"Enslaves" really is a poor word choice, poor comparison, or poor analogy in this case. It diminishes the violence that was commonly perpetuated in the all too real American institution of slavery.
Similarly using the word "rape" to describe things other than actual rape diminishes the violence of rape and can cause distress to actual rape survivors. Or witch-hunts, though the memory on that is not as sharp. Legally we have the Freedom of Speech to do so, but in my ethical framework I don't think it's a compassionate thing to do.
Again, legally you can do so. Personally, I don't believe that's something I can ethically expect or demand or anyone else. And I certainly don't have a right to expect that they would comply with such a demand. I'm not going to tell the faithful Mormons among my friends and family members that they should direct their anger at the Church. Or leave it. And I'm certainly not going to demand it of total strangers. I've been a NOM for far, far too long to insist that I know what is best for other people or to claim that the Mormon Church is always bad for people.Palerider wrote: ↑Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:06 pmI wish that those TBMs of African descent today, whose ancestors were badly discriminated against in the past and even those who are current day converts, could see that something like the apology hoax, though distasteful, is really nothing compared to the great hoax of Mormonism in general.
All of us who were and are being taken advantage of by this corporation that calls itself a church should direct our anger to the real cause of our pain.
You're starting to edge into a discussion of kyriarchy.Palerider wrote: ↑Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:06 pmTo speak of "oppressors" is to remember what it's like to be shushed when bringing up polygamy or Adam/God in a gospel doctrine or priesthood class. To be told that women should be obedient to their husbands in all things. To obey leadership no matter how stupid they are. To give time, money, and endless labor to an organization that constantly reminds you, "We can get along without you, if you disagree with us." The church can get along without anyone so pay up or you won't be a forever family. If you don't do what we say, you'll be in Satan's power. You'll be evil.