Our Way Or the Highway….Without Billboards

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.

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9 Responses to Our Way Or the Highway….Without Billboards

  1. azteclady says:

    Hold it…

    The billboard itself belongs to a different company? Yet the ad was removed at South’s request?

    That’s a breach of contract, isn’t it? At the very least, the group should be entitled to some compensation–which still doesn’t negate the fact that it’s a childish thing to do.

    Ah well, no surprises there, hmmm?

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  2. Cele says:

    What Azteclady said, plus I will go one further – violation of free speech (well it wasn’t free it was a billboard, the paid to say it, exactly as Azzy said).

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  3. Renee says:

    As a 4th gen Idahoan…I can say safely there are THREE different Idahos. EASTERN Idaho starts a bit east of Twin Falls (or at Twin Falls, it depends on my family member’s opinion, they all have a dividing line). EASTERN Idaho is worse than Utah County. I’m told. I think Utah County’s pretty bad myself and I work there – but I’ve never worked or lived in EASTERN Idaho.

    MIDDLE Idaho is next. Then there’s everything north of Twin Falls to McCall…pretty normal folks. LDS people…yep…others…yep…a couple of temples…yep…buy alcohol on Sunday…Boise even started opening their liquor stores on Sunday three weeks ago! YEP! Ooops, I must point out that Blaine County (home of Bruce Willis…et al) does not count, since as Sun Valley is there it is really CALIFORNIA (albeit much prettier and with good air)! My best friend, a native of Hailey, ID, who is 35, didn’t really know much about the LDS church. I grew up 1.5 hours south and knew WAY too much! I tell her she was sheltered from the true SOUTHERN Idaho experience.

    Then you have NORTHERN Idaho. Pretty much anything north of McCall (used to be an obscure town until the President went to Tamarck Resorts. Another reason to hate GWB). This is a quite lovely place…it is the home of really divided folks…true blue Democrats as there is a strong union voice there still….lots of farmers (my favorite folk really)…the University of Idaho and bordering Canada.

    I apologize for this long rant I should post on my own blog I guess, but just wanted you to realize that as in Utah, in Idaho there are idiots who are intolerant and lots of great people who aren’t. They are somewhat geographically concentrated in both instances I think. My biggest shock in coming to Utah is how much free speech is different than my experience in ID.

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  4. Fred says:

    Asshole problem? Sendahole.com.

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  5. Renee says:

    Et tu Fred?

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  6. JulieAnn says:

    I didn’t think Gordo’s mission was to mainstream it. *I* thought it was…. to take over the WORLD!!! BWahhh ha ha ha ha ha…sorry, got caught up in religious fervor for a moment…

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  7. Shaniqua says:

    Get those nasty mormans! Get em gooooood. You best not be trippin sucka, I bitch slap yo ass.

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  8. Bot says:

    The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) is often misunderstood . . Some accuse the Church of not believing in Christ and, therefore, not being a Christian religion . . This post helps to clarify such misconceptions

    · Baptism: .

    Early Christian churches, practiced baptism of youth (not infants) by immersion by the father of the family. The local congregation had a lay ministry. An early Christian Church has been re-constructed at the Israel Museum, and the above can be verified. http://www.imj.org.il/eng/exhibitions/2000/christianity/ancientchurch/structure/index.html
    The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) continues baptism and a lay ministry as taught by Jesus’ Apostles. . Early Christians were persecuted for keeping their practices sacred, and not allowing non-Christians to witness them

    · The Trinity: .

    A literal reading of the New Testament points to God and Jesus Christ , His Son , being separate , divine beings , united in purpose. . To whom was Jesus praying in Gethsemane, and Who was speaking to Him and his apostles on the Mount of Transfiguration?

    The Nicene Creed”s definition of the Trinity was influenced by scribes translating the Greek manuscripts into Latin. . The scribes embellished on a passage explaining the Trinity , which is the Catholic and Protestant belief that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. . The oldest versions of the epistle of 1 John, read: “There are three that bear witness: the Spirit, the water and the blood and these three are one.”

    Scribes later added “the Father, the Word and the Spirit,” and it remained in the epistle when it was translated into English for the King James Version, according to Dr. Bart Ehrman, Chairman of the Religion Department at UNC- Chapel Hill. . . .He no longer believes in the Nicene Trinity. .

    Scholars agree that Early Christians believed in an embodied God; it was neo-Platonist influences that later turned Him into a disembodied Spirit. . Divinization, narrowing the space between God and humans, was also part of Early Christian belief. . The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) views the Trinity as three separate divine beings , in accord with the earliest Greek New Testament manuscripts.

    · The Deity of Jesus Christ

    Mormons hold firmly to the deity of Christ. For members of the Church of Jesus Christ (LDS), Jesus is not only the Son of God but also God the Son. Evangelical pollster George Barna found in 2001 that while only 33 percent of American Catholics, Lutherans, and Methodists (28 percent of Episcopalians) agreed that Jesus was “without sin”, 70 percent of Mormons believe Jesus was sinless. http://www.adherents.com/misc/BarnaPoll.html

    · The Cross: .

    The Cross became popular as a Christian symbol in the Fifth Century A.D. . Members of the Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) believe the proper Christian symbol is Christ’s resurrection , not his crucifixion on the Cross. Many Mormon chapels feature paintings of the resurrected Christ or His Second Coming.

    · Christ’s Atonement: .

    But Mormons don”t term Catholics and Protestants “non-Christian”. . They believe Christ’s atonement in Gethsemane and on the Cross applies to all mankind. . The dictionary definition of a Christian is “of, pertaining to, believing in, or belonging to a religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ”: . All of the above denominations are followers of Christ, and consider him divine, and the Messiah foretold in the Old Testament. They all worship the one and only true God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and address Him in prayer as prescribed in The Lord’s Prayer.

    It”s important to understand the difference between Reformation and Restoration when we consider who might be authentic Christians. If members of the Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) embrace early Christian theology , they are likely more “Christian” than their detractors.

    * * *

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  9. Renee says:

    Bot has an essential misunderstoodation issue.

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