal responsibility, chastity until marriage and so forth. That parent is brainwashing their child.
Our lives are realistic. We work hard and buy homes, cars, and other personal property. We employ people, are employees. We are doctors, lawyers, teachers, garbage men, politicians, fast food attendants and so forth.
Please, relax and go have some fun in this great weather.
RF1 month ago
I just realized I'm not sure where I stand on this issue. I've played a game with my wife where we will count consecutive cars in one lane as we pass them to see how many in a row we get who are using their cell phone, texting or talking. We reached 11 once. That's consecutive.
Drivers are more distracted these days, that's for sure. But I'm afraid if you are going to outlaw texting, there's a few more things you have to consider: Changing the station, hitting your kid with a shoe, eating your chicken nuggets, arguing with your friend on the phone, flipping off the guy who just cut you off, checking out the cute 20 something next to you... the list goes on.
Tough issue to solve, for sure.1 month ago
Have enough confidence in your friends' intelligence and maturity that they won't be coerced into joining a church that they don't think is right or true. We live in the information age. They can go to www.lds.org or mormon.org and research what we believe, just as you can.
You have obviously not read the scriptures you cite as four different gospels. But I do agree with you that all the scriptures you mention do contain parts of the gospel. They aren't all different and they aren't all the same. You'll have to read them to know the difference.
As for your obsession with our aversion to the cross, I'm not sure what the import that is to the discussion. I know that if I put on a cross and said, "I believe this represents the Savior", you still wouldn't be convinced that I'm heaven bound. So what do my opinions on the cross matter to you? Is our aversion to wearing a cross the only thing you don't believe in our church? No. It's not.
The cross is a symbol for many Christians. For some it is more powerful than others, but to my knowledge, it has no magical powers to any one religion.
A cross in and of itself represents a form of execution. Jesus wasn't the only one who died on a cross. I assume thousands did in those days.
So we choose not to focus on his form of execution. We focus on his life and resurrection.
Luckily, for many Christians, Jesus was not executed in modern times, otherwise, they would be wearing electric chairs around their necks! Or a pendant with a little mini-firing squad. Or a vile with a lethal injection. Or a noose.
Could a Mormon wear a cross if they wanted to represent their faith that way? Sure. There is no rule against it.
I'd move on to more substantive arguments.
Finally, I appreciate that you acknowledge my prayers reach the same God that yours do. People on your side often could care less what I pray about, because they feel I pray to the wrong God, so we have that going for us.
And yes, I will pray that your friends aren't coerced into joining the faith. Last thing we need is a coerced member. They end up inactive and angrily posting on online articles later on.2 months ago
I'm not sure what you mean by four gospels. Are you referring to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the first four books of the new testament? Are you claiming that as we hold the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price as scripture, that we have four gospels?
You are confused about what we believe. You are angry based on what you think we believe.
You should view our recent General Conference, available at www.lds.org. There is ten hours of preaching by our leaders. A clear explanation of what we believe.
Be a mature and logical mind. First get the facts. Then disagree if you want. After you disagree, try and not resort to personal attacks and name calling and ranting about things that are not fact based.
Good luck in your growth as a human being and a disciple of the Savior.2 months ago