Would you refuse to pull the trigger on the execution of someone convicted of rape/murder (a common combination)?
What about when the French decided to execute some men for cowardice in order to stiffen up the rest and the men picked for conviction and execution were not necessarily guilty of anything but being in the wrong unit in the French military?
A lot going on there.]]>
Given all those factors, I think the bishop was exercising unrighteous dominion.
(In the interest of full disclosure, I am probably a bit oversensitive on this issue, having seen several people I’m close to subjected to Church discipline without any justifiable cause. That is not to say that the discipline was an overreaction to minor sins, but that their “sins” weren’t actually sins at all. “Behavior unbecoming a Latter-day Saint” is an extremely convenient category if you’re a priesthood leader with a god complex or an axe to grind. Eventually––years later––GAs got involved and rectified the situation, but ever since then, anytime somebody uses the phrase “Judge in Israel” as some kind of honorific, I want to blow raspberries at the pulpit.)]]>
LdG, I agree that the bishop probably overreacted, but if the guy was bragging about this behavior, it seems extreme to start calling him names over trying to get the guy to realize that his actions were wrong.]]>
I can’t think what it is you’re calling him.]]>
That Bishop? What a t**t.]]>
Those of us who are not in the military, however, can still understand some military principles. One of those is military discipline, which requires that orders be followed, with rare exceptions.
But the fact that he didn’t follow the order he was given is not the worst part, for me. I think it’s much worse that he hid that fact. That’s deceptive and wrong whether you’re in the military or not.
Imagine that you’re in a workplace. Your boss gives you a job to do. You don’t like the job and have moral objections to it, but instead of voicing those objections, you just pretend to do the job, while in reality you intentionally make sure that your part of the job does not get done.
Then later you brag about the fact that you didn’t do your job and made others pick up the slack for you.
Still think there’s nothing dishonest or immoral going on here? Still think there’s something to be proud of in this behavior?]]>