Prominent Mormon Historian Forced to Live With His Mother

One of my faithful readers brought this story, which ran in the Wall Street Journal, to my attention. In the way that most things Mormon go, a very well-known and esteemed Mormon historian, D. Michael Quinn, cannot find a job, and is forced to live with his mother.

Quinn, who was excommunicated by the LDS Inc. powers that be because he chose to tell-it-like-it-is instead of tell-it-like-we-tell-you-to-tell-it, is one of the FOREMOST scholars on the subject of Mormonism.

Quinn graduated from BYU, has a doctorate from Yale, and at one point was a professor at BYU. But he can’t get a job, because despite the fact many universities are adding Mormon studies programs, these programs ARE for the most part, funded by rich Mormons who only want the “useful” things about Mormonism out there.

You are ALL familiar with my favorite quote (and if you aren’t you should be), “Some things that are true are not very useful.”–Boyd K. Packer.

For a religion claiming to be THE ONLY TRUE RELIGION, does this not sound a little silly? Some things that are true are not useful? True! I find this ONLY TRUE RELIGION thing NOT very useful at all!

Back to Quinn, anyone who claims the CHURCH does NOT throw their very substantial money-funded weight around, here is a quote from the story.

In 2003, when he was a visiting professor at Yale University, BYU threatened to withdraw funding for a conference it was co-sponsoring with Yale on Mormonism if Mr. Quinn was allowed to speak there, according to the conference’s organizer, Kenneth West. Noel Reynolds, a longtime BYU administrator and now a Mormon mission president in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., says the university was concerned that “the conference not be used to promote personalities or personal complaints about the church.” Yale officials insisted on the participation of Mr. Quinn, who ultimately resolved the dispute by agreeing to introduce the keynote speaker rather than give a scholarly paper.

Now, granted, Quinn, who claims to still believe in some of Mormonism, although he is not practicing, is an excommunicated Mormon, and is openly homosexual, all things which Mormons find abhorrent.

But still, he knows his stuff. The problem is he knows the TRUE stuff, but doesn’t choose to edit it to mollify the LDS hierarchy.

MORMONS, wake up. You have a violent, colorful, and controversial past. Time to accept it, and embrace it. The truth shall set you free. You are hung up on TRUTH, and being the only true thing, and yet YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH. He he he. I’ve been waiting a long time to use that one.


About Natalie R. Collins

Natalie has more than 30 years writing, editing, proofreading and design experience. She has written 20 books (and counting), has worked for the Sundance Film Festival, and as an investigative journalist, editor, and proofreader. She embraces her gypsy-heart and is following her new free-thinking journey through life. Follow her as she starts over and learns a bunch of life's lessons--some the hard way.
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3 Responses to Prominent Mormon Historian Forced to Live With His Mother

  1. My sympathies to Mr. Quinn. May he win in the end.

    Cyn NV


  2. SuYO says:

    Wow talk about some interesting late night reading….read about D. Michael Quinn which led to the Wall Street Journal which led to Yikes… all scares me and I am beginning to see those horns on everyone! Natalie how do stay sane with all of this info in your head? Sistah you have enough material to write 100 more books like Wives and Sisters.


  3. kd says:

    The super sad thing is that this type of garbage is happening in all sorts of subjects.

    Each little academic group is degenerating into a cult. A good example is the cult of Chomsky in linguistics. Ethnic study groups are also notorious for this type of political maneuvering to stifle discourse.

    I believe that Mormon people are striving their hardest to be good upstanding nice people. I just wish they could see how the blatant disregard for truth undermines them.

    Unfortunately, this disease seems to be spreading to all communities and subjects.


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