A response to Lynda Eggimann’s letter to the Idaho State Journal

28 Jul

When we looked at today’s copy of the Idaho State Journal, we flipped to a letter to the editor titled “The End is Near.” This editorial, by Pocatello’s own Lynda Eggimann Sr., isn’t about any doomsday scenario brought on by a disintegrating earth or Bible-esque Apocalypse. To Eggimann, the source of this end of times is none other than the secular activists and LGBTQ community here in our own town.

Eggimann says of ISU’s Freethinkers, Atheists and Agnostics for Religious Tolerance (who have recently rebranded themselves as the Secular Student Association of ISU): “…they contend, the Constitution bans prayer in public meetings and they somehow believe those 60 students have more rights than the 60,000 who believe prayer is the ONLY thing holding this country together.” It seems that Eggimann is quite the pollster. Either that or she has some kind of god-like powers to know the opinions of 60,000 people.

But the SSA is not her only target. She notes that “Pocatello Pride” now includes Pocatello Pride, the LGBTQ group throwing a festival at Old Town Pavilion on August 20. “Choke, gag and vomit…What are we thinking?” she says. “Is there nowhere left we can just be left in peace to raise our children with morals, healthy living and common sense.”

Given her rant against the SSA, we’re assuming that her hatred of the LGBTQ community is based in religion. According to her open Facebook page, that religion is LDS. As a paper who both employs members of the LDS church and writes about LGBTQ culture, we know that it is entirely possible to be both religious and tolerant. Lynda, while your religion might bar you from approving of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer people, it does not mean you have to spew hatred at them, especially in a public forum.

You ask “Is there nowhere left we can just be left in peace to raise our children with morals, healthy living and common sense” and yet many LGBTQ families ask that same thing every day. Is there nowhere they can go to escape prejudice like yours? Is there nowhere they can go where they can be left in peace from such misguided hate? Is there anywhere in this country they can go to be accepted as equals in society?

If you had things your way, Lynda, I’m sure there wouldn’t be. As a Christian, you must know this verse from 1 Samuel: “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the lord looks at the heart.” After reading your letter, we’re convinced that your heart is black and cold. You set a horrible example for the LDS church, Pocatello and human beings everywhere. The hatred you have for members of your own community is vile and dark. We are disgusted.

–The Bannock Alternative

ADDENDUM:

From the Book of Mormon:

“See that ye love one another; cease to be covetous; learn to impart one to another as the gospel requires.” –Doctrine and Covenants 88:123

“But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another.” –Mosiah 4:15

“For so exceedingly do they anger that it seemeth me that they have no fear of death; and they have lost their love, one towards another; and they thirst after blood and revenge continually.” –Moroni 9:5

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11 Responses to “A response to Lynda Eggimann’s letter to the Idaho State Journal”

  1. Aubrey Jernberg 07/28/2011 at 12:00 pm #

    This is great!

  2. Ravyn White 07/28/2011 at 12:20 pm #

    Thank you guys so much for posting this! You are truly a shining light in Pocatello with your open minds and appreciation for art. It makes me proud to see that both LDS and non religious people can still agree that intolerance, hatred, and other such ugliness will not be tolerated by free thinking people. I’m not religious but bless you all!

  3. Suzir 07/28/2011 at 1:12 pm #

    Please don’t let this one uniformed person speak for all of the LDS faith. We as a group preach love and tolerance for others. I can’t remember which Apostle said not too long ago, but I think it was Boyd K Packer, that while we don’t condone certain behaviors we follow the Savior and love and serve all people.

  4. Efresh 07/28/2011 at 2:54 pm #

    Well said TBA!!!!

  5. Efresh-The Gathering Place 07/28/2011 at 3:37 pm #

    How fortunate for the city of Pocatello that the large LDS population doesn’t believe, think and act the way you do. As a business owner, I feel very blessed for the diversity and acceptance of differences I see everyday. Ignorance does not rule in Pocatello, Idaho. While you’re at True Tattoo, why don’t you come across the street and enjoy a sandwich at our shop, because my God created all human beings equally. Respectfully, Emily, Dan, Rigo, and Jennifer…..Our response on Lynda’s facebook page

  6. Rebecca Jeanne Gallegos 07/28/2011 at 5:15 pm #

    Wow!! “Lil” miss Lynda Eggimann from pocatello…. pretty gutsy thing to put in the Idaho State Journal today.. voicing your discust for the gay’s and the gay pride. Who the hell made you god and gave the right to judge people. That just makes you look like a idioit and I hope that when the day comes when gays have right someone rubs the paper in your face. A HUGE share of my friends are gay and they are they BEST people i know. You are really making a interesting name for the LDS faith out there. I hope you are are not all hateful like that because I know MANY LDS people who are gay…does that mean you hate those of your own faith too! I have lost total faith in the human race becaue of things just like this. Keep your ideals to yourself because you just pissed off most of southeast idaho!

  7. anna 07/28/2011 at 5:49 pm #

    Her facebook info page is right…. living with her IS probably like living with a 2 year old..although I think a 2 year old is more open and loving than she is…She has the 2-year-old temper tantrums down though!!

  8. Jordon 07/29/2011 at 8:40 am #

    This makes me really sad. I will say, that as an LDS mother, the most important things I hope to teach my daughters are that NO ONE is undeserving of your love and respect. Not all LDS people are so high and mighty. I believe we are all God’s children, and he loves ALL of His children, no matter what, and expects us to do the same. What will be the “end” will be when hate takes over. If my children can’t love, like I hope they will, then they better, at very least, be respectful and tolerant of everyone. As I said before, NO ONE is undeserving of my love, or of my tolerance and respect. Hate is what will make any community a bad place to raise children in.

  9. Evelyn Curtis 07/29/2011 at 10:48 pm #

    I like your response. Very well thought out and professional. It really is people like that who give others in the same community a bad rep.

  10. Michael Chow 07/29/2011 at 11:26 pm #

    Well put! While I have a certain degree of sympathy for the stress she must be feeling, it’s disappointing that she gave little thought toward the feelings of others. Prickly beliefs, sure–but her expression of those beliefs is completely insensitive.

  11. Anonymous 08/02/2011 at 5:21 pm #

    Interesting how the mother of a former PPD detective who was fired from his job for having an affair with a confidential informant (unbeknownst to his wife and three kids) is hating on everyone else and blaming them for the demoralization of the world.

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