According to an article by Peggy Fletcher Stack in the SLTrib (4 Aug 2011):
On Thursday, the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR) announced that it was launching the Mormon Defense League (MDL) to help journalists “get it right,” said Scott Gordon, FAIR’s president who direct the new project.
If the MDL notices a misstatement or mischaracterization, the group will first contact the journalist, Gordon said. But if a pattern of misrepresentation emerges, the defense league will “go after the writer” by posting the piece or pieces on its website (mdl.org) and pointing out errors.
On Thursday, the LDS Church welcomed any “sincere efforts to correct misconceptions and inaccuracies about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” spokesman Scott Trotter said, but emphasized that “FAIR is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the [LDS] Church.”
FAIR’s new defense league is aimed at journalists and non-Mormons and is modeled after the Anti-Defamation League, created in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all,” according to its website (adl.org).
For me, the problem here is the real possibility that apologists, PR staffs, and lawyers are coming dangerously close to defining Mormonism, to defining what a Mormon is. Are Otterson’s, FAIR’s, and FARMS’s “corrections” going to creap into Mormon doctrine and beliefs? If corrective action needs to be taken, and I’m not convinced that it does, is FAIR the right group to do it? I think not.
For me, FAIR’s attempt to put the alleged persecution against modern-day Mormons on a par with that experienced by Jews throughout history is bogus. We need to get over our “persecution complex” and get on with building the Kingdom of God.