On a day when church members in the United States were celebrating their annual Christmas gathering, a church official in California called out the children in a Christmas radio broadcast to stop calling for a boycott of clothing from the LDS church, because the childrens’ clothing was produced in California.
The call, which was first reported by the Los Angeles Times, came on January 25, during a discussion of the LDS Church’s efforts to counter the influence of “propaganda” on American society.
“We don’t know how many people are going to see this,” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, the Church’s spokesman in the West Midlands, said of the radio broadcast.
“What do you know, maybe it’s not the right time.”
He added, “I would not be surprised if it’s the wrong time.”
The call from Elder Holland comes at a time when the LDS is engaged in a battle with some of its own members over the clothing they buy.
On Monday, the Mormon Church’s headquarters in Salt Lake City released a statement about its efforts to combat the influence on American youth of “pornography,” and it released a series of “educational materials” that were designed to encourage its members to be “aware of pornography” and that they are “not allowed to use pornography to gain a competitive advantage.”
The LDS Church is trying to fight the spread of pornography through education and other initiatives.
The church’s response to the “porno” phenomenon, which includes clothing and other products that glorify sex and violence, has drawn criticism from its own ranks.
In February, a survey of its membership revealed that most Mormons consider the issue of pornography “a serious problem.”
In addition, many of its members believe that the church has a responsibility to fight sexual abuse and the promotion of it.
The LDS church released a press release on Monday calling on its members not to “accept” clothing made in countries where it is banned from operating.
It also called on its followers to reject clothing that glorifies “child pornography.”