Last Sunday, this happened.
If you don't want to click, here's a quick recap: an LDS stake president, in a church meeting, got up and shared political opinions. He did not mention people or parties, but it was pretty clear on which side of the aisle he fell.
I found out about this tonight and read it, then shared it on Twitter 'cause, you know, that's the whole point of social media and the whole reason I am still in this seventh circle of hell. I included only one comment: Not OK.
Not five minutes later, Twitter responded with this:
@leftinutah Awww, did he trash your precious socialism at church? Boo-hoo.
Le(a)nin left RT @J_Kane: @leftinutah Awww, did he trash your precious socialism at church? Boo-hoo.
If I hadn't just had two weeks of nauseatingly hellish awfulness, I would like to think that I'd roll my eyes, make a snide comment about the narrow-mindedness of Utah and laugh it off. But that was not the case. Instead, I stared at Twitter feed and contemplated crying. Or throwing my computer. Or tweeting the d-bag who apparently feels that there's only room in the gospel of Jesus Christ for people who agree with him and inviting him to actually learn something about Jesus Christ.
It's just one more thing to add to the "Everything I hate about Utah" list that I've been compiling in my mind. It grows every day.
Like I said, really bad time.
For anyone who is wondering, being LDS does not automatically make you conservative, and church is not the appropriate place to air your grievances, however subtly, about political affairs. I sincerely hope that anyone of any stripe could walk into a meeting and feel welcomed, not alienated. There is room for everybody in the gospel of Jesus Christ.