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“If we have the truth, [it] cannot be harmed by investigation. If we have not the truth, it ought to be harmed.”
– J. Reuben Clark, leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Can’t let this go without comment.
“Here we find what might be called the seamier side of J. Reuben Clark. I shall focus on just two groups, the Jews and the blacks.”
If he didn’t have the truth, his views ought to be harmed by evidence and arguments, according to his own statement. The principle is good, even if he may not have applied it consistently or thoroughly or adequately.
No “if” about it. He didn’t have the truth, and his views were indeed harmed. Although, the majority of LDS leaders of his generation were in the same boat. The application of the principle was selective.
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