Kate Kelly recently expressed her regard for the remarkably intelligent intrepid members of the Ordain Women movement who make the Church their spiritual home, as well as the other members of the Church that she loves:
Sadly, the Mormon faith has become a place that incentivizes the survival of the least fit. Since strict obedience is demanded and harshly enforced, only the least talented, least articulate, least nuanced thinkers, least likely to take a stand against abuse, and the least courageous people thrive in the Church today.
I am willing to take a stand against abuse, starting with this very article and including Dehlin and his antics. I am grateful for Ward and Stake leaders who take the courageous stand to protect the Church from abusive bullies like Kelly and Dehlin, who would point the finger of scorn at those joyfully partaking of the fruit of the gospel.
Personally, I don’t think the problem in the Church that led to her expulsion was how awesome she was so much as the fact that she thought that she could get her way by bullying people including most notably other feminists. In case you are not aware of this problem, here is her post on Mormon Stories regarding an interview with several feminists who considered alternate approaches to the one that she favored:
October 17, 2013 at 8:10 am
After listening to this podcast, I found a link to this recent study that was published in the scientific journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. The research found that a high sense of entitlement disposes women to internalize patriarchal beliefs. http://www.psypost.org/2013/10/self-entitled-women-are-more-likely-to-endorse-benevolent-sexism-study-finds-20644
To me that research seems relevant to the views of the women in this podcast, so it was a timely email.
So her first reaction to other feminists with more positive approaches is to characterize them as “entitled”. I fail to see how that can be interpreted as much of anything but abuse and also an appeal to ad hominem to explain why they would support approaches that were more harmonious with the Church to the several women who presented their approaches. She goes on:
The position of “entitlement” to which I refer is that Fiona, Margaret, and Neylan all have a stake in not being overly critical of the church or the patriarchal structure because they directly benefit from it, financially and in other ways.
Deseret Book (owned by the Church) sells Fiona’s books. Margaret’s paycheck comes from BYU (Church-owned university). and Neylan is a Brand Strategist at Bonneville Communications (media and broadcasting company, wholly owned by the Church).
Why is it that Kelly appeals to ad hominem circumstantial in order to slap down those feminists who have approaches that differ from her own? I don’t see that as a particularly productive approach to dialogue. Similarly, her latest contribution, which I highlighted at the beginning of the post I would not consider productive. I would say that the lack of genuine respect for those she disagrees with is a characteristic she holds in common with Dehlin, and which has been a contributor to the problems faced by both individuals. To me the moral of this is that mutual respect goes much farther in the journey toward real dialogue than insults, and ad hominem.