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….”
Thomas Monson, the president of the Mormon church who rebuffed demands to ordain women as priests and refused to alter church opposition to same-sex marriage, died Tuesday at 90 https://t.co/NKEHpAXzb1
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 3, 2018
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.
How the failing new york times covers the death of a playboy, a dictator, a mass murderer….. and the prophet of the mormon church who spent his life serving and organizing global humanitarian efforts.
— Brian Fagan (@bdfagan) January 3, 2018
Other netizens have also tweeted their support in response to the headlines of the New York Times:
The tweet replies to the New York Times article regarding President Thomas S Monson’s death made my heart ache. There was so much ill will and hatred toward a man who gave his life in service to others. This scripture I think exemplifies how Christlike he truly was. pic.twitter.com/4QP92xKWhJ
— devin (@Therealdevdawg) January 4, 2018
It is unfortunate the way New York Times announced the passing of Thomas S Monson. At least have the respect and dignity to not politicize the passing of one of the most selfless, loving, and giving human beings to ever live on this earth.
— Jerry Stayner (@JlStayner) January 4, 2018
Let us praise people who don’t deserve praise and put down those who’ve dedicated their lives to the service and well being of others. Your tactics make no sense New York Times. Learn about all of the good he did. Thomas S. Monson was an amazing person.
— Ri (@RileighDye) January 4, 2018
As I look at this and I tremble. The world has come to news headlines like this? I’m a convert and Thomas S. Monson gave words that ring in my heart today. How the world could come to bash such a selfless man is beyond me. New York Times should be ashamed to post this. https://t.co/66MRN6GLQC
— Tyler Vinyard (@vinyard_tyler) January 4, 2018
The New York Times celebrates men like Hugh Hefner and Fidel Castro and then paints Thomas S. Monson as this villian. I'm glad your industry and business are dying tbh. 4th estate my ass. https://t.co/fBeXDxlIl3
— Andrew Jones (@el_jonesy35) January 4, 2018
The LDS Church have no comment regarding the said controversy.
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