I have noticed something when the media cover the Church.
They will, whether through ignorance or purposely, make basic mistakes about things with the church. I could not imagine a quality newspaper not knowing or at least looking up say a quote from the Talmud or Koran.
This happened again in the last day. Paul Hinman, a Mormon from southern Alberta was voted in recently in a by-election. With the win Hinman returns to the Alberta provincial Legislature for a second time.
Well in the article they said he had a quote:
Hinman told me he got it in 1978 when he was on his Mormon mission in the Philippines. He used it when he was sworn in after his first election victory in 2004 and placed his hand on it again today.
“It’s always been near and dear to me,” he said. “And it’s traveled a lot of miles with me.”
It features a map of the Philippines on the back. On the front is a picture of Jesus and the words “The Glory of God is Intelligence,” a quote from the Book of Mormon.
However the quote comes from the Doctrine and Covenants:
93:36 - The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.
In a way it makes me sad because while it is not a big issue, and the article was nice, it is a basic mistake. I was listening to Hinman talk about it and I am sure it was not his fault that the reporter had the wrong book.
I think a Google search could have sorted it out.
It makes me wonder how often they get things wrong for other religious groups.
To tell the truth I know the reporter and I like him. He probably just made an honest mistake but this is obviously not the first time this has happened, considering the Church public affairs department has a news room dedicated to making similar corrections on articles about the church.
Anyway just a note from the field.