One of the common quibbles of the disaffected members of my church is their claim that church leadership is a bunch of old men who are “out of touch” with the ‘real’ world.
Well, last weekend we had a nice General Conference in which they demonstrated how ‘out of touch’ they were. Among other things there were…
- 2 references to TXT messaging
- References to blogging and the new media/internet
- Multiple (approaching innumerable) references to the need for provident, frugal living, and living within our means as the best way to get through the current (and future) economic crisis.
Not too bad for a bunch of crotchety old men living under a rock, eh?
One of the things that stuck out to me was said in Priesthood meeting by Elder Richard Scott. He was talking about our relationship to women and said that independent of culture or religion we should be actively “reject[ing] the concept of male superiority.” It was interesting because, he was implying that it’s not only improper to for a Latter-day Saint Priesthood holder to put himself above a daughter of God, but it is one of those basic, fundamental truths (like stealing or killing) that applies to all men everywhere! It is just wrong, no matter who you are, what religion you follow, when you lived, or your individual culture or circumstance. He was commenting on the world in general, not solely on our own culture, religion, or history.
He further commented that typically when there isn’t “equal partnership” in a marriage, it is the man’s fault.
Yeah… those are just a bunch of ornery, self-aggrandizing old men, aren’t they…