How can I leave Salt Lake City right when I’m making headlines?
Oh Utah. Personally I think what is talked about in the LDS (Mormon) General Conference, that took place last weekend here in Salt Lake City, should be discussed in Sunday School, and not in secular newspapers that are intended for the general population. However, some writer found my blog, (may I add he was very nice) and asked if he could ask me some questions about people replacing children with dogs. The article, is based on a BRIEF comment from an LDS Apostle about people using pets to replace children. Whatever your stance on that, so be it, I interpreted the comment as intended to help show part of a bigger world problem: selfishness. I do not feel that Elder Oaks intended his comment to mean people who have dogs are selfish, but instead people who replace human relationships with canine relationships because they are less of a hassle and less expensive, should maybe reevaluate themselves.
Here is a link to the original article in which Pony and I are featured!
Here is a link to a SLC Tribune bloggers comments…might I add that again, I am baffled at why Utah insists on putting this type of content in their newspapers. Personally I think it further divides the residents and creates a rift perpetuated by bitter ex-members and naive members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints alike.
So Alison, why did you contribute then? Well, I’m glad you asked, because if they ARE going to talk about, I’d be happy to add my two cents.
What I would like to add to these “quotes” is what I fully said. And what I fully said is, “Personally I am more concerned with people getting married after knowing each other for three months and then rushing into children, then people getting pets instead of children. Perhaps THESE people should be required to have a dog first, or at least a plant.” I also said that I think few people really have the insight to properly interpret their own reality. Am I getting a dog to replace children? I don’t think so. Am I getting a dog to help prepare me for commitment? Yes, I think so. But I also think I should have my own band, talk show, and devoted fan base. I am willing to admit that for the most part, I could be insane.
Moving on, if you have particular qualms you’d like to discuss about Mormons, Prop 8, Big Love, or my puppy, please feel free to e-mail me. My address is in my profile. I would be happy to politely and respectfully discuss any of these matters.
But as for now, I must get back to painting the crib for Pony.