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Passivity isn't patriotism

Karen Noble (Readers' Forum, Oct. 11) and other Mormons are afraid to criticize the president despite his innumerable shortcomings as a leader. If faith without works is dead, then democracy without dissent is futile. Call it freedom of speech, righteous indignation or opposition to tyranny, but dissent is the action that will ensure our continued American way of life in the face of unreasonable or unrighteous authority. To stand passively by believing all is well when it isn't is unpatriotic. Democracy can never be fully exercised or fully appreciated by those too timid to participate in it.

It is completely possible to be a good Mormon and a Democrat. And it is also possible to oppose the president and still support the troops. I've been doing it for years.

David E. Jensen

Holladay