There is a message being sent in Idaho, and that message is: It is NOT okay to be a former Mormon. If you had any doubt that Mormonism is a cult, please park those doubts in the garage and close the door. PostMormon.org, a kindler, gentler version of exmormon.org, both groups where former Mormons tend to go for community after leaving the faith. But, you see, no one is ALLOWED to leave. And the fact that someone might NOT believe is extremely offensive to believing Mormons. If you have left, they believe it is because you have sinned, or someone offended you. In other words, the problem could not POSSIBLY be the religion, it must be YOU.
There is to be NO criticism of their church, gentle, implied, or otherwise, and a gathering of people who have LEFT is criticism.
And so, in Idaho, a billboard touting the PostMormon.org group was removed a week early, because it happened to be posted on land owned by Mormons.
Barry South, president of Dome Technology Inc., also is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He said his sons became concerned about the sign on Dome’s property after the Post Register newspaper ran a story two weeks ago.
Why would they be concerned? It wasn’t changing THEIR viewpoint. The sign did not say, “THE MORMON CHURCH IS A SHAM! VISIT MORMONSHAM.ORG!” (Disclaimer: That is not a real web site. At least I don’t think it is, and I’m not going to check. This is one of them thar examples.) Rather, it was a sign saying, “Hey, sometimes people leave, and if you did, here’s an alternative. A place to go for community and understanding.” Because let’s face it. Who can understand better than other former Mormons? But we are not to be allowed that. Oh no.
I had hoped, in the wake of all the negative publicity that the Mormon Church has received, that a wake up call would be sent to church members. STOP ACTING LIKE HOLIER-THAN-THOU ASSHOLES. If your church is so true, than a billboard is not going to shake that.
It was a useless hope. Mormons like South are cementing the concept that America holds about Mormons. They are not making things better. They are NOT helping in the mainstreaming of the Mormon Church. Maybe South should expect a letter from Gordo Hinckley, who wants nothing more before he dies than to see the Mormon Church accepted as a mainstream Christian religion.
In all reality, this will not happen. As long as they tout the Book of Mormon as true, mainstream Christianity will never embrace Mormonism. But a president can dream….
As long as Mormons treat former Mormons like this, there will remain a huge divide between the two groups, and there will always be a need for this blog, Trapped by the Mormons. You see, even when you leave, they try to control your actions, your thoughts, your destiny. Why do I blog? You’ve seen it firsthand here, brothers and sisters.
“It’s a form of religious discrimination,” Jeff Ricks, the Web site’s executive director, told the newspaper. “At the very least, it’s religious intolerance.”
Lamar Outdoor Advertising, based in Baton Rouge, La., owns the billboard space. Ricks said the agent for Lamar that he works with told him he had to remove the sign because South’s representatives said they didn’t like it.
Kent Marboe, the advertising company’s representative in eastern Idaho, on Friday told The Associated Press that the sign came down June 14. He declined to talk about why it came down.