Most of the Mormons who email me comment on how saddened they are by my mocking tone.
“I’m saddened by your angry, mocking criticisms of Mormons,” said Marman bishopric guy.
Another emailer, commenting on the Martha Nibley Beck controversy (you know, she wrote a book and they don’t like it), actually called me Ma’am. Who the fuck you calling Ma’am? Ahem. Sorry for the swearing, but I have a reputation to uphold. I must appear angry, mocking, and very, very sad. With a lot of hate in my heart. Lots of it.
Got sidetracked. Annnnnywayyyy, the writer who made the called me “Ma’am” wrote quite a bit about Martha (just in case you are wondering, he’s siding with Martha’s family on the whole abuse issue), then ended with a small diatribe directed at me.
Sadly, I guess what concerns me most about this article is not Martha Beck, but it is the writer of this article. Ma’am, you seem in distress and angry towards your parents and seem, as so many people in the world do, to be in the state of blaming your present and future on your past, unable to change from the path you are pursuing. I want to tell you that you can change. You can let go of the bad in your life, which in this case, it doesn’t even matter if it is real or not as “perception is reality” and no I’m not saying you weren’t abused, you may have been. What I am saying is that you can let go of those bad things, not forgetting them, but not letting them run your life. You have the right to choose for yourself who you want to be, now more than ever before, and perhaps more than ever again. So please don’t choose to be some bitter person lashing out online. Choose love. Choose Charity. Choose Life.
Huh? Oh for hell’s sake, we have already been through this, haven’t we? This Mormon hate mail is getting tedious. Thanks for the advice, oh Guru of Goodness, but unlike Martha Nibley Beck, I have no contact with Oprah and your sage advice is not going to get you on her show.
You only think I’m bitter because you don’t agree with my position. If, say, I was writing a recipe blog for Mormon women who cannot figure out what to cook tonight, and or writing “faith-promoting” young adult romance novels, you would be writing me fan mail!
Instead, because I point out that I don’t really like Mormonism, don’t believe in it, find patriarchy harmful, and think some of the things that SOME of the Mormons do are stupid, suddenly I’m bitter and lashing out?
LISTEN UP, Bucko. I hate having to repeat myself, but I shall do so until “you people” hear me. (Oh, that felt so good, to call someone else YOU PEOPLE.) If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen. As long as Mormons purport to hold the only true religion, and seek to tell everyone else about it, then Mormons MUST expect to have those who don’t agree say so. It’s our right.
If you don’t want to be written about on blogs, stop trying to convert the world to your religion, which you believe to be the only true religion. The real seekers will find you. Just shut up about it, okay? If you stop talking, everyone else will stop talking. You don’t see people “lashing out” online about the Amish people, do you?
In fact, I think that whole “no technology” stance would be a good one for Mormons to take. It would make it MUCH easier for you to believe that everyone admires your strong Mormon values. And you wouldn’t be so “saddened” and “distressed” about my mocking tone.
I think I’ll suggest that in the next GA board meeting….. Now please excuse me, as I must go to the bathroom and slit my wrists, but not before drinking poison-laced alcohol. This whole bitter, sad, lashing out persona is awfully hard to uphold.