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“Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness” — Unless It’s About Yourself and Makes You Look Good

November 12, 2011
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You know, I always thought that even though Mormons use a second book in addition to the Bible, they believed that commandment about “Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness.”

But apparently Mike Winder, the mayor of West Valley, Utah, disagrees with the holy scriptures: Utah Mayor Admits He Used Fake Name to Write News Stories About Himself.

The mayor of a large city in Utah admitted he used an alias to pose as a reporter and write news stories, sometimes about himself, because he wanted to “try to restore balance.”

West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder admitted he used a fake name to write freelance stories for local news outlets like Deseret News, Oquirrh Times and KSL-TV’s website because he thought the city needed more “good news,” according to the AP.

Yes, his motives were good, and kind of understandable. He was upset that crime in his area was continuing to get coverage in the media, but due to budget cuts and cost savings, resources were no longer being allocated to reporting good news about the city. So maybe this seems like a minor infraction, Bible-wise.

Of course, Winder appears not to have noticed that he belongs to a political party that is all about cutting budgets, and starving everyone of resources to do their work. But never mind. The fact is that he still deceived everyone. He lied for the sake of a political agenda. And it seems to me that the deity of the Book of Mormon as well as of the Bible kind of takes a dim view of that sort of thing. But I guess when you’re a Republican, and are in power — it’s only other people who have to live by Biblical precepts, not you. Right?

One Comment leave one →
  1. Mark permalink
    November 18, 2011 6:03 am

    If he’d bear false witness — in the media, no less! — ya gotta wonder which other Bible no-nos he’s also violating.

    If I had an ass in his neighborhood, I’d be worried!

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