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I decided to shake things up and get myself a new look for my blog. I like it. It's bright, calming, pretty . . . I'll let it sit for awhile and see if I'll stick with it.

I received this email from one of the gentlemen I work with at More Good Foundation.

Dear Friends,

Your help is needed. Please read this and forward it on to all of your friends and family. Please take a stand with me against this brutal attack on Mormonism.

I'm very saddened and sickened to report that while browsing YouTube.com, I noticed that the very first video that comes up for the search term "mormon" is a horrible, hateful video titled "Cartoon banned by the Mormon church," which was created by the "God Makers." It is appalling to me that YouTube has allowed this video to remain on their site, when it clearly violates their community rule:

We encourage free speech and defend everyone's right to express unpopular points of view. But we don't permit hate speech (speech which attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation/gender identity).

Why has YouTube allowed this hate video about the Mormon Religion to be on their site for so long? If it was about another faith, would it be taken down already? Or is it that we as members don't feel the need to stand up for what we believe in when it comes to things like this online? I for one am tired of hearing and having to respond to the lies and absurd things that come out of this video.

It's very important to note that it's not only Mormons who are appalled by this, but so is the National Conference of Christians and Jews. The NCCJ committee sent a letter to "Concerned Christians" which stated, among other things, that,

The film does not fairly portray the Mormon Church, Mormon history, or Mormon belief. It makes extensive use of half-truths, faulty generalizations, sensationalism, and is not reflective of the true spirit of Mormon faith. We find particularly offensive the emphasis that Mormonism is some sort of subversive plot-a danger to the community, a threat to the institution of marriage, and destructive to the mental health of teenagers. We are of the opinion that the film relies heavily on appeals to fear, prejudice and unworthy human emotions. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_God_Makers_(film)

I'm asking everyone of every faith to take a stand with us and flag this video. To do this, you will need a http://www.YouTube.com account. It's free and easy to sign up. If you have any problems, please let me know and I can help walk you through it. Once you have an account, you can search for the word Mormon. Click on the video, and below the video to the right, you will see an option to flag it and you can select the reason why. I selected "Hateful or abusive content" and then "Promotes hatred or violence." If you have any problem finding the video, let me know.

It's not right that there are Mormon Youtube video makers that are submitting wonderful, uplifting videos, who are under attack and on the verge of being removed because of anti-Mormon campaigns against them. Yet we stand idly by and let people think this "God Maker" garbage is true.

STAND FOR SOMETHING!

Giuseppe Martinengo
More Good Foundation
http://www.moregoodfoundation.org

If anyone has any problems with this following these steps to flag this video, please let me know. I have already gone out and flagged it, and a number of other anti- Mormon videos as "Hateful or Abusive Content." Please join with us and take a stand.
Take a Stand Take a Stand Reviewed by Candace Salima on Friday, March 14, 2008 Rating: 5