posted on Mar, 1 2008 @ 10:07 PM
First I shall give you a short background on me:
First of all: I hate Michael Moore. He is a sellout who cares not about spreading truth but only about stirring up controversy if it will put more
coin in his pocket. Despite the fact that much of what he says is true, it is all lies in my opinion as it is all based on his greed.
Second of all: I spent sixteen years of my life devoted to the Mormon religion. I was as devout a Mormon as anyone could be. In the Mormon religion,
they called me a "Peter Priesthood" because I was so extremely devout.
Third: I lived in Orem, UT for a large fraction of my life. I know the town, I know the people, I know the culture, I know the mentality.
Fourth: I served in Iraq with the United States Army, (Active Duty).
That being said, I am ready to critique this documentary.
I would first like to say that anyone who says this documentary is un-biased is blind. This documentary was clearly made to discredit the
"narrow-minded" Utah Mormons who fought for Michael Moore's banishment. The film-makers did a *relatively* more-than-decent job of hiding this
bias, but if you do not see it you're blind.
Secondly I would like to give the utmost respect to every individual who went against the grain and supported Michael Moore. Being a former resident
of this town I know the challenges they must have faced were more than just what were shown in this documentary. Utah may be 75% Mormon, but the town
of Orem is over 99% Mormon. There is a greater concentration of Mormons, and a greater ratio of Mormons to non-Mormons in the town of Orem than any
other place in the entire world. Anyone who openly supports anything that is even remotely not conducive to the Mormon faith in Orem, UT is going up
against great odds.
As I said, I am not at all a Michael Moore supporter. No matter how much he says is actually true, he says it not for the sake of truth but for his
own greed. However, I would not spend one second of my time supporting an effort to deny anyone the right to speak. I am not surprised by the
reaction of a large portion of the student body of UVSC, and am in fact surprised that as many supported Michael Moore as did. I don't support
Michael Moore, but to quote Voltaire: "I disagree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."
I think what Mr. Anderson was forgetting was that "his" community was not made up solely of conservatives, or Republicans, or even Mormons, but WAS
in fact made up of AMERICANS. He can talk all day about the "majority" of his community, but the fact is that he does not represent his community,
and thus has no right to speak for them. If he disagrees with something, he has every right to speak out against it. But speaking in the name of
"his" community was ignorant at best. And the fact that he tried to bribe the college into keeping Michael Moore out shows just how desperate he
God forbid somebody come into his community with a dissenting opinion. If the belief structure that "his" community hold so dear is so incredibly
important and perfect, than how could a *presumably* false ideology being verbalized to that community be so damning? If his belief structure is so
correct, then shouldn't that of others be proven false and thus serve to verify the validity of his own? If he is so afraid of dissenting opinions,
it must be because he fears that he might be proven wrong, right?
And one question: were the people holding the signs that said, "Ignorance is bliss, leave us alone Moore" being sarcastic, or were they really
admitting that they liked being ignorant and not being aware of others' opinions?
Also, that Specialist in uniform who talked about the military not supporting Michael Moore: how dare he speak for the rest of us! If he has his own
opinion, let him speak it. But let him not speak for the rest of us; let us verbalize our own opinions. Screw Michael Moore, but more importantly
screw everyone who wants to shut him up.
And lastly, Michael Moore said something that I have been yearning for for some time now: he apologized. I don't think it right for him to apologize
on behalf of other people, but I would really like an apology from the American people for sending me to Iraq on behalf of *NOT FREEDOM*, but greed.
I've been to Iraq, and I've seen the true nature of this war. I am as much to blame as anyone else for my being there, but I'm not going to lie:
as much as I hate Michael Moore, and I know it was basically a publicity stunt, I shed literal tears when he apologized for my life being put on the
line for this bullcrap.
[edit on 1/3/08 by an3rkist]