On Wednesday night January 3 2017, a headline from the New York Times went viral after a disrespectful report of the death of Thomas S. Monson was published on their website. The article reads:

“Thomas S. Monson, who as president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2008 enlarged the ranks of female missionaries, but rebuffed demands to ordain women as priests and refused to alter church opposition to same-sex marriage, died on Tuesday at his home in Salt Lake City…

Facing vociferous demands to recognize same-sex marriage, and weathering demonstrations at church headquarters by Mormon women pleading for the right to be ordained as priests, Mr. Monson did not bend. Teachings holding homosexuality to be immoral, bans on sexual intercourse outside male-female marriages, and an all-male priesthood would remain unaltered.

…but as rising numbers of church members and critics joined the internet’s free-for-all culture of debate and exposé, his church was confronted with troubling inconsistencies in Mormon history and Scripture. The church even found itself at odds with an old ally, the Boy Scouts of America, which admitted gay members and gay adults as scout leaders….”

In response to the article, an LDS member published a tweet showing how bias the New York Times is in their report. Comparing covers of the death of a playboy founder, a mass murderer, a dictator and the president of the church. Brian argued that Thomas S. Monson who spent his life serving and organizing global humanitarian efforts deserves better than this.

Other netizens have also tweeted their support in response to the headlines of the New York Times:

The LDS Church have no comment regarding the said controversy.


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Josh Flores is a writer for Moroni Channel. He studies commercial law at De La Salle University and served his mission in Japan.
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