following (emphasis added):
“It is imperative that American citizens become alerted and informed regarding the threat to our welfare, happiness and freedom. No American is worthy of citizenship in this great land who refuses to take an active interest in these important matters. All we hold dear as a great Christian nation is at stake….
“One of our most serious problems is the inferiority complex which people feel when they are not informed and unorganized. They dare not make a decision on these vital issues. They let other people think for them. They stumble around in the middle of the road trying to avoid being “controversial” and get hit by traffic going both ways.
“To the patriots I say this: Take that long eternal look. Stand up for freedom no matter what the cost. It can help to save your soul — and maybe your country….
“The days ahead are sobering and challenging, and will demand the faith, prayers and loyalty of every American…. May God give us the wisdom to recognize the dangers of complacency, the threat to our freedom and the strength to meet this danger courageously.”
The warnings of then-apostle Ezra Taft Benson (who later became President of the Church), as well as those he quotes from Apostle J. Reuben Clark, ought to send chills down the spines of every Latter-Day Saint today, especially those who are American citizens, who ought to take notice that our liberties and freedoms are being trampled on right before our eyes. Since the events that occurred on 9/11/2001, there has been alarming legislation passed that nullifies Constitutional and other protections U.S. citizens have taken for granted. The Patriot Act, NSPD-51, and NDAA are just a few examples, along with the increasing power and unaccountability-to-the- public of Federal agencies such as the TSA and the NSA.
However, there’s something else that demands our attention: President Benson did something unprecedented in his 1972 conference talk that has never been done before nor since in any General Conference (to the best of my knowledge): he recommended a book written by a non-LDS to the entire membership of the Church.
How was this recommendation received? How many LDS do you know that ran out after this conference and bought a copy of Gary Allen’s None Dare Call It Conspiracy? How many LDS do you know who own a copy? How many do you know who have read it? How many LDS do you know who have even heard of this book? Have you heard of it, read it, own a copy of it?
If one looks at the transcript of President Benson’s talk on lds.org (or anywhere else for that matter), this sentence he utters, “And along this line, I would highly recommend to you a new book entitled ’None Dare Call It