Harry Reid RIP

Harry Reid RIP December 29, 2021


a METI event
I might as well use it again, I suppose:  From an event at the Jordanian Embassy a number of years ago, in honor of BYU’s Islamic Translation Series (later, the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative, or METI). From left to right: the late Elder Neal A. Maxwell, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Ambassador Marwan Muasher; Senator and Mrs. Harry Reid; then BYU President Merrill J. Bateman; and some vagrant who must have wandered in off the street

(Photo used courtesy of BYU)


President Monson at the White House
At the White House, President Barack Obama is presented with a history of his family prepared by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. From left to right: Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), unnamed man, President Thomas S. Monson, President Barack Obama, and Elder Dallin H. Oaks. (U.S. Government public domain image)




I think I had only one significant encounter with him.  (It occurred at the event at the Embassy of the Royal Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan that is pictured above.)  I disagreed quite comprehensively with his more striking policy positions and, on more than one occasion, found some of his actions quite morally indefensible.  His hyperpartisanship — notably including his vocal disrespect for President George W. Bush and his baseless and unrepented slander about presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s taxes –surprised and disappointed me.  Still, I heard very good things about him from people who knew him, including even some of his serious political opponents.  I reaped the whirlwind for defending Senator Harry Reid once or twice, and I very was saddened yesterday to hear the news of his death.  Here are a few things about his passing:


CNN:  “Harry Reid, a longtime US senator from Nevada and former Democratic leader, dies at 82”

CNN:  “In pictures: Former US Sen. Harry Reid”

CNN:  “Harry Reid Fast Facts”


Fox News:  “Harry Reid never lost boxer’s edge when dealing with political opponents, reporters: Most major political leaders are multi-faceted, complex figures. Reid was no exception”


Deseret News:  “Former US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Dies: Latter-day Saint was ‘dedicated to his family, his faith and his country'”

The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issues a statement.


Here are a few of the entries that I wrote here on this blog about Senator Reid:


“My brother Harry Reid”

“Reprise: “Harry Reid, My Brother””

“Decent people can disagree. Decently, even. (It happens.)”

“Daniel Peterson, deviationist and heretic”

“An apostle makes a political move”


I hope that this entry will not be met with name-calling and extreme language.  Death and the plan of salvation — and, to me, Church membership and Christian discipleship — are bigger than partisan politics.


Posted from Washington D.C.



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