I mentioned that they all look the same, act the same and even appear to think the same. Very rarely do you see a confident individual who challenges the norm. That norm being, similar in appearance and thinking. This is anecdotal, but the majority of members I know are staunch Republicans. Heaven forbid if a Democrat is present. Most members love Mitt and despise Obama. It seems as if, the Mormon church, possesses a hive mentality. Is it no wonder, Brother Brigham chose the beehive as the symbol of Utah. Bees follow a central authority's orders without question. Bees have a hive mentality. They all act alike and work together toward the good of the hive. Bees are hard working. The Mormon church advocates and stresses these concepts. The busy members look out and make sure other members are towing the line. It is a sinister technique that forces members to behave the same. It is similar to the Judenrat of World War II.
As far back as 1933, Nazi policy makers had discussed establishing Jewish-led institutions to carry out anti-Jewish policies. The concept was based upon centuries-old practices which were instituted in Germany during the Middle Ages. As the German army swept through Poland and the Soviet Union, it carried out an order of S.S. leader Heydrich to require the local Jewish populace to form Jewish Councils as a liaison between the Jews and the Nazis. These councils of Jewish elders, (Judenrat; plural: Judenräte), were responsible for organizing the orderly deportation to the death camps, for detailing the number and occupations of the Jews in the ghettos, for distributing food and medical supplies, and for communicating the orders of the ghetto Nazi masters. The Nazis enforced these orders on the Judenrat with threats of terror, which were given credence by beatings and executions. As ghetto life settled into a "routine," the Judenrat took on the functions of local government, providing police and fire protection, postal services, sanitation, transportation, food and fuel distribution, and housing, for example.
The Judenrat raised funds to create hospitals, homes for orphans, disinfection stations, and to provide food and clothing to those without.
Jewish leaders were ambivalent about participating in these Judenröte. On the one hand, many viewed these councils as a form of collaboration with the enemy. Others saw these councils as a necessary evil, which would permit Jewish leadership a forum to negotiate for better treatment. In the many cases where Jewish leaders refused to volunteer to serve on the Judenrat, the Germans appointed Jews to serve on a random basis. Some Jews who had no prior history of leadership agreed to serve, hoping that it would improve their chances of survival. Many who served in the Judenrat were arrested, taken to labor camps, or hanged.
When the Nazis required a quota of Jews to participate in forced labor, the Judenrat had the responsibility to meet this demand. Sometimes Jews could avoid forced labor by making a payment to the Judenrat. These payments supplemented the taxes which the Judenrat levied to finance the services provided in the ghettos.
Underground Jewish organizations sprang up in the ghettos to serve as alternatives to the Judenrat, some of which were established with a military component to organize resistance to the Nazis.
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Some Jewish leaders were complicit in the death of their own people. Although in their defense, they didn't have an option. Today, members aren't hunted by modern day Danites, but similar tactics are used in the modern LDS church. Home teaching and visiting teaching are a way that members can check up on fellow participants. PEC and Ward Councils are groups of leaders where concerns about fellow members are discussed and action plans are created. The latest program of "Hastening the Work", is designed to "gently" help disaffected members back into the fold of the church. Even the garment is a way to tell if a member is part of the group.
A blatant example of this process, is the so called "Court of Love". This was recently offered to Kate Kelly and John Dehlin. All these markers and programs are in place to act as a system to keep members active and expose individuality and resistance. Once the exposure is done, the dissidents can be dealt with quickly and smoothly. Shame, humiliation and familial pressures are used to break the individual, causing them to fall in line. A talk at General Conference by L. Tom Perry shows how leadership really looks at the rank and file members. He states:
One day I asked my grandfather how I would know if I was always doing the right thing, given that life presents so many choices. As my grandfather usually did, he answered me with an experience from farm life.
He taught me about breaking in a team of horses so that they would work together. He explained that a team of horses must always know who is in charge. One of the keys to asserting control and directing a horse is a harness and bit. If a member of the team ever believes that it does not need to obey the will of the driver, the team will never pull and work together to maximize their ability.
Now let’s examine the lesson my grandfather taught me using this example. Who is the driver of the team of horses? My grandfather believed it is the Lord. He is the one who has a purpose and a plan. He is also the trainer and builder of the team of horses and, in turn, each individual horse. The driver knows best, and the only way for a horse to know it is always doing the right thing is to be obedient and follow the driver’s lead.
What was my grandfather likening to a harness and bit? I believed then, as I believe now, that my grandfather was teaching me to follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost. In his mind’s eye, the harness and bit were spiritual. An obedient horse which is part of a well-trained team of horses needs little more than a gentle tug from the driver to do exactly what he wants it to do. This gentle tug is equivalent to the still, small voice with which the Lord speaks to us. Out of respect for our agency, it is never a strong, forceful tug.
Who is the driver? Elder Perry states, the Lord. Only according to the church, God equates the church. There is no distinction. Another way to look at it, God equates the Apostles. So in other words, the will of the Apostles and General leadership is the will of God. The horses analogy is the same concept as the beehive. We cannot have any individuality. Individuality destroys cooperation and the goals of the Mormon church. The church is a killer of the individual self and creates a pseudo personality in its place. That pseudo person places the Mormon church above all else, and if he/she tries to break out, safety nets are in place to get them back in line. And those safety nets are the other members and local leaders.
Everything the church employs breaks down individuality. All local leadership positions create a process of "ratting out" those who don't fit the mold. The church's hope is to strip away the old self and make a new person in the mold they defined.