Do What Is Right, Let the Consequence Follow

September 20, 2006 at 7:09 pm | Posted in American politics, Religion, Torture, War on Terror | 16 Comments

In the discussion about normalizing torture in American law, even many Mormons are for it, citing concerns to the American way of life. They say that terrorists are out to destroy our lives, our very being, our very existence, so this somehow justifies us in using all possible tools against them, no matter how wrong or evil those tools happen to be. Well, I disagree.

Do What is Right

Do what is right; the day dawn is breaking,
Hailing a future of freedom and light.
Angels above us are silent notes taking
Of every action, then do what is right!

Do what is right, let the consequence follow.
Battle for freedom in spirit and might;
And with stout hearts look ye forth for tomorrow.
God will protect you; then do what is right.

Do what is right, the shackles are falling.
Chains of the bondsmen are no longer bright;
Lightened by hope, soon they’ll cease to be galling.
Truth goeth onward, then do what is right.

Do what is right, let the consequence follow.
Battle for freedom in spirit and might;
And with stout hearts look ye forth for tomorrow.
God will protect you; then do what is right.

Do what is right, be faithful and fearless.
Onward, press onward, the goal is in sight.
Eyes that are wet now ere long will be tearless.
Blessings await you in doing what’s right!

Do what is right, let the consequence follow.
Battle for freedom in spirit and might;
And with stout hearts look ye forth for tomorrow.
God will protect you; then do what is right.

Real power and influence comes not from getting down and dirty with our enemy, but showing forth the example we are supposed to live by already. God will protect us. Do some not believe this? Do some not think God will be there when He says He will? Do what is right and see for yourself who be with you and who for your enemy. Methinks the priests of Baal will bleed themselves and wail all day to the heavens but in the end their god will not be there for them. Trust in the Lord and keep your principles. This is the way to what is right.

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  1. […] For those who stop by here, but don’t frequent other bloggernacle sites, I’ve posted, over at Bloggernacle Times, a piece on the ongoing torture debate in our country–from this Latter-day Saint’s perspective.  I hope you will take some time to look it over and let me know what’s missing, or wrong, or whatever.  Also, I’d recommend from a political perspective you take a look at a new political blog over at The Good Democrat, where there are several good posts on the torture issue just from a political perspective, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and finally here.   […]

  2. good insight; you’ve made me ponder on my own position. That’s not easy to do.

  3. Condie,

    Thank you for commenting. I’m glad I could be of help. There are better ways to fight our battles than what Bush has offered.

  4. Thanks for the lyrics to Do What Is Right!

  5. Great hymn but look what the Nephite leaders (Captain Moroni and others) had to do to defend themselves. The Gadianton Robbers were much like the Terrorists today and had to be hunted and driven out repeatedly. Yes, love your enemies but defend your freedom in every way that you can. We have not been attacked since 9/11 and we have never been attacked by a foreign military and it is because we have not only defended our country but we have also been proactive.

  6. Walt, I still don’t see how that condones torture of our fellow human beings. I just can’t imagine Christ ever sanctioning torture. The new law Christ introduced is turn the other cheek and love those that despitefully use you.

  7. I was looking at some Book of Mormon chronology and noticed that this incident of Moroni and these Gadianton guys fighting was well past the time when Christ came and introduced his “new law”

  8. mind sharing your reference, SUNN.

  9. it’s your book not mine if i’m wrong tell me.

  10. it’s your accusation not mine. the monkey is on your back.

  11. how long has it been since you’ve had a good old fashioned country ass whooping… I’m guessing you’re long long overdue… lol… all kidding aside though, honestly you really do seem like the kind of guy to hide behind the “violence is not the answer” excuse.. I’m sure you probably tried that line a few times while getting your head slammed in a locker in high school…

  12. heh, you think I got my head slammed in a locker in high school? that’s pretty funny. I’m still waiting for your evidence. And I recommend you try without the use of swear words. 🙂

  13. dude.. you swear in your little blog posts… so whatever…

  14. um, yeah, this is my fucking blog. I get to fucking swear as often as I fucking like. If you don’t fucking like it, go the fuck elsewhere.

  15. I’m a staunch Republican-minded LDS and I agree with you. We should gather intelligence through other means and respect the sanctity of every life. Additionally, I also have the opinion that if the government decides to torture it needs to publicly support it. This government dichotomy against/for torture at places like Guantanamo is ridiculous. Make a decision and stick with it. @Democratic Leadership Don’t wuss out so you can get all Barbara Walters in this country to support your heart-warming changes that you’ve already been aware of for years and only recently decided to use. Gah. Curse the parties or bless them.

  16. We don’t torture enemies? That’s strictly against our intelligence policy (at least for the military). We do torture our own military members though. It’s to prepare them for what enemies may do if we’re captured. You have to sign a waver and they won’t really do anything that will leave you maimed forever. They’re allowed to break a few bones though. It’s called SERE.


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