A few weeks ago I posted a link to a Church website that asked for thoughts and criticisms of the new (and terrible) Gospel Principles manual. Apparently a troop of Mormons decided that any form of criticism is an act of apostasy and went to the post to defend the Church.
Here are some beautiful examples from the comments on the Church's media blog:
Sarah - "I hate to criticize anything put our by the Church because I feel that is not really supporting our Prophet and our Leaders. . . . Please, Brothers and Sisters, let’s not say unkind things about this manual, even if you think they are true. I think it reflects poorly on us as members. We are supposed to sustain our leaders in all things. Including the committees that research and write the manuals."
Annie - "I don’t understand the point of this survey. Isn’t God the one directing the church. Wouldn’t he know whether it was a good idea or not. With our leaders being so inspired why would they need our opinion?"
Jeff - "Some of these comments sadly reflect a glaring lack of faith which I find much more disturbing than any perceived shortcomings of the GP manual. . . . Next time a survey like this is offered, perhaps it should require not only name and email but perhaps membership number? There’s too much anti-mormon nonsense and rhetoric clouding up this page."
Nicolas - "The people here that complain about the book, calling it such things as “an insult to our intelligence”, are NOT asking God if this decision is correct, they are nitpicking and criticising their own leaders. They are not searching for the truth, they are searching for reasons to be offended. Yes we are encouraged not to follow blindly, but that means we have to seek a spiritual confirmation that our leaders’ decisions are divinely inspired. We are NOT encouraged to find fault with them, or to rant and complain about their decisions." (emphasis mine)