Flunking Sainthood

Flunking Sainthood


Why Are Mormons the Third-Most-Hated Religious Group in America?

posted by Jana Riess

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Everyone is talking about the sociology of religion doorstopper American Grace by David Campbell and Bowling Alone author Robert D. Putnam. I read it this summer and am re-reading parts of it now. It’s a great book that will be fodder for several future blog posts about various demographic trends in American religion. The question I want to consider today is how much Mormons are still hated, despite the strong assimilationist trends of the last sixty years.

Islam tops the list as the most-disliked religion in America, which is not surprising; Buddhism comes in second, which is. The researchers felt that Buddhists scored so low because few Americans actually know a Buddhist (or realize that they already know a Buddhist). However, the researchers then note that Jews, who are also a distinct minority, came out on top in terms of how other religious groups regard them, so small size does not totally explain unpopularity.

The bottom line for Mormons, the authors say? “Mormons like everyone else, while almost everyone else dislikes Mormons.” The only fellow religious group to give Mormons a “net positive” rating was the Jews. (This is interesting, considering the anger many Jews have expressed about Holocaust baptisms, a detail the authors don’t discuss. And incidentally, check out this great new Mormon-Jewish blog at J Weekly.)


Three key findings:

Evangelicals don’t like us. In 2008, when Mitt Romney was running for president, “the same percentage of Americans told pollsters they would not vote for a Mormon presidential candidate as had said the same about a Catholic candidate in 1960.” Even worse news for Romney: those numbers had not improved since his dad ran for president forty years before. Among evangelicals, more than half said they would have a problem with a Mormon being president, and only 46% reported having a positive image of Mormons.

Secular Americans don’t like us. Unaffiliated Americans–the rapidly growing population that claims no religion–dislike Mormons even more than evangelicals. Only 45% of those surveyed reported having a warm feeling toward the Latter-day Saints.

We really, really like ourselves. Mormons ranked highest in “in-group attachment,” a finding the researchers felt was surprising, especially since three of the other groups that made the top five–Jews, Catholics, and Black Protestants–have their bonds cemented by a shared ethnicity. About 85% of Mormons say they feel a great warmth toward their own tribe.

The key to future acceptance and understanding, the authors suggest, lies in what they call “bridging”: assimilation into the broader culture. It’s easier to hate and demonize a “they” that lives primarily in Utah, goes to Mormon-dominant universities, and stays within its own religious enclave of friends and family. What breaks down religious barriers is personal contact at work, school, and neighborhood gatherings. This is why the LDS Church’s new “And I’m a Mormon” PR campaign is a fine idea, insofar as it goes.

But according to sociologist Armand Mauss, Mormons have already been on a basic trajectory of assimilation for more than sixty years, so the answer clearly isn’t merely building personal bridges. Despite such bridges, Mormons remain universally disliked. It’s partly about theology; evangelicals are still upset about some Mormon teachings. But it’s also likely about conservative politics and same-sex marriage, two issues where the religiously unaffiliated come down on the opposite side of most Latter-day Saints.

I’ve blogged before about why I wish the LDS Church would reconsider its stance on homosexuality, so I won’t belabor that point here. And if the Church does ever reconsider, I hope it will do so because of the justice demands of Christian theology, and not the popularity whims of a sociological survey.

But here’s something that all Mormons can do, and it doesn’t involve politics: it would help if we stopped regarding ourselves as the finest people on the planet. We ought to take a long, hard look at the fact that we voted our own group tops in this research. It’s one thing to be proud of our religious group and its teachings, but it’s another thing entirely to communicate, as many Mormons seem to, that we feel we have a monopoly on religious truth and strong families. A dose of humility is in order here.



  • kenneth

    If it makes you feel any better, I hate Catholicism and most stripes of evangelicals more…..

  • Grumpy Old Person

    Why are the Mormons “hated”? (Not that I agree, but …)
    Could it possibly haved something to do with Prop H8?
    In fact, why do people of any religion feel they have the right to butt into other people’s lives so very much in America?

  • http://annmjohnson.wordpress.com Course Correction

    I have been surprised recently when asking non-Mormon friends for feedback on a novel I’m writing with a Mormon setting. My novel is not of the “faith-promoting” genre,but when I’ve pressed for honest feedback, most tell me they would not read a book about Mormons unless the Mormon characters solve their problems by leaving their church. These friends who have lived in Utah see absoltely nothing positive about Mormonism.

  • http://www.faithpromotingrumor.com/2010/12/the-feeling-thermometer-or-everyone-dislikes-mormons/ BHodges

    I’m all for doses of humility. It should also be pointed out that Mormons ranked very high in acknowledging truth in other religions (although the survey didn’t delve into what sorts of things Mormons saw as true in other religions). Mormons ranked highest (IIRC) in regarding their religion as *the* true religion, but also highest in regarding everyone else as likely to be ultimately “saved” for lack of a more Mormon word.
    I think some Mormons might look at the numbers and feel like they are strongly disliked because they have the truth, that is, that opposition is evidence of truth. So in that regard, here’s my little sermon. It bears repeating that criticism of the Church does not validate its truth claims. Granted, the feeling that one is right based on evidence of opposition from others isn’t confined to Mormons, it has been embraced in various contexts by various parties. Further, Church teachings “oppose” various things but this opposition isn’t considered evidence of the “truth” of those things.
    While I believe that truth can be (and perhaps often is) opposed loudly, I don’t view opposition in and of itself as proof for truth. Else, whenever I openly or strongly opposed something I would only be confirming its truth. Perhaps most importantly, to read opposition as a confirmation of truth can lead to overlooking ones own part in eliciting negative feedback.

  • http://www.jillcarroll.com Dr. Jill Carroll

    Interesting piece and research.
    One explanation offered by one of my colleagues at Boston University is the phenomenon he calls the fear of the “near Other”. In short, it’s easier to feel ok about or tolerant of people who believe completely differently than you than it is to be ok with those who believe very much like you on most points of doctrine, EXCEPT for one or two main points. Hence, they are “other” but “near” to your views – and this creates anxiety, fear, etc. It counts, in Freudian terms, as a form of the “uncanny”.
    So – evangelical Christians see Mormons as the “near Other” – conservative, family oriented, traditional values, scripture based, using Jesus language, etc. – BUT – different views of Jesus, different scriptures, etc.
    It’s the same in the Muslim community with the mainline Sunni or Shi’ite groups, on the one hand, with the Bahai or the Amadiyya on the other – very similar, but on one or two main issues they diverge.
    Anyway……I’ve always found this phenomenon interesting and able to explain perhaps one piece of the puzzle (certainly not all of it).

  • nnmns

    I suspect JC’s post has come close to the mark. Evangelicals and others may see Mormonism as more of a threat because they look and act so much like “Christians” but are not. And of course they proselytize; only Christians are supposed to be able to proselytize, and then definitely not to one’s own group of Christians!
    A reason to fear them is the power they showed on the Prop 8 issue, and the stance they took. Obviously they are willing to take rights away from other Americans and to put money and effort into doing so. That is not being good Americans, though it’s way too common for groups of Americans to do it.

  • Jana Riess

    Dr. Jill — yes, that is it exactly. I have no analysis or sociological research to back up this idea of the danger of the “near other,” but here is a great joke I heard that rings totally true:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2005/sep/29/comedy.religion

  • http://ckbigelow.blogspot.com Christopher Bigelow

    Another possible reason, from a believing Mormon perspective, is that the devil and his ilk are certainly turning hearts and minds against Mormons whenever and however possible. All humans are subject to evil suggestion, and many choose to believe and act upon false ideas fed to them through whatever channel, whether through other people or through spiritual impressions from demonic sources.

  • Martin Crapo

    Let’s begin with fact: There are more Mormons outside the US (let alone Utah) than are in the US. Let’s continue with debate: Christianity does not demand acceptance of Same sex Marriage. Mormons love their Homosexual Brothers and Sisters. To not accept same sex marriage is not to not tolerate Homosexuals. Partisanship in society is in essence the dialog. We don’t all have to agree on everything to love one another. No one has ever answered sufficiently my question, that is why were most of us born with sex-determining plumbing and features? Are we not all here (in part) to pro-create? I know, we would all like to think that we are all here just for fun and recreation. Fun is good; pro-creation, is essential.

  • Raymond Takashi Swenson

    Another way to look at the data is to conclude that more Mormons (as a percentage) have adopted the teaching of Christ to love not only their friends but also their enemies, while many other people in society, including those who claim to be exemplary Christians, have failed in following the teachings of the Christ.
    I recall that a coouple of years ago, when it was reported that the Southern Baptist Convention had lost net membership over a year’s time, a leader of the SBC quoted in the Atlanta newspaper offered as an explanation that Baptists have a reputation for being judgmental of others, and the SBC had to overcome that handicap if it wanted to reestablish itself on a growth trend.
    Is it thus possible that the fact that Mormons are held in such low esteem by their Christian brothers and sisters means that many of those Christians are falling down in meeting one of the criteria that Christ established for his chosen people: that they treat each person, even the least, as if they were Christ.

  • nnmns

    Interesting that RTS here complains about people not loving Mormons but has no problem with Mormons not loving homosexuals.
    As for the procreation red herring, lots of people marry without procreating and lots of married people raise their children and stop procreating and no one tells them to divorce. But it’s ok to tell homosexuals they can’t marry with the excuse they aren’t procreating.
    Hypocrisy all around. Historically marriage was about managing and retaining wealth, and homosexuals have that need as much as anyone. And with society’s rules marriage is about health care availability and other things homosexuals need as much as anyone. And marriage is handy for procreation but even more it’s handy for a committed relationship. And homosexuals need those as much as anyone.
    So to deny marriage to homosexuals is a sign of hate, not love.

  • http://larryogan.com Larry Ogan

    In my experience most people I meet have a good impression of the Mormons they have interacted with in their past. They appreciate our friendliness, helpfulness and commitment to family. But, when it comes to our doctrine and beliefs they are usually not interested in engaging in that discussion. Above, the lists of most hated religions reads Islam, Buddhism and Mormons not Mormonism. Leaving Utah out of the mix with their peculiar culture, is it our belief system or us as a people that are hated? Should the list read Muslims, Buddhist and Mormons? I do agree that our humility can be problematic with phrases like “the only true church” comment. I prefer “We have the fullness of the Gospel”. By expressing that idea we do not deny their Truth and President Hinckley once said this opens the avenue to offer to provide them additional information to add to their Truth. Anyone who is believer in any religion and has taken the time to actually read the Book of Mormon usually find no fault in its content. They seem to take exception to the gold plates and Joseph Smith’s revelations. Who knows what revelations will come from God in the near future but I’m ever hopeful.

  • http://www.bookofmormonnotes.wordpress.com grego

    Why?
    1. It’s polarizing–in what it is, what it stands for, and in those who live accordingly. No fornication, no adultery, no alcohol, no coffee, tithing… (Anything else fun that can’t be done without breaking God’s commandment?) In contrast, as my Jewish friend basically said about most Jews, “God doesn’t have to do much with our lives, and especially any commandments. We are our own gods.”
    2. Ministers and religions actively rail against it, most likely because it’s one of the very few churches that has missionaries, especially called ones, that actively convert others. I’ve heard this a few times from second-hand witnesses and seen it on fliers, just in our area.
    3. It’s unknown.
    4. It has some interesting things in its history that are not boring and not far removed from the general public (for example, compare “Blacks and the priesthood” vs. “burning someone at the stake for being a witch”, or “blood atonement” vs. “foreordination in Calvanism”, or “men on the moon” vs. “transubstantiation”, etc.)
    5. It’s easy and in vogue to laugh at/ mock/ etc., especially after #1, #2, #3, and #4.
    6. It’s surprisingly… uncomfortable because… good, nice, seemingly smart people believe it and it might actually… be true.
    7. And yet, sometimes those people seem very irrational and not together in the way they believe and live it (not exactly the Christ-like life for some), and/ or different than what *others* imagine a Christ-like life *should* be like for many (homosexuality, etc.).
    Unfortunately for most at this time, all that means “bad”.
    Is it because LDS believe they are the true church, the true religion? Um, don’t about all religions/ churches believe that?? If that’s not it, what else is it about “we are the true church” that’s the problem? I’d be interested in knowing. Perhaps there is a condescending feeling, a threatened feeling, or a “no need to tell everyone” feeling involved?
    -=
    But seriously… how rigorous is the “most-disliked religion” survey? Buddhists (Kung Fu with David Carradine, Karate Kid, Bullet Proof, 2012, Dalai Lama, all the well-behaved Asian principal roll students, etc.) beat out Jehovah’s Witnesses, televangelists, Mormons, etc.??!! That’s a big bite for me to swallow…

  • nnmns

    Yes, televangelists should be atop anyone’s list of People We’d Be Better Off Without.

  • http://latterdaymainstreet.com Hellmut

    I am not sure that building personal bridges will help. Didn’t Gary Lawrence find that the better Americans knew Mormons, the less they liked us?
    That makes sense to me. We always have an agenda when we approach non-members. We are very friendly to them as long as there is a chance that they might convert. When they choose otherwise, we are not so friendly anymore.
    And if that happens in Utah, your children will now be labeled a bad influence.
    Then there is the whole “milk before meat” thing, which means that we are routinely lying to non-Mormons in the name of God. We are so eager to make our Church appear in the best light, we will be dishonest in a jiffy and don’t even notice it anymore.
    Well, our “friends” aren’t stupid. They are picking up on those patterns.
    If we really want to be respected, we need to treat non-Mormons better. Otherwise “bridge building,” which is just another agenda anyways, will only be counterproductive.

  • TheTruth

    Don’t know that Mormons are so hated as the title of this topic suggests. More correctly, it is the hypocrisy of that religion that is so hated by many people. For example, while Mormons proclaim themselves to be good Christians in their usual holier-than-thou fashion, no state in the USA uses pornography more than do people in that state. Mormons are noted for using profanities and for their racial hate of blacks or other minorities. They blindly adhere to the archaic and useless ideas of the Republican party. While Jesus said to love thy neighbor, Mormons all too often prefer to hate their neighbors. Jesus said those who take up arms shall die by them. But that never stopped Mormons from enlisting in the military and killing people.
    Why do people hate Mormonism? Easy ~ too much hypocrisy in that religion.

  • WJ

    “But here’s something that all Mormons can do, and it doesn’t involve politics: it would help if we stopped regarding ourselves as the finest people on the planet. We ought to take a long, hard look at the fact that we voted our own group tops in this research.”
    I think this is why blogs have become such a potent outlet for disaffected members of the church: it provides an easy forum for members to generate animosity towards one another.
    I find the suggestion that Mormons should stop regarding one another so highly as rather odd and senseless. How does disliking one another serve us better, whether it be furthering the purposes for which the church was established or for simply making Mormons’ lives more pleasant? There is no reason we can’t have high regard for our own while cultivating respect and kinship with members from other groups. To contend that we will have made progress when we like each other less seems a little off the mark.

  • Troy Stott

    The Real Truth
    Mormons are known for using profanities…
    Racial hate of blacks and minorities…
    Mormons hate their neighbors…
    Is this some official consensus? There are nearly 14 million Mormons around the world and this poster (poser) thinks he’s got them all figured out. I really don’t think it’s valid, not even close.

  • Eliza R. Snitch

    As a disaffected Mormon in a love/hate relationship with my people, I would have to say that the one thing that bothers me most about Mormonism is the lack of introspection and self-examination. It never occurs to them that they might be wrong. It rarely occurs to them that they might be hurting people (Prop 8, policy on homosexuality, ERA, blacks and priesthood, misogyny). People who dare to question the leadership’s judgment are seen as dangerous apostates who have been deceived by Satan. They are so certain that they have the truth, that they aren’t interested in any other point of view, and in fact consider other points of view to be wicked, or at the very least misguided. I would have a lot less problems with Mormonism if it didn’t encourage people to be arrogant about how their beliefs and their way of life are the best.
    And by the way, not every religion thinks that it is the one true religion, and not every church claims to be the one true church.

  • Jason (Orthodox Jew)

    In contrast, as my Jewish friend basically said about most Jews, “God doesn’t have to do much with our lives, and especially any commandments. We are our own gods.”
    This is the saddest thing I have ever read. Judaism teaches that there is a balance that the higher a potential one way, the higher the other. That statement explains why so much is wrong with America. It is not surprising that Jews are leading our country down that dark path, just like it’s not surprising that many Jews are leading the USA on the correct path. Judaism at its core is about a relationship between G-D and humanity and the role that humans (both Jew and non-Jew) have in finishing creation. Rabbi’s will tell you that the men of the Great assembly (2nd Temple Period) prayed to G-D that the temptation for idol worship be eliminated (to keep the balance that is why prophecy ended then to) but the statement of “We are our own G-Ds” makes me think they didn’t complete their task.
    Jason

  • http://postmormon.org Dogger Dog

    I’m a resigned member, quite disgusted with the church, and yet I think the first poster’s remarks are way off, unfounded, and totally unfair. Yes, there’s a thick layer of hypocrisy in the LDS church (with its ever elusively changing stance/doctrine/history), but that’s not why the public at large hates it. Hell, our own government has re-written its own history countless times (Abraham Lincoln, anyone?) They hate it because they don’t UNDERSTAND it. It’s the same with the Buddhism thing – what’s there to hate about that? It’s one of the most pacifist faiths in existence. The only Buddhist people know is Richard Gere, and he’s pretty harmless. Going back to misunderstanding – that’s what engenders such a strong reaction in people. Is it warranted? Probably not, but the LDS church has backed itself into a corner by changing its stance on things, and in the information age, it can’t hide anymore. The future will be interesting to say the least, as its numbers continue to dwindle (most that growth in the post-internet world is organic, from the growth analyses I’ve seen).

  • http://www.bookofmormonnotes.wordpress.com grego

    Jason and all,
    Just to clarify, I didn’t want to make him a symbol of all Jews and their beliefs with that comment–he was sharing his view with me. I know there are different major camps in Judaism, and even in the last (furthest from “tradition”)–the one he put himself in–there are differences. (Not that he was a horrible guy, either. ;) )

  • pat Grimm

    Once again religion is proving to be the enemy of God as it was during Jesus’ ministry. The only time that Jesus became angry was with the ruling religious power. All religion is a smokescreen to keep people AWAY from God, not to Him. People hate the Mormons? What about the Roman Catholics who in their history have killed, supported terror regimes, taken people’s money and never offered their flock the Holy Bible? All religions fall short of the grace of God. The Mormons stand out because they are arrogant enough to have made up their own story about God, and have ignored His holy Word. Do not let anyone, including a Mormon tell you that they believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, they believe that He is an angel just as the Jehovah Witnesses do, now that’s ANOTHER strange group. All we need to know is that God sent His only Son to save us and love us, all else is but dirty rags.

  • Gary Mac

    All religions AND denominations, have their laws to govern their gods. Doesn’t matter if one is a Catholic, Baptist, Jehovah’s Witness, Mormon, you name it, all of these govern their gods by law making their gods what they want him to be or not be. The difference in these and one who is in Christ is, if one has Gods Spirit residing in him as Jesus had Gods Spirit in him then we are conformed into His image and are as Jesus was: He in you and you in Him become one and all those laws designated to those religions are fulfilled and no longer under those tutorials. The KJV calls them schoolmaster and in Christ we are no longer under these regulations for your gods. Gal. 3:24-25.
    The reason people cannot agree about the Christ if spawn form these religions where opinions differ. But one thing is certain if one has what Jesus had then he will no longer be a part of any of these and become a witness for God as Jesus was witness of Him. All these denominations are only a witness to their laws for tradition formed to make their god what they want Him to be instead of following the way of Christ and be one with the Father. Christ in YOU is your hope of glory and we all know that Christ simply means for you to be anointed of God, the anointed one.
    Col. 1:26. Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
    27. To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
    28. Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
    That perfection is a commandment not a request and there is much to be said about Him perfecting YOU just as Jesus was perfected by Him the same.
    Mat 5: 48. Be ye therefore perfect, even as you’re Father which is in heaven is perfect.
    Most religions do not believe they can be perfect because their laws state otherwise contrary to the Christ.

  • Your Name

    The reason mormons are hated is that they will not compumise there believes to be like other religions and they should not because god doesnot change because one thing they have a better way and a sin is a sin and to justifly it is a sin to.

  • http://flippethedolphin flipperthedolphin

    Having some members of my family spend many years in the U.S, and having an American sister-in-law, my older brother, niece and nephew spend many years in Salt Lake City, and despite being a Christian, obviously, I’m acquainted quite well with Mormonism, and despite their, at times random beliefs, they are really nice people.
    Once one religious group(and sad to say, this includes some Christians(as much as I’m passionate about being one), start to claim “EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO THE TRUTH”, this is when religion can become ugly. Even I have to at times be careful about that, as no-one group has all the answers. We are all on a journey.
    Of all the religions in the world, their is only one true one, and that is compassion. flipperthedolphin

  • shannon

    My son recently joined the Morman church. It has been an interesting road for him and I. It had made me look into my denomination more and what we believe. There are still things for him that he questions. I am just glad that he has found something that he can hold onto. We both agree that both denominations believe in God and Jesus and are taught to live good live. Isn’t that what it is all about?

  • Shirley

    what I don’t like is criticizing people’s religious beliefs, who are we to tell people what they should believe spiritually. However, Islam is trying to take over the world the ideology is like Hitler’s regimen. Everyone can have their own opinion but keep it to yourself. we have enough hatred in this world I think the Moslem & Jew are the most hated. Mormons stick to themselves & don’t bother anyone

  • warren

    If anybody including Mormons really looked into the background of Mormonism they would discover that the Mormon religion is in fact a CULT. It is not Christianity in any shape or form. In fact the museum of American History has a document for anyone who would inquire Denying any geological claims that the Mormons have made reguarding their history. the question is How could anybody be so gullable to follow Mormonism. See the movie “the Godmakers” or contact Saints Alive ( an org. of EX-mormons who were shown the truth.

  • G Jones

    I studies Mormonism and love my neighbors who are Mormon. They are very respectful, hardworking, and gentle people. They love their kids and community. Great People!!!

  • Amayo

    Warren… I don’t understand your comment “It is not Christianity in any shape or form.” What is your definition of Christianity? To me, its someone who follows the teaching of Jesus Christ… and the church is called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. His name is on the church…and if you’ve ever been to a church service or read the Book of Mormon, you would know that its all about following Christ. And about your geological claims… you may want to check the updates. Each year science and geologists find more and more proof that the Book of Mormon is accurate… many of them don’t want to admit it, but they are about the facts and can’t deny it. You should look up the movie “Journeys of Faith”… it show much of the science about it. And the book “Evidence of The Book Of Mormon”. It never makes sense to only look at one side of something and claim to understand it… so I encourage you to do more research before you make such bold claims.

  • Truthy Ruthy

    The Bible states that Jesus is God’s ONLY begotten son, but Mormons say that Lucifer is Jesus’ brother. That’s enough for me to shun Mormons.

  • J Vincent

    How many of you are so closed minded. Do we think that Heavenly Father is done with his creation and why does a certain religion want to hide the truth. And thay afraid what they are doing. How much of the word of God has been changed or not printed because a certain religion wants control. Open your minds up. God is not done and has more coming. If we can not believe that Joseph Smith had been visited by an angel then how are we to believe that anything else in the Holy Scriptures is real? Wake up people. I grew up around a family who are LDS. They tried and tried to have me join the church. It took years and I am now LDS. And I did it on my own time after praying and asking for guidance. But I did it on my time, and I am not a member of a cult. God is great and his Son Jesus Christ is my savior. God bless all of you. I am praying for you. God loves you and I love you.

  • Stan Parker

    Any “religion” that can trace its roots to one human (Smith) (Jones), etc. is a CULT. If you have ever been to Salt Lake City or Bountiful, Utah, you will find the people are weird in the sense that they all appear to be fake in their dialog and appearance.
    Their belief that they will all be “gods” someday separated me from them quickly and completely. They are rich and appear to be friendly, but when you see what goes on within their religious circles, it will send a shiver up your spine. Stay away from them. The facts speak for themselves.

  • http://bdbs.co Shala

    Interesting comments! I am a very proud Mormon. That said, I realize that the world is filled with wonderful people who love the Lord and their families and they are not Mormon. There are many Mormons who live a sheltered life in Utah, but there are many of us that see the good in many religions. Mormons are like all people, you will find narrow minded, covenant breaking people in all religions, not just Mormonism. I wish it was different, but we are all human. Many people out there have made judgements about Mormons from a negative standpoint only and that is wrong as Amayo has said. I am open enough to look at other religions with an open mind, those of you who are so narrow minded as to think we are a cult should open up and study the whole truth. I have a firm testimony of Mormonism as I have a firm belief that many non-mormons live better lives than many Mormons and that many religions have a great deal of good in them.

  • Charles

    If we can elect a muslim then we could elecet a mormon

  • Kedric

    As an “unaffiliated” like those mentioned in the article, let me clarify why we (or perhaps just I) dislike Evangelicals and Mormons. It’s simple: aggressive proselytizing. Most unaffiliated Americans were not raised that way, it was a journey of great pain and soul searching to reject the beliefs they grew up with. For many it has meant alienation from their families. Unaffiliated people, agnostics, and athiests, do not want you to try and convince us you’re right. You won’t. The only way we’ll ever accept your ideas, is if we see the truth of it on our own. We are people who have been hurt, and your aggressive attempts to convert people sting the unhealed pain of our own spiritual struggles.

  • Gary Lovgren

    Please unsubscribe me from your network.
    Thank you
    Gary

  • Bj

    As a convert to Mormonism 10 years ago I can say that just like any religion, we should be focusing on our faith and love of Christ. Too many people loose faith, or falter and blame it on the people. I was Baptist before converting, and I can say that other religions think Mormons are satan’s spawn! Yet we love All people, and know that all will be in a degree of heaven SOMEDAY.

  • Rosemarie

    Fear and ignorance create an atmosphere and environment for hatred, discrimination and malice. Religion is an attempt to have a structured belief in God, spirituality is an individual relationship with God. The Mormons are no different than most in regards to famil and values. Like many religious beliefs and organizations, the extremism and lack of tolerance creates distance and isolation for those that don’t totally conform. As the mother of a son who has converted? to Mormonism, I am careful to learn more about the beliefs and rituals and how that will affect my son and grandchildren. I believe in God, not a man who is deemed equal to God as the Mormons or some of the questionally racial and discriminatory beliefs that are a basis for their faith. I appauld Mormonism’s approach to some family values, however, their sociocultural and sociopolitical institutions and beliefs also harbor and maintain subtle levels of racism,sexism, prejudice and discrimination as all institutional systems in our society overall. I believe we all benefit if we are open to learning and embrace change.

  • Jack West

    Charles, Obama isn’t a muslim: he was a Christian in the United Church of Christ.If the Mormons are a cult(which I disagree with), they sure do sing good.

  • Alan Beavers

    I lived among the mormons in Utah and I learned a few things about in the13 yrs. I lived there. For one thing they prejudice against the black people in their church, meaning they can’t hold any major office.
    Also for the major part if your not mormon they frown on you. Also in their teachings they say they believe in the Bible, but yet their book of mormon that go against the teachings of the Bible. Which is what most religions do. But to me GOD and JESUS is not a religion, it’s about a relationship. Read James 1:27 to find out what true religion is all about. Then read John 14:6 and it will tell you what JESUS who and what JESUS is about.

  • Michigan Dave

    Mormonism is considered a cult because it denies the essential, orthodox teachings of the Bible: The nature of God, Justification (saved by faith alone, through grace alone, in Christ alone), etc. Joseph Smith was a false prophet. Mormonism is also a polytheistic religion (belief in many gods), while Christianity is monotheistic (belief in one God). These simple facts alone separate Mormonism from orthodox Christianity forever!

  • Your Name Jennifer

    To Michigan Dave-
    I was a Mormon for 15 years, and I must have missed all the other God’s you say Mormon’s believe in. God is God and He is the only one. So when you say Mormonism is a polytheistic religion, I think you need to research some more. Thank you.

  • Glenn

    The Mormons, strictly speaking as a people are incredible folks. Very loving and generous. Extremely family and community oriented. However In MY opinion they were led astray by human leadership back in the 1800′s. First by Joseph Smith who was jailed for many crimes including burning down a Chicago newspaper that wrote a bad article about him. Joe Smith claims to have been given the “Book of Mormon”by an Archangel
    and this is where they started to wander off the Christian road. Does this make them bad people? No, not at all. Many of us have been misinformed and led astray by something or someone in our lives, some like me a LOT of times! They have done a really good job in assimilating into the mainstream culture, occasionally one of their “fringe” groups causes them a lot of embarrassment and problems but those groups, Thankfully, are very few and dwindling.

  • Anja Smith

    hismin@xmission.com is an excellent site as to Mormonism.

  • Laie Techie

    Alan Beavers, you show ignorance in your comments. There is nothing in LdS theology or doctrine which would prevent a Black from being called to the highest positions. Some of our General Authorities already are Black. When a Black man is called to the Apostleship it won’t have anything to do with race.

  • Tomara Carter

    @Laie Techie. The LDS doctrine of today doesn’t prevent or discriminate against Blacks obtaining the priesthood,. Do a little more research…it’s there. Matter of fact…here’s a start for you:
    “Now WE ARE GENEROUS WITH THE NEGRO. WE ARE WILLING that the Negro have the highest kind of education. I WOULD BE WILLING to LET every Negro DRIVE A CADILLAC IF THEY COULD AFFORD IT. I WOULD BE WILLING that they have all the advantages they can get out of life in the world. BUT LET THEM ENJOY THESE THINGS AMONG THEMSELVES.” LDS “Apostle” Mark E. Petersen
    “THE NEGROES ARE NOT EQUAL WITH OTHER RACES where the receipt of certain spiritual blessings are concerned, …but this inequality is not of man’s origin. IT IS THE LORD’S DOING, is based on his eternal laws of justice, and grows out of the LACK OF SPIRITUAL VALIANCE OF THOSE CONCERNED IN THEIR FIRST ESTATE [the Mormon pre-existence].” LDS “Apostle” Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 527 – 528, 1966 edition
    “…[T]hrough their INDIFFERENCE or LACK OF INTEGRITY TO RIGHTEOUSNESS, [blacks] rendered themselves UNWORTHY of the Priesthood and its powers….” LDS “Historian” B. H. Roberts, The Contributor, vol. 6, pp. 296-297
    “You see some classes of the human family that are BLACK, UNCOUTH, UNCOMELY, DISAGREEABLE and LOW in their habits, WILD, and seemingly DEPRIVED OF NEARLY ALL THE BLESSINGS OF THE INTELLIGENCE that is generally bestowed upon mankind. The first man that committed the odious crime of killing one of his brethren will be cursed the longest of any one of the children of Adam. Cain slew his brother. Cain might have been KILLED, and THAT WOULD HAVE PUT A TERMINATION TO THAT LINE OF HUMAN BEINGS. This was not to be, and the Lord put A MARK upon him, which is THE FLAT NOSE AND BLACK SKIN. Trace mankind down to after the flood, and then another curse is pronounced upon the same race — that they should be the “servants of servants;” and they will be, until that curse is removed; and the Abolitionists cannot help it, nor in the least alter that decree.” LDS “Prophet” Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 7, p. 290, 1859

  • Jazene

    For this to be a Christian web site and after reading some of the comments written by you people I find that their are not too many Christians who read this. If it were you would all realize that it is not the “Mormans” that are disliked but their beliefs. If you all read the bible than you would know that homosexuality is wrong in GOD’s eyes. This has nothing to do with the Morman religion again it falls to what they teach and what they believe in. That is just another one of the things that you people are saying and tying in with this religion which is probably why bible beliving Christians do not agree with the Morman religion. I know Morman people and yes they are a giving people but if they believe and teach hoomsexuality then they are teaching wrong period.

  • JL Fuller

    I am amazed at how much misinformation is passed on as truth from non-Mormon, but otherwise religious people, when it comes to Mormon theology and history. May I suggest the best place, in fact the only places, to learn about LDS theology is from Mormon sources. There are several excellent places to go on the web. I suggest http://www.LDS.org, http://maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/, http://www.fairlds.org/ are three. I think you will find Mormons are very open and willing to discuss just about everything.

  • JL Fuller

    What makes Mormons so different from other Christians? First off we are not Trinitarians. That alone sets the stage for some serious disagreement. Next, LDS theology says the bible is but one of four accepted canonized sources for God’s word. Next, we believe God has once again called prophets and apostles and speaks to his children through them just as in ancient times. That means the holy record is not closed. If these things do not raise the ire of some then our history does, namely plural marriage, an old testament practice that was briefly practiced by early Mormons. It was stopped in 1890 but several non-Mormon sects continue to practice it. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the official name of the church) does not.
    Maybe the most egregious thing todays Mormons do, according to some, is proselytize among other Christians and the general population. Among traditional Christians this is a no no and is called sheep stealing. In order to counter the high conversation rates, some traditional Churches and their pastors have taken to demonizing Mormons. Of course there are a lot of other reasons you will read about but I think these are the usual problems many traditional, historical or Creedal Christians have with us.

  • JL Fuller

    Blacks and the priesthood is one of those aspects of our history that has been troubling even for Mormons. The truth is, many of our church leaders recognized that fact early on but were prohibited from making worthy black men priesthood holders until 1979. The reason was never officially given. Many personal opinions were expressed by some leaders but they were just that – opinions, not doctrine. That is what you read above in Tomara Carter’s post. One other thing, the Journal of Discourses was not an official Church publication. The priesthood is available to all worthy males.

  • JL Fuller

    It may be hard for some people to accept but even LDS Church leaders are allowed personal opinions. However they are not official Church doctrine. Even the Brigham Young was entitled to his own views. One particular trait about Brigham was his use of hyperbole and when the two were combined certainly made for some interesting reading. I think that is where a lot of the misunderstanding about Brigham comes from.

  • JRiley

    Mormonism holds to a belief that Jesus was a created by God. This is totally offensive to the Christian belief affirmed in the 4th century that Jesus is begotten to created. This is not a question of liking a Mormon as a person, it is a case of disliking it is as a belief. I can like a friend or co-worker as a Mormon and totally disagree with his or her beliefs.
    One of the areas that is very frustrating about the Mormons is their evangelism that tells you in the beginning that they are just another group of Christians similar to the Baptists. Nothing could be further from the truth. They give away the KJV Bible to further confuse those who don’t know more about the Mormons.
    They also hide the fact that there are 3 levels of reward in Mormonism. The highest level is that you get your own planet and you and your spouse make spiritual babies and you are the “Jesus” or god of that planet.
    Bottom line, Mormons are different. I can like them and totally dislike their beliefs.

  • JRiley

    Typo above – Correction – Jesus is begotten Not created is the traditional Christian view

  • Melly

    The reason why I think a lot of people dislike Mormons, it’s because they put a lot more emphasis on the worship of Joseph Smith and not on Jesus Christ. They really should re name themselves as the Church of Joseph Smith..
    Another reason is all the odd “guidelines” they have that other religions do not. Such as wearing “modest” clothing. Even a tank top is considered inappropriate. Drinking caffine, dating before 16, going to see R rated movies, also their strict values for wifes to be caretakers and take care of the household.
    The last reason, I think is because the religion is barely 200 years old. Joseph Smith had a small group of followers in the late 1820s and it evolved from there. They though of him as a phophet because an angel had come to him with golden plates that had inscriptures contaning relgious history of ancient American peoples which is absurd because it would be the beliefs of American Indians he “translated”. America was barely a country then.
    If someone would have done that nowadays, we would lock him/her up in the looney bin and say they were a cult leader..

  • Melly

    @JL Fuller
    The reason why the church prohibited a black priesthood holder until 1979 is because the LDS church is prejudice. That should be obvious to anyone with a brain.
    Take a look at their church members..how many of them are light haired with light skin? Probably about 98% of them. Unless they’ve adopted children from other countries, they only fully accept their own kind and maybe that’s not all of them, but a lot of them are like that.

  • J L Fuller

    We worship God the Father through Jesus Christ, his Son and our Savior. It will take only a few moments to find out what we believe if you go to http://www.lds.org, and http://www.mormon.org. If you want to know more about some of the lesser known beliefs you can go to http://www.fairlds.org and http://www.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/ for more scholarly views.

  • Joel Riley

    Dear JL Fuller,
    It would be quite nice if you would be more truthful about your Mormon beliefs. Let others know up front that you ONLY see God the Father as existing for all eternity. You see Jesus as a created deity but not as the everlasting God of Scriptures. It is this lack of honesty that wins you converts but also adds to the dissension between true Christians and the Cult of Mormonism. Count me in on 1 who could have a friendship with a Mormon but would not vote for Mitt Romney based on his religious preference. Keep it real and truthful.

  • http://www.bookofmormonnotes.wordpress.com grego

    “Why do people hate Mormonism? Easy ~ too much hypocrisy in that religion.”
    Hmmm… Is there anything wrong with this picture?: “I believe in God, I believe God is love, perhaps I am Christian: I *hate* hypocrites.”
    -=
    “Joe Smith claims to have been given the “Book of Mormon”by an Archangel and this is where they started to wander off the Christian road.”
    I’m assuming you are Protestant or after, and mean the “Christian road” of “no more signs, no more visions, no more communication with God”? Because the Catholic Church–from which most every other Christian religion broke off of–has all kinds of “similar” things, too. (And where does the claim “Archangel” come from? the Mormons?)
    -=
    “Mormonism is considered a cult because it denies the essential, orthodox teachings of the Bible: The nature of God, Justification (saved by faith alone, through grace alone, in Christ alone), etc. Joseph Smith was a false prophet. Mormonism is also a polytheistic religion (belief in many gods), while Christianity is monotheistic (belief in one God). These simple facts alone separate Mormonism from orthodox Christianity forever!”
    What makes a teaching “essential”? For example, to the Baptists, isn’t (wasn’t) baptism essential for salvation?
    Who is the true orthodox Christian–the Catholic, or the believer in a religion that broke from the Catholic Church?
    Who is the true Christian who believes in the true Christ–the Baptist, the Methodist, the Lutheran, the Congregationalist, the Presbyterian, the Pentacostal, the …??
    Seriously!! If there weren’t any difference in their beliefs and in their Jesus, it seems there wouldn’t be any difference in their religions, and all these different Christian religions teaching different true truths about the true Jesus Christ that their different true church professes, right? How can all of those religions have the “true Jesus”?? Pretty impossible, right?
    It all sounds nice and good when there’s a “common enemy”/Mormons for all the Protestants and subgroups to come together to proclaim against, but… then what? Why don’t they all join together and form one church, you know, the one true church–with one faith, one doctrine, and one Jesus–the true ones? When that happens, at least the charge of “false Jesus” will at least be somewhat believable or understandable to me.
    As a fun addition to think about: Do you and your mother know your same dad? You two have the same viewpoint on everything about him, too?
    -=
    “Do not let anyone, including a Mormon tell you that they believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, they believe that He is an angel just as the Jehovah Witnesses do, now that’s ANOTHER strange group. All we need to know is that God sent His only Son to save us and love us, all else is but dirty rags.”
    So what does Jesus Christ being an angel have to do with Mormons?? Or you just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get an extra shot off at ANOTHER strange group?
    Did God send “His only Son to save [Mormons] and love [Mormons]” too, or are Mormons included in that “dirty rags” part?
    -=
    “For one thing they prejudice against the black people in their church, meaning they can’t hold any major office.”
    “Take a look at their church members..how many of them are light haired with light skin? Probably about 98% of them.”
    What about Africa, Brazil, Haiti, Jamaica, and plenty of other places where most of the members and most of the leaders are black? That’s where it’s easiest to see. (How about all over the USA? Been to LDS services in Harlem lately? Bronx? LA?) How about Asia, India, South America, where most of the members and leaders aren’t “light haired with light skin”?
    But really, but what does that really have to do with it? If you say “blacks and the priesthood before”, cool. But that’s not even been mentioned by either. Guess what? Those Southern Baptists by me are mostly darker-skinned. Does that mean they are prejudiced, or discriminate, or that that church is wrong?
    -=
    “Any “religion” that can trace its roots to one human (Smith) (Jones), etc. is a CULT.”
    Well Stan, what about Martin Luther? I guess that takes care of about every church (whoops, I mean “cult”) other than the Catholic Church… What about Peter? I guess that takes care of the Catholic Church (I mean “cult”). What about…? If it’s a group of humans, then, does it make it “not a cult”? Is that really what a cult is?
    -=
    “If you have ever been to Salt Lake City or Bountiful, Utah, you will find the people are weird in the sense that they all appear to be fake in their dialog and appearance.”
    Like, do they all wear “mission impossible” masks and say the same words in a monotonous voice, like robots or something? Please!
    -=
    “Their belief that they will all be “gods” someday separated me from them quickly and completely. They are rich and appear to be friendly, but when you see what goes on within their religious circles, it will send a shiver up your spine.”
    Such as?
    -=
    Of course there’s misunderstanding (I could go on and on, but I’ve already written way to much for most people…). And of course, Mormons are people and have problems (all–not some, or just a few), just like everyone else.
    The comments on this post show the difference between comments that are insightful and contributing (such as Kedric’s, Shala’s, Rosemarie’s, etc.), even if disagreeable, dissenting, or even what I would consider not really on about Mormonism (I’m sure I am that way with other religions); and others that I wish were more insightful and contributing.
    Wouldn’t it be nice if all of our opinions were formed after careful observation, multiple personal experiences, and learning? Before going to France, I had a few personal experiences with French, and heard a lot of negative things, and even had a few negative personal observations. (Besides, I mean gosh, you just know that anyone who speaks *that* nasally has got to be bad!) Then I met a few more French at university. Then a few years later I went to Paris for about a week, and… wow, they were people! A few weren’t nice, but the majority *were*. (I even had my videocamera returned to me a few times when I had forgotten it.) I guess there was nothing to do but change my opinion after that.

  • J L Fuller

    Joel Riley
    Please take some time and do your home work. Go to http://www.LDS.org or http://www.fairlds.org or one of the other legitimate web sites operated by the Church or one of its organs.
    If I wanted to know about your faith I would go to you or your religious advisor first. I would give scant weight to rumors, misinformation and deliberate disinformation campaigns of others.
    The first thing I suggest you do is find out why LDS theology seems to change over time. That seems to be a sticking point among many detractors. I will give you a hint: it has to do with God re-opening the canon and talking to his children again through prophets and apostles. One more hint: We receive what we can absorb and use. Another: there is no end to God’s words.
    I would be more than happy to explain it all to you but if continue to think we are lying would I not be wasting my time?

  • TheTruth

    Why are Mormons ”hated”?
    Don’t know that they are ‘hated’ as the article says. But it is true that many distrust Mormons for their hypocrisy and right wing extremism. Here are people who are terribly holier-than-thou and who imagine themselves better than everybody else. Yet, no people in this country use more pornography than they do. Moreover, instead of loving others, they keep their doors closed to all other people who do not subscribe to their cultism. Catholics, Protestants, Jews, all other people allow others into their religious houses of worship. Only Mormons fail to do so even though there is no such instruction to do this in the Bible. Then, while claiming to love Jesus (the Prince of Peace) these Mormons promote a love of war and militarism. Such hypocrisy is laughable, not respectable.

  • johnathan

    I find the hypocrisy of Christian critics of Mormonism laughable. The origins of Christianity are as suspect as the origins of Mormonism, Islam or any other religion. Christianity is a fusion of Jewish myth and mystery religions of the early first century of the Common Era. there is not one shred of credible evidence Jesus or his apostles ever existed outside of the bible, written almost 70 years after the supposed life of Christ. The Christ of the bible is an obvious recasting of the reborn god myths prevalent around Syria at the time Paul was evangelizing.
    Not all Mormons are right wing politically look toward Senator Harry Reid,Jim Matheson, Congressman, Democrat, Utah and Tom Udall, Congressman, Democrat, New Mexico. Anyone who votes based on religious affiliation is a small minded bigot and should not even enjoy the right to vote. The Evangelical community in the U.S. is one of the most racist, anti-semitic bigoted demographic groups in the country.

  • Scott

    I used to be Mormon. I can see why they are hated. It really is a mix of arrogance (exclusive temples, exclusive access to heaven, “only true church,” “living prophets” who don’t say anything new, etc.) combined with hypocrisy (racism against blacks, practicing homosexuals are sinners since it is a choice, most money/resources spent on members rather than given to poor (church numbers indicate less than 1% is given to poor), members/church are wealthy, lying/spinning about about its history to others, pornography, sexism, etc.) along with ignorance (Book of Abraham is a fraud, Joseph Smith/Brigham Young/other prophets led members/church astray numerous times, false prophecies, Book of Mormon plagiarism from *KJV* Bible, coffee is bad, tea is bad, wheat is good, Mason-derived temple ceremony, numerous continuing temple changes, etc.)

  • Sallie Taylor.

    As a 65 year old woman I see people of all denominations using false allegations against oneanother why? This is a very depressing curse on humanity.If we go into depth all religion teaches the same thing i.e love, compassion and brotherhood.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Susan

    @Sallie Taylor: You cut to the chase. “If we go into depth all religion teaches the same thing i.e. love, compassion and brotherhood.” This may be true but, sadly, as evidenced by comments on here, many “believers” seem to have no compunction about not adhering to these most important principles. I’m glad there are some, like yourself, who obviously hold them dear.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Vanka

    Mormons are hated for the same reasons Mitt Romney’s or Jon Huntsman’s Mormonism is problematic. Mormonism is fundamentally imperialistic and fascist (in other words, it is a “cult”).

    First, Mormonism has very recently, and on several occasions, demonstrated that the LDS Church leaders will not hesitate to defy their own scripture (the claimed “word of God” in these last days) and “mingle religious influence with civil government” to coerce others to abide by LDS beliefs and policies. This is a direct violation of Section 134:9 which reads:

    “It is NOT JUST for religions to mingle religious influence with civil government, whereby one religious society is fostered and another proscribed in its spiritual privileges, and the individual rights of its members, as citizens, denied”

    Despite this, the LDS Church President (First Presidency) issued a statement that was read from the pulpit in every one of the 28,660 Mormon congregations, telling every Mormon to “do all in your power” to deprive same-sex couples of their equal right to marriage. This resulted in an outpouring of support for Proposition 8 in California, which turned that initiative completely around so it passed. The Mormons did the same thing in many other states, at the “command” of their leader, whom they consider to be “the only person on the earth who possesses and is authorized to exercise all priesthood keys” and to speak for God. In Utah, the Mormon leaders mingled their religious influence with civil government to override the majority will of the people on immigration law, and they constantly mingle their influence with the government of the State of Utah.

    Second, as I have already shown, Mormons who are “Temple worthy” make secret oaths of obedience and loyalty to the Mormon leaders. They “covenant to sacrifice all that we possess, even our own lives if necessary, in sustaining and defending the [Mormon Church]“, and they “consecrate yourselves, your time, talents, and everything with which the Lord has blessed you, or with which he may bless you [including positions of power and authority such as POTUS], to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for the building up of the Kingdom of God on the earth and for the establishment of Zion.”

    Furthermore, these secret oaths are made in conjunction with symbolic death penalties that, although they have had the graphic throat-slashing gestures removed since the 1990′s, retain their symbolic meaning and significance, putting those who attend Mormon temples “under penalty of death” regarding these oaths.

    Taken together with the imperialist doctrines of the Mormon Church, whereby they have “prophesied” and believe that they will “put an end to all nations” and usher in the second coming of Jesus Christ, who will rule and reign a thousand years (the Millennium), and that each temple-worthy Mormon is “anointed” to become “…a king and a priest unto the Most High God hereafter to rule and reign in the House of Israel forever” — there is good reason to be concerned about a Mormon in the White House.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment agnes

    To have a temple recommend (to be a really good Mormon) requires that you answer this question in the negative:

    “Do you support, affiliate with, or agree with any group or individual whose teachings or practices are contrary to or oppose those accepted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?”

    Mormons can’t be anything but cruel to non- or former mormons or they can’t be real mormons. I don’t know why this isn’t more widely known. This is why people who left the church end up hurting so badly, because their families and former friends — poof! — are gone. As friends and confidants.

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  • http://www.bridgingtruth.com Previously blindly-obedient “elite” LDS ~ Kay Dee

    The controlling Mormon Church “cult” is hated inside and especially outside of Utah. Their fruits expose them. This is so sad. They spend $4 Billion on a Mall rather than help the poor except for PR purposes.

    The American hatred for the Mormons will increase the more the LDS impose themselves via PR ad nauseum on the internet and other media.

    The demise and downfall of this church will continue (less than 2 million pay their full tithing) until the leader’s are forced to come clean and tell the truth regarding the church’s history and beliefs in polygamy/sexual and spiritual abuse of women and children, satanic Masonry, Blood Atonement, altering the Book of Mormon (as prophesied), and the LDS church leader’s own involvement in theft of wealthy member’s assets (as Bank Board members, etc.) and even continued “accidental” deaths for coverup.

    The slitting of the throat “penalty” used in all LDS Temple ceremonies prior to 1990 is still “assumed” even today and reflects the control the leaders have over all temple-going members.

    No sane and knowledgeable person would ever vote for a Mormon for President until the church cleans up its act, admits the truth of their history and “abominable” beliefs, and is full-disclosure on their financials and illegal dealings.

    I have great respect for the original Book of Mormon, a simple history of “the other sheep” that Christ taught (John 10:16), but it was altered in 1837 as prophesied (1st Nephi 13)with over 3,000 significant changes with the 2nd printing…

  • http://www.originialbookofmormonrestored.com Previously blindly-obedient “elite” LDS ~ Kay Dee

    Please read Vanka’s profound remarks ~ seen two posts above mine. Excellent!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Gemma Grover

    I grew up in Utah, I’ve been a Mormon all my life, I attend BYU in Utah, and I hate being stereotyped. Growing up,I’ve always had friends of different faiths, gender orientations, and lifestyles. Alcoholics, Marijuana users, bisexuals, you name it… And I will never revile the people they choose to be.
    I think the world hates blockhead Mormons who refuse to venture out of their religious comfort zones, but they are the minority. Most Mormons are very open-minded, in fact, most of my professors are Democrats (gasp). I do not condemn any other religion and find beauty in each one.
    I don’t see people bashing Muslims and Jews, why do people think it right to put down my religion? I will never criticize a belief, whether it be Atheism or Buddhism and will not tolerate this crap.
    I can understand why you would think our practices are weird, even we as Mormons have difficulty grasping everything, but they are personal and should not be debated and attacked.
    My wish is not to offend anyone, I just cannot read these comments without defending my religion, something I believe in with my whole heart.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment John Kennington

    Mormons are idiots. They pretend they are not a cult and they are. If you research and look in to their temple ceremonies you will see that they do strange rituals and gruesome promises of killing. They have a good PR becuase they realize that they have to not let it out what they are really like in the religion. Thye teach that the Catholic church’s leader the Pope i sthe anti Christ, that all other epople are going to Hell if they don’t become a MOrmon. They wear strangeclothes, ostracise and coerce through isolation anyone who does not fall into line. I was raised Mormon- believe me I know. They try to pretend all the time that they are a normal religion, but they are not doing the things they do inside the church. They are nort mainstream like Catholic or Baptist- they are a cult. I have been to the temple – it is weird and wrong so I left.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment JR

    I Think that what is misleading in this article is the fact that a group of strong Christians maintain their beliefs as the Bible says and all the others can’t stand it because they have moved away from what the bible has been teaching for hundreds of years. Communications is the biggest problem, because on average, when asked most people don’t even know a Mormon, have ever talked to one and wouldn’t know one walking down the street. The belief is strong because they adhere to the truth of the Bible’s teaching, have very strong family values, and are people you can count on in a time of crisis, try finding that in any other religion, good luck. People are naturally jealous of good when they aren’t.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment RJN

    Iam a very proud Mormon. it has completely changed my life and it is the best atmosphere for my family especially my two young sons. People frown upon paying ten percent of their wages toward tithing and have trouble with the word of wisdom. One of the reasons we pay tithing is to keep our wards,temples and other facilities beautiful. As for the words of wisdom our Heavenly Father wants us to take care of our selves and steer clear from things that harm us ! Lastly I want my children to be able to have the gift of repentance if they do something wrong. instead of being trapped in a confession booth with a priest or minister. AND WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENS IN THERE !!!! The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints is the only true church on Earth

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Eric

    Why? Because the idea that they love the others just isn’t true. I sat through Mormon sacrament meetings as a child. And almost every meeting there were a couple people talking condescendingly about those outside the church and “of the world”. How can you like people who act like this? (Say one thing to your face… and another behind your back) I don’t have any respect for Mormons because they so willingly trash on the world constantly as if they are somehow any better.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment kev0001000

    It’s funny how some people don’t even know a Mormon, don’t know what their religion teaches, yet still have a strong opinion on their religion. This article spews bias as if the author did some kind of study, but instead gave nothing but his own opinions. @ Eric. Dude, just because you sat through sacrament and heard some people talking crap that does not mean that you can label the whole church as a big organization of hate. You can say what you want but that was petty and childish. I grew up in a ward (mormon church meeting house) where they taught false doctrine, talked crap about others, and even made racist comments. I knew the difference between what we teach and what some choose to teach. After having attended different wards who would teach the right thing I could tell that if some one were to visit my old ward they wouldn’t recognize it as an LDS church. That kind of thing happens. Because people have a little thing called free agency.

  • http://theyhavedeclaredwar robert

    I was not thrilled with mormons before obviously as i put a Tax the mormon church sticker on my car two days ago in regards to their financing against prop 8. Two days after this sticker my car which is brand new has been vandalized keyed and kicked in…caught on tape with a white male in his thirties with a wife and three kids in tow….not very christian which is typical of mormons…but now they have declared war on me personally and i plan to respond in kind…robert

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Michael

    Really? Are the Mormons Jews? Oh, I see. Now, I understand. Well, it is pretty ironic. Funny.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Joseph Calloway

    don’t be cruel love jesus and god i’m mormon

  • http://NoMormonInWhiteHouse.blogspot.com timothy unrine

    Maybe Mormons wouldn’t be SO HATED if;

    Mormons didn’t steal the good name of Jesus Christ and put in on a Non-Christian cult.

    Mormons wouldn’t claim to be Christians, when theologically, they are not.

    finally – when you tell EVERYONE their church is WRONG – - you ruffle feathers.

    But good luck finding those golden plates.

  • http://www.exmormon.org/ Jim

    Mormonism would be fine, except for the fact that it has been pretty much proven false. Scientists overwhelmingly agree that american indians came from siberia 35000 to 12000 years ago. A reasonable reading of the BOM says that indians came to america much more recently and should had hebrew ancestors.

    In addition to NO archaeological evidence ever having been found supporting the BOM, that book mentions elephants at the time of christ. Sorry, there were none. Read the smithsonian and National geographic statements on the book of mormon.

    Joseph Smith was known as a con artist. Google glass-looker “joseph smith” for proof. Only three unreliable witnesses saw the gold plates. He failed miserably in the kinderhook plate matter and the book of abraham, proved by egyptologists to be common funeral texts. How much more proof do we need that it’s a fraud?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Melvin

    Please unsubscribe me from your network,to. Thank you.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Aryan blood

    Well, what I do know what does not change me. I know I am better than Mormons, Americans, and any other race. Whether you like it or not. I am the better, because I am pale, brown eyes and dark blond hair and medium height. It does not change of who I am. If Mormons has been taxed. Because God has punished them. God is love. God is punishment. If you break the Lord’s covenants, the Lord breaks with you, also. The Mormon church is not the true church anymore. They have lost the title.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Unforgiven

    I hate all religions but Mormonism is definitely at or near the top of the list. Why would I respect anyone for believing I’m cursed for having dark skin? And don’t trot out this BS about it not being church doctrine because, even assuming that’s true, their “church” is still powerless to stop a lot of their members from believing it– either way, it definitely doesn’t speak well for their cult.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Nobody

    Mormons are hated because they are one of the most hateful groups in America. They may claim to like everyone, but having grown up Mormon in Utah I know the truth. Mormons hate:

    Non-Mormons
    Blacks
    Hispanics
    Asians
    Gays
    Californians
    New Yorkers
    Liberals
    Poor people
    Catholics
    Baptists
    Buddhists

    Just to name a few. This is not implicit, by the way. These are groups that you’ll hear Mormons explicitly and regularly casting aspersions upon in everyday life in Utah.

    And despite what Mormons say (What? We love everybody, they all just hate us!) the rest of the nation and much of the world gets it. Mormons hate us, want to interfere in our lives (see Prop. 8 for example), and accuse us of being prejudiced against Mormons when we push back against the influence.

    More to the point, most of America also knows that they’re simply not welcome in Mormonism without giving up the basics of who they are. Mormonism is a monoculture of Nth-generation white Europeans with the most politically conservative positions in the nation. Deviate from this at all (say, be African-American, or decide that you don’t want to have kids, or vote Democratic) and the Mormons don’t want (and will actively accuse) you anyway.

    People get it. It’s that simple. It’s not about building bridges, it’s about what Mormonism is. People aren’t stupid; they’re quite astute in fact.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Dennis Thompson

    The founding Fathers of Mormons hated Christianity. Mormons seem to like to now claim they are somehow Christians. However the Christian God was never a man, nor was the Christian Jesus created like the Mormon one was. Joseph Smith was one of the most vile frauds to ever live in America. The truth should matter, and if Mormons knew the truth about Smith, Mormonism would not exist.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Dennis Thompson

    Joseph Smith Denied He Was A Polygamist!
    Joseph Smith publicly denied all his life that he was ever a polygamist. Yet, he had 33 wives, including his own foster daughters, the Lawrence sisters, aged 14 and 16. Joseph Smith was also “married” to women who were already married and living with other men at the time, men who apparently did not know their wives were married to Joseph Smith. In May of 1844 he declared:

    “What a thing it is for a man to be accused of committing adultery, and having seven wives, when I can only find one.” (History of the Church 6:411)
    At that time, Joseph Smith had at least thirty “wives”. He only provided for three of them (his public wife Emma and his two foster-daughters who lived with him). The other women were either very young girls still living at home, or they were the wives of other men living with those men.
    Here are more denials, from the pens of Joseph Smith, while he was “married” to many different women:

    History of the Church, vol. 2, pg. 247 (August 1835)
    “The clerk of every church should keep a record of all marriages solemnized in his branch. All legal contracts of marriage made before a person is baptized into this Church should be held sacred and fulfilled. Inasmuch as this Church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication and polygamy, we declare that we believe that one man should have one wife, and one woman but one husband, except in the case of death, when either is at liberty to marry again.”
    Messenger and Advocate (Aug 1835) pg. 163
    “All legal contracts of marriage made before a person is baptized into this church should be held sacred and fulflled. Inasmuch as this Church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication, and polygamy: we declare that we believe, that one man should have one wife: one woman, but one husband, except in teh case of death, when either is at liberty to marry again.”

    History of the Church, vol. 5, pg. 30 (May 1836)
    “Inasmuch as this Church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication and polygamy, we declare that we believe that one man, should have one wife, and one woman but one husband, except in case of death,, when either is at liberty to marry again.”

    Messenger and Advocate (May 1837), pg. 511:
    “1st. That we will have no fellowship whatever with any Elder belonging to the quorums of the Seventies who is guilty of polygamy or any offense of the kind, and who does not in all things conform to the laws of the church contained in the Bible and in the Book of Doctrine and Covenants.”

    Times and Seasons, vol. 4, pg. 939 (October 1, 1842)
    “All legal contracts of marriage made before a person is baptized into this church, should be held sacred and fulfilled. Inasmuch as this church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication, and polygamy: we declare that we believe, that one man should have one wife; and one woman, but one husband, except in the case of death, when either is at liberty to marry again. It is not right to persuade a woman to be baptized contrary to the will of her husband neither is it lawful to influence her to leave her husband.”

    Times and Seasons, vol. 4, pg. 28 (December 1, 1842)
    “He spoke of the various publications of Bennett and others, and of the prejudices which they had necessarily excited-that the Mormons were charged with sanctioning a community of wives and of goods, with polygamy, and various other enormities, not one word of which is true.”

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Dennis Thompson

    More unbelievable stuff and its sad people get hoodwinked and lied to:

    DNA and The Book of Mormon
    The Book of Mormon claims that the “Lamanites (lay-man-ites), the American Indians, are the descendants of Lehi (lee-high), a Jew. Yet, DNA studies of American Indian tribes reveal they had not one Semitic “gene” in their DNA, no Semitic ancestry whatsoever. The American Indians are Asians, like the Chinese. They have “mongolian folds” in their eyelids as other Asians. They have a “Mongonlian dot” on their tailbones like other Asians. Their hair, languages, skin, eyes, culture, religion, and DNA are all Asian, with NO SEMITIC GENES whatsoever!! They are closely related to the Tuvan people of Siberia. The Book of Mormon teaches that “Lamanites” (i.e. American Indians) have dark skin because God “cursed their skin with darkness” so that the white-skinned Nephites (nee-fights) would not intermarry with them.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Dennis Thompson

    and more:

    Archaeology and The Book of Mormon
    There is no archaeological evidence for The Book of Mormon. The book says that the Nephites had horses, sheep, goats, oxen, asses, but there is no evidence that oxen, sheep or asses (donkies) existed in the New World before Columbus. Horses in America were too small to ride, and went extinct about 10,000 years ago, long before Book of Mormon times. Not one pot-sherd of “Nephite” civilization has ever been unearthed. NothingZ.

    Had the Nephites existed for 1000 years in America, in the millions, they would have tens of millions of oxen, goats, asses, and sheep over this time period. Yet, in The Book of Mormon is true, one must believe that all these animals went exinct in America before Columbus, and did not leave behind one bone or fragment.

    Some of the places mentioned in The Book of Mormon, such as Angola, Kishkumen, Oneida, Morin, Alma, Ramah, Jacobugath (Jacobsburg), were names of villages that existed in the time of Joseph Smith, but not in ancient America when the Nephites allegedly existed.

    Mormonism began with the “Angel Moroni” who hid the Gold Plates in the “Hill Cumorah”. Coincidentally, “Moroni” is the capital of the “Comoro Islands” off the coast of East Africa. In the 19th century, when The Book of Mormon was produced, the Comoro Islands were called the Camore (pronounced “Cumorah”) Islands

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Dennis Thompson

    How about the cover up of Racism in Mormonism?

    The Curse of Cain Doctrine and Cover-Up
    There have been black Mormons since 1832, although very few of them until after 1978. There is no evidence that Joseph Smith was racist. He allowed black Elders (as long as they were free men), and invited blacks to worship in the Nauvoo Mormon Temple.

    But that would change with Brigham Young.

    From 1848 until 1978, “Negroes” were banned from all Mormon Temples and the Mormon priesthood (which every Mormon male must hold to get to the Celestial Kingdom). Mormon prophets during this time taught that “Negroes” were the inferior and “cursed” children of Cain, and the “mark of Cain” was a black skin, flat nose, and kinky hair. Here are just a few quotes from Mormon Church leaders (there are hundreds of quotes):

    Oliver Cowdery, Second Elder, co-founder of the Mormon Church:

    “Let the blacks of the south be free, and our community is overrun with paupers, and a reckless mass of human beings, uncultivated, untaught and unaccustomed to provide for themselves the necessaries of life-endangering the chastity of every female who might by chance be found in our streets-our prisons filled with convicts, and the hang-man wearied with executing the functions of his office!” (Messenger and Advocate, Sept. 11, 1833)
    Brigham Young second President and Prophet:
    “You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind. . . . Cain slew his brother. Cain might have been killed, and that would put a termination to that line of human beings. This was not to be, and the Lord put a mark upon him, which was the flat nose and black skin. Trace mankind down to after the flood, and then another cursed is pronounced upon the same race–that they should be the “servants of servants;” and they will be until that curse is removed; and the Abolitionists cannot help it, nor in the least alter that decree (Journal of Discourses, 7:290; emphasis added)
    “Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be.” (Journal of Discourses, 10:110; emphasis added)

    “I have never yet preached a sermon and sent it out to the children of man, that they may not call Scripture.” (Journal of Discourses, 13:95).

    John Taylor, third President and Prophet:
    “After the flood we are told that the curse that had been pronounced upon Cain was continued through Ham’s wife, as he had married a wife of that seed. And why did it pass through the flood? Because it was necessary that the devil should have a representation upon the earth as well as God. . . .” (ibid., 23:304; emphasis added).
    “When he [Satan] destroyed the inhabitants of the antediluvian worlds, he suffered a descendant of Cain to come through the flood in order that he might be properly represented upon the earth.” (Journal of Discourses, 23:336; emphasis added)

    Wilford Woodruff, who became the fourth President and Prophet of the LDS Church:
    “What was that mark? It was a mark of blackness. That mark rested upon Cain, and descended upon his posterity from that time until the present. To day there are millions of the descendants of Cain, through the lineage of Ham, in the world, and that mark of darkness still rest upon them.”(Millennial Star, 51:339; emphasis added).
    George Reynolds (Apostle):

    “We will first inquire into the results of the approbation or displeasure of God upon a people, starting with the belief that a black skin is a mark of the curse of Heaven placed upon some portions of mankind. . . . We understand that when God made man in his own image and pronounced him very good, that he made him white. We have no record of any of God’s favored servants being of a black race. . . . When God cursed Cain for murdering his brother Abel, He set a mark upon him that all meeting him might know him. . . . After the flood this curse fell upon the seed of Shem, through the sin of their father, and his descendants bear it to this day. . . . We are told in the Book of Abraham in the Pearl of Great Price, that Egypt was discovered by a woman, who was a daughter of Ham, the son of Noah. . . . The pure Negro, as represented by the people of Guinea and its neighboring countries, is generally regarded as the unmixed descendant of Ham. . . . Their skin is quite black, their hair woolly and black, their intelligence stunted, and they appear never to have arisen from the most savage state of barbarism (Juvenile Instructor, October 15, 1868, p. 157).
    George F. Richards (Apostle):
    “The Negro is an unfortunate man. He has been given a black skin. But that is as nothing compared with that greater handicap that he is not permitted to receive the Priesthood and the ordinances of the temple, necessary to prepare men and women to enter into and enjoy a fullness of glory in the celestial kingdom [i.e., godhood].” (Conference Report, April 1939, p. 58)
    Joseph Fielding Smith (10th President of the Mormon Church):
    “Not only was Cain called upon to suffer, but because of his wickedness he became the father of an inferior race. A curse was place upon him and that curse has been continued through his lineage and must do so while time endures. Millions of souls have come into this world cursed with black skin and have been denied the privilege of Priesthood and the fullness of the blessings of the Gospel. These are the descendants of Cain. Moreover, they have been made to feel their inferiority and have been separated from the rest of mankind from the beginning… we will also hope that blessings may eventually be given to our Negro brethren, for they are our brethren–children of God—notwithstanding their black covering emblematical of eternal darkness.” (The Way to Perfection, 101-02; emphasis added).
    “There is a reason why one man is born black and with other disadvantages, while another is born white with great advantages… The Negro, evidently, is receiving the reward he merits.” (Doctrines of Salvation, 1:61, 66; emphasis added)

    Bruce R. McConkie (Mormon Apostle):

    “In a broad general sense, caste systems have their root and origin in the gospel itself, and when they operate according to the divine decree, the resultant restrictions and segregation are right and proper and have the approval of the Lord. To illustrate: Cain, Ham, and the whole Negro race have been cursed with a black skin, the mark of Cain, so they can be identified as a caste apart, a people with whom the other descendants of Adam should not intermarry. (Gen. 4; Moses 5.)” (Mormon Doctrine, p.114)
    “Though he was rebel and an associate of Lucifer in pre-existence, and though he was a liar from the beginning whose name was Perdition, Cain was cursed with a dark skin; he became the father of the Negroes, and those sprits who are not worthy to receive the priesthood are born though his lineage. He became the first mortal to be cursed as a son of perdition. As a result of his mortal birth he is assured of a tangible body of flesh and bones in eternity, a fact which will enable him to rule over Satan.” (Mormon Doctrine, p.104)

    “Through Ham (a name meaning black) the blood of the Canaanites was preserved through the flood, he having married Egyptus, a descendent of Cain. Negroes in this life are denied the priesthood; under no circumstances can they hold this delegation of authority from the Almighty.” (Mormon Doctrine, p.343)

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Dennis Thompson

    The 1891 Prophecies of Joseph Smith
    Joseph Smith prophesied “in the name of the Lord and let it be written” that Christ would return in 1891. He prophesied this on two separate occassions. In February of 1835, Joseph Smith addressed a group of Mormon elders who were going to march to Jackson County, Mission (Zion) to defend other Mormons from Missour mobs:

    “President Smith then stated that the meeting had been called, because God had commanded it; and it was made known to him by vision and by the Holy Spirit. He then gave a revelation of some of the circumstances attending us while journeying to Zion…our trial, sufferings; and said God had not designed all this for nothing, but He had it in remembrance yet; and it was the will of God that those who went to Zion, with a determination to lay down their lives, if necessary, should be ordained to the ministry, and go forth to prune the vineyard for the last time, or the coming of the Lord, which was nigh—even fifty-six years would wind up the scene.” History of the Church, Vol. 2, p. 182.
    Add 1835 to 56 and one gets 1891.
    In Volume 7 (the Index) of the Documentary History of the Church, published by the Church, under “Second Coming” one reads this:

    “Joseph said would be in 56 years V2:182″
    On April 6th, 1843, Joseph Smith wrote:
    “I was once praying earnestly upon the subject, and a voice said unto me, My son, if thou livest till thou art 85 years of age, thou shalt see the Face of the Son of Man–I was left to draw my own conclusions concerning this & took the liberty to conclude that if I did live till that time He would make His appearance or I shall go where He is–I prophesy in the name of the Lord God–& let it be written, that the Son of Man will not come in the heavens till I am 85 years old, 48 years hence or about 1890.” (Diary of Joseph Smith, April 6, 1843, quoted in The Revelations of Joseph Smith, p.345)
    Add 1843 to 48 years and one comes to 1891.
    Some Mormon apologists call this “Not a prophecy at all, he was just giving an off-the-cuff remark!”

    Others say, “Well, Jesus WOULD have come if Joseph Smith lived to age 85, but since he didn’t, the Lord did not come. The prophecy was conditional”.

    But that doesn’t work. The prophecy did NOT say: “The Lord shall come IF you live to 85″. The prophecy said: “The Lord shall come in 48 years from now (1891), and if you (Joseph) live till then, you’ll see His face!”

    When confronted with this, Mormons reply, “Well, its NOT a false prophecy. It would have happened then, but we weren’t ready for it!” The Bible says that the sign of a false prophet is ONE prophecy that does not come to pass:

    “When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously, you need not be afraid of him” (Deuteronomy 18:22)

    Joseph Smith prophesied, twice, that Christ would return in 1891. What happened?
    How many UNfulfilled prophecies can a “true” prophet give? The Bible says: NONE!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Michael

    Beware of false prophets, who comes as sheep behind are wolves. Hear this, he who has ears, let him hear, he who has eyes, let him see. It is written by the Paul the Prophet: if any angel or any man comes to you preaching a different gospel and another Christ, let him be an anathema. if any man receives him, receive his their sins and are partakers of them. He who worships the beast, will drink the bitter cup of the great indignation of the Lord. If any man hates the Lord Jesus, cursed is he.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Michael

    Remember that the Antichrist will sit in the throne of the temple as though he is God, but the time shall come that the Lord will come from heaven and destroy him by the breath of his mouth and by the light of his Presence will annihilate the Antichrist who exalted above God and against God, whom the man of sin shall be revealed comes from the Mormon Church.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Michael

    I am angry just because I paid money to them. I have wasted and they have stolen my tithing money. I have trusted them so much.

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  • http://MormonsarejustgenderconfusedMasons.... Polander

    And I deem them the gender identity problems that the Muslims have nothing to do with.

    Clearly, the agenda is reproduction at all costs…and only gender confused would where garments to protect their genitals..

    Really…

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment skyler blake

    okay i am a mormon.i am here to tell you we are not some freak people!we are christians just like alot of you.we love, and believe in god,and jesus christ.and we dont worship some statue or anything.if you dont know us please dont say lies based on what you heard.i mean alot of us go to friends who arent mormons church.its not like we hate everyone but mormons.well what im trying to say is WERE NORMAL!

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment mary

    My so married a mormon girl. After she had his baby she had what she wanted and decided he was too imperfect for her. She is the most smug, weird girl There were times I loved her but since she did not really know how to love like a mature woman-and always complained about our son who works so hard….I do not care if I ever see her again. Mormonism is a cult,strange folks who are automatons

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Serge Mullet

    How do Catholics have a shared ethnicity exactly?
    Plenty of Italians are Catholics, as are Irish. It’s big in Africa. Actually, World Youth Day was held in Sydney recently and pretty much every nation would have been represented in some way.
    Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a Catholic. If anything, Catholicism makes Atheism seem far more acceptable. What a bunch of made up fairy-stories and claptrap they have invented to fool the masses. Something that I’m sure that this website would be more than familiar with.
    Amazing that Buddhism is disliked so much. Probably because it is a religion that teaches peace, compassion and understanding, which goes strongly against the philosophy of shoot/invade first, ask questions later.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Judy

    Mormonism is a cult. They are predatory. I am non-mormon, when my son became involved with a mormon girl, he, actually our whole family became yet more victims of this insidious group. Don’t fool yourself. It is NOT a religion, founded on great principles and ethics. It was founded by con men in the early 19th century, and it is still a con hidden by the trappings of religion. Read Richard Packham’s website or Mormonthink.

    Wake up America

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Donna

    And after the Jodi Arias trial you are hated by even MORE people as hypocritical, evil, little organized hate mongers. You are a pathetic cult.

  • http://mormonsarecrooksandliers fredrico

    the Mormon church is the most corrupt evil organization in the world..they are full of sex prediters that rape and molest kids..the bishops are the worst..they call wemen in for interviews then rape them and then tell them the lord told them to do it

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mahonri Young

    Why do people dislike Mormons? Their core belief that they, and ONLY they – have all the truth. You will have to pass by Joseph Smith to get into one of the degrees of heaven. Their smug attitude of telling all others they are wrong but Mormonism is right is not a good one.

    If you want Mormon practice on homosexuality to change – hit them in the pocketbook. That did it for polygamy: they changed rather than lose property and money.
    It worked for Blacks and the moronicPriesthood baloney – BYU boycotts of football and basketball games and US threats of losing tax exempt status and Wham-O, now all the ‘dark and loathesome’ negroes can have the moronicPriesthood just like their ‘white and delightsome’ chosen brethren.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment TLR

    The people who hate us are not concerned with our stance on gay marriage. If you want to see homosexuals get hitched, go join the Community of Christ.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment TLR

    and to the butthole commenting above, all religious groups make truth claims. There is nothing unique about Mormonism in this department. Your COEXIST bumper sticker nonsense makes truth claims as well. “There is a wider truth that all religions tap into, the specifics are redundant.” That’s a fine belief, but it bills itself as the only truth.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Tina

    You are mistaken about Mormons liking everyone else. I lived in SLC for for years. They do not like most people. They are fake. I met more closeted porn freaks, closeted gays, and prescription drug abusers than anywhere else I have travelled.

  • http://WhyCan'tWeAllAcceptEachOtherAndMoveOn? fj

    You have to realize that mormon members are still people. We are not perfect. We make mistakes. Many mormons are not great people. Many mormons are good people. Many non mormons are not great people. Many non mormons are good people. Because they are people. Not gods. Yes, some mormons don’t follow the teachings like they should. But many do. All mankind has free agency. Many comments above claim that they know exactly what happens in a temple or in a church building. But have they ever been inside? Most people up there have such bad views and beliefs on mormons, yet don’t know what we believe in. Don’t know what we practice. Don’t know what we teach. Don’t all religions believe their church is the true church? Not everyone is bad because they are mormon. Not everyone is bad because they aren’t mormon. I also fail to see how a judgement on a few select people equals all members must be like the few they met.

  • http://WhyCan'tWeAllAcceptEachOtherAndMoveOn? fj

    I’d also like some reasons that are actually probable and realistic if you’re going to call LDS a cult. Christianity is not one religion. It has denominations.Judaism has denominations. Hinduism has denominations. And just for the record men are not better than women in the church. Each gender has their own role and their own part to play. Each has things that they can provide. Whether the man works or the woman works isn’t set in stone. Whatever is best for the family is what needs to happen. And if you really want to have something to argue about, maybe you should find out what mormons actually believe. I also fail to see mormons constantly changing their views. I have never seen racism towards anyone in my ward. I know mormons who can be racist, yes. Some are arrogant, yes. But haven’t you ever been arrogant? Haven’t you ever thought you were better? But like I said they are human and not perfect. I’ve seen non mormons be racisst too. Everyone has a secret to hide or things they are ashamed of. Like me. I’m ashamed of things I’ve done that were not Christlike. However I am also ashamed that so many people on here are good people, yet slander others and abuse beliefs. Our tithing does not go to waste. It helps families and people in our area who need it. I’m not trying to hate on anyone, but I felt that this needed to be said. So much of the stuff on here is rude and uncalled for. I am quite confused about how one man represents an entire group and belief. And now that I’ve had my spill, I’m done. I’m sorry if I offended any of you, but honestly this needed to be said.

  • http://tiffanylewis62@yahoo.com tiffanylewis

    I have a stalker from the mormon religion michelle arndt reid its been horrible

  • http://tiffanylewis62@yahoo.com tiffanylewis

    I sm born and rsised v catholic it is my only relgion I love gof but I hste the mormon rrligion I think it is a cult made up of a bunch of lazy pigs I would never join that rrligion

  • Enoughisenough

    I’ll tell you why they are hated. I’m a tolerant person and believe in minding my own business. We had a group of about 30 Mormon families “invade” our city from some alarm company. That’s fine, but how they all acted was unreal. This is the south so everyone is friendly, says hi, or at least smiles. No, not these people. You’ll hold the door open for one of them and they can’t even bother to say thank you. The most stuck up people I have ever encountered. Strike one. Now let’s talk about the kids, Dear Lord, ever heard of birth control? I get it, people have lots of kids, but what ticked off everyone around here is NOT ONE KID was ever supervised, EVER. We’re not talking 10 or 11 years olds, no, these are 2,3, and 4 year olds. Yes, toddlers for God’s sake. What parent does that? Strike two. Acting like the entire world revolves around them with zero consideration for anyone else. These people are the epitome of the rudest neighbors: loud, zero consideration for anyone else’s property, will be the first to gripe about others but act 10 times worse, think that laws and rules do not apply to them, etc. Strike three. And just one more question, do any of these people ever get an education? I understand not everyone has a college degree, but these people act like they didn’t even get beyond the 8th grade. They also are a bunch of scam artists with this alarm company. I have heard their sales pitch, and razzle-dazzle while overhearing their phone conversations (they take nothing in private) and their business practices are atrocious. I never had anything toward Mormons, but after encountering this group I want nothing to do with this bunch. I completely understand now why they are so hated. I’m pretty much there myself.

  • Enough, Enougisenough

    Enoughisenough, I would say your observations have more to do with a group of salespeople more than a group of Mormons (except for perhaps the young children–big families around other big families tend to let their children be a little freer because they look at the group as more of a collective, watching out for each other–though it can bother me as well).

    Personally, I regard condemning millions of people based on some observations of one group of people who are a bit unique because of their reasons for being there a bit simple-minded for an educated person. Also consider cultural variations–the South is a different place and is mocked by non-southerners just like you are mocking non-southerners. We could all benefit by being a bit more hospitable, but if a bunch of families from the North East invaded your town, would you blame their alleged rudeness on their respective religions, or on regional cultural differences? I want to give you the benefit of the doubt that you saw at least some of what you think you saw, and you probably did, but I’ve been around enough to know that people in general fall into too many traps of confirmation bias and attribution bias, myself included (which I’m actively working to counter, constantly–I hope you are too). The world would be a much better place if we would see it for what it is and get rid of these biases.

  • John Haake

    Why 3rd place, you ask??? Indeed, why not 2nd?? I know they are just too small and insignificant to be a 1st place contender. “Mormons like everyone else.” haha this comment took me back to my missionary days and the “jokes” my companions (multiple) and I use to share at the expense of the “unworthy heathens” surrounding us. “I’m a Mormon” PR campaign — yeah, like extremely tattooed women and an adult skateboarding man who wears RED THONG underwear would fit into any congregation of Mormonism you are familiar with — PR is right.

  • Jon G

    Mormons have to be the largest most hated group in the world today. It makes sense. They majority of the population hated Christ when he ministered on the earth, so of course they’re going to hate Mormons.

  • Mormon in Utah

    But we are superior!!!

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