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Why does this board always talk about Mormons?

 
 
mrcolj
 
Reply Sun 4 Jun, 2006 02:30 pm
Everytime I go on this board, I'm always a little fascinated at how every topic seems to turn into people quoting ridiculous stories about Mormonism as fact. There have been times where I'd come onto this board just to explain the truth about the neverending spawn of rumors, generally from the same people... Just search by "Mormon" today and you'll see recent discussions on secret militias within the mainstream church, wearing clothes even while bathing, and mythological views on every political topic in the news.

So what's the demographic of this board that people know so little about Mormons, but think they know so much? Are they just so east coast so they're out of touch with America? (Of course I know plenty of east coast Mormons, too including a sister at Georgetown and one at Harvard who just finished MIT...)

As background, I'm LDS, from San Francisco (Novato, Marin County) and now live in Orem, Utah. I've read the Bible and Book of Mormon many times, have a degree in Latin, and have taken a lot of Greek. While I'm working currently in SOx compliance at my college, I have current teaching credentials in Latin and in Spanish (thus a lot of iberoamerican history classes, also). My wife is from Israel and speaks Hebrew and her father was a (largely Biblical) Archaeology professor. I only say all that because, knowing this board, someone would otherwise quickly respond, "well, maybe you just don't know what really goes on in your church" or "maybe you just haven't read the Bible." Wink

So I really want to know, what is it about this board that they seem to know everything about everything, but seem so wildly off--and not just so off but so aggressively off--on Mormonism? Why do they bring it up so much?
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ebrown p
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jun, 2006 02:35 pm
I haven't noticed any abnormal number of negative posts about Mormons.

There are posts here that tend to be negative about religions in general... and Muslims are without doubt singled out for negative posts far more than any other religion.

Is is possible that you are just feeling sensitive about your own religion, and that it isn't talked about negatively any more than any of the other religions?
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Lord Ellpus
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jun, 2006 02:35 pm
I have been fascinated by this subject, ever since I learned at school that they invaded my country in 1066.
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jun, 2006 02:39 pm
Bravo MrColj, the time has come for the truth to shine and the truth is A2K is a hotbed of anti-mormons. Why, just the other day I was saying to the Lady Diane "I really wonder why every other post on A2K is ranking down the mormons" The Lady Diane responed "yes Dys, it's awful, in fact I have quit reading A2K just over this issue" Well there you have it Mr Colj and just in time really, perhaps between the two of us we can bring back A2k to bashing freakin' braindead christians/towel heads/catholics and republicans. It could be a new beginning for a2k.
Thank you again MrColj.
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flushd
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jun, 2006 02:49 pm
Re: Why does this board always talk about Mormons?
mrcolj wrote:
Everytime I go on this board, I'm always a little fascinated at how every topic seems to turn into people quoting ridiculous stories about Mormonism as fact.


I'm fascinated by how often people use 'everytime' 'ridiculous' and other such words like 'always' 'fact' (which may or not be).

I rarely come across any posts here that mention Mormonism at all.

What is it you actually want to say?
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Lord Ellpus
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jun, 2006 02:55 pm
I've just done a search.

The word "Mormon" has been included in only ten separate posts over the past month.

"Every topic", Mr colj?

Just try typing "Bush", "GWB" and "Iraq" in a search, Mr C.....then you'll see some numbers.

You're talking out of your bottom.
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EpiNirvana
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jun, 2006 02:57 pm
this is the first time ive ever seen mormons metioned at all much less negotively. if you really want to talk about mormons make a room that says so.

so dont get yoiur magic underwear in a knot.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jun, 2006 02:58 pm
I don't come across many post about Mormons either.

My best gal-pal is Mormon so I know a little bit about it. I know she gets frustrated because so many people think the splinter sects represent Mormonism. Admittedly, if you judge the religion by the news it makes you'd think they were all nuts; if all you knew was "Under The Banner Of Heaven" you'd run for your lives from the Mormons too.

Okay, I'd run for my life. You might differ.

The Mormon sense of community is one that should be envied and emulated by all religions.
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EpiNirvana
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jun, 2006 03:01 pm
i know lots of mormons, i live right by one of thier churches so they come over about once a week, ive read there book, it doesnt seam like a cult, evryone sees them as wierd but its no differnt from anyother religion, with all your wierd beliefs.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jun, 2006 03:08 pm
dyslexia wrote:
Bravo MrColj, the time has come for the truth to shine and the truth is A2K is a hotbed of anti-mormons. Why, just the other day I was saying to the Lady Diane "I really wonder why every other post on A2K is ranking down the mormons" The Lady Diane responed "yes Dys, it's awful, in fact I have quit reading A2K just over this issue" Well there you have it Mr Colj and just in time really, perhaps between the two of us we can bring back A2k to bashing freakin' braindead christians/towel heads/catholics and republicans. It could be a new beginning for a2k.
Thank you again MrColj.


To be honest: I've stayed one week with dys and Diane - we talked about nothing else then why every topic seems to turn into people quoting ridiculous stories about Mormonism as fact.

(Which was actually the main purpose of the A2K gathering in Chicago - as you certainly will have noticed, mrcolj, as well.
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Doktor S
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jun, 2006 03:13 pm
I have frequented this place for quite some time, and I cannot recall a single post about LDS/mormons.
They are sort of a non-factor, one of many many branches of abrahamic mythiopia.
Being that LDS don't generally try to enforce their beliefs onto others (maybe this would be different if they had the numbers to do so) nobody really gives a rats behind.

Aside maybe from adherents of other branches of abrahamic mythiopia whos exegetical scriptural interpretations differ from your own.
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roger
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jun, 2006 03:40 pm
Walter Hinteler wrote:
To be honest: I've stayed one week with dys and Diane - we talked about nothing else then why every topic seems to turn into people quoting ridiculous stories about Mormonism as fact.

(Which was actually the main purpose of the A2K gathering in Chicago - as you certainly will have noticed, mrcolj, as well.


Actually, Walter, The Lady Di and I had a brief but intense side discussion of the Unitarian Jihad. Quite possibly, you were out of earshot at the time.
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Acquiunk
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jun, 2006 03:46 pm
It might well be, given the marriage practices of Mormons, that many people on this board are disgruntled relatives of Mormons by marriage.
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NickFun
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jun, 2006 03:48 pm
I haven't seen anything remotely offensive written about the Morons.
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Chai
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jun, 2006 03:53 pm
In last 6-7 months, I have only seen the word Mormon once, and I was the one who typed it.

Certainly wasn't anything derogatory, I think it was just in passing, as in "the Mormons" across the street.

Correct me if I'm wrong.
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jun, 2006 03:56 pm
Chai you're probably wrong, may I correct you?
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jun, 2006 04:08 pm
I don't believe I have ever mentioned them.

Oddly, though, my best friend in early high school was deflowered, as it were, by one of their "elders" (is it? you know, the fellas who go overseas for a year or so and missionarize) at 14, which we thought was odd, really, since they were supposed not to go closer than handshake distance to a woman.


Well, I suppose she wasn't a woman, so much as a child, so perhaps that made a difference?

He went home to his nice fiancee shortly after, with nary a goodbye....we DID think of sending a photo of her with a new baby (her aunt, in whose home they were both staying, had one at about the right time) but decided his fiancee had done nothing untoward.
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EmilyGreen
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jun, 2006 04:50 pm
dlowan wrote:
I don't believe I have ever mentioned them.

Oddly, though, my best friend in early high school was deflowered, as it were, by one of their "elders" (is it? you know, the fellas who go overseas for a year or so and missionarize) at 14, which we thought was odd, really, since they were supposed not to go closer than handshake distance to a woman.


Well, I suppose she wasn't a woman, so much as a child, so perhaps that made a difference?

He went home to his nice fiancee shortly after, with nary a goodbye....we DID think of sending a photo of her with a new baby (her aunt, in whose home they were both staying, had one at about the right time) but decided his fiancee had done nothing untoward.


YUCK!!! If that's true, that's absolutely horrid.
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Acquiunk
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jun, 2006 04:53 pm
I think they are under a biblical injunction to populate the world...or something like that.
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EmilyGreen
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jun, 2006 04:54 pm
Acquiunk wrote:
I think they are under a biblical injunction to populate the world...or something like that.


Then I can understand MEN wanting to be mormon.
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