The handbook’s new additions condemn any “threatening, bullying, degrading, violent, or abusive language or images” posted by members.
Remembering social media commenters Latter-day Saints: Your Church Added Powerful Words General handbook, condemning “intimidating, bullying, demeaning, violent or abusive language or images online.”
There are no exceptions to those who claim to defend The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including users affiliated with @DezNat (or Deseret Nation), who frequently uses rough language and knife and gun drawings to attack church critics or Latter-day Saint progressives.
If online threats “of illegal acts occur,” the new section says, “law enforcement should be contacted immediately.”
Furthermore, members should avoid “all statements that are prejudiced against others,” the new wording said, linking to the handbook. section on prejudiceThis includes prejudice based on race, ethnicity, nationality, tribe, sex, age, disability, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs or unbelief ideology and sexual orientation.”
The updated handbook says Latter-day Saints should share uplifting content and “strive to be Christlike with others at all times, including online, and reflect a sincere respect for all the children of God”.
These latest changes to the handbook were announced on Wednesday in a New information posted.
Other changes mentioned include:
• Removed the policy of requiring the approval of the mission president before baptizing someone who “violated same-sex chastity”.
• Additional statement on what to do when a member embezzles church funds or steals church property.
• The need for stake presidents to counsel together if a couple is guilty of the same “mortal sin” but live in different wards, or associations, or stakes (area) and decide whether membership restrictions should be applied.
• Some people who violate civil or criminal laws need to follow the law and report such problems “when required.”
This story will be updated.
https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2021/12/15/clean-up-your-act-online/ Clean up your act online, church tells Latter-day Saints