Joanna Brooks wrote a column titled “Five Myths About Mormonism” for The Washington Post (19 Aug 2011). The 5 myths are:
- Mormons practice polygamy.
- Mormons aren’t Christian.
- Most Mormons are white, English-speaking conservatives.
- Mormon women are second-class citizens.
- A Mormon president would blur the line between church and state.
As for points 1 and 2, Joanna is beating a dead horse . . . what’s the point? As for points 3 and 4, by the author’s own admission they are true. So they are not myths or “misunderstandings”! As for point 5, all you need to do is look at Utah’s internal politics and the “Prop-8” campaign, and the public has a right to be concerned.
Getting back to points 3 and 4, the leadership of the church is almost unanimously white and male. And to boot, it is a geriatric group. You get to upper management by living a long time. So it will be a long wait before the church has anything that looks like a rainbow coalition in its leadership.
It’s time to quit with the apologetics. Robert Kirby (SLTrib 19 Aug 2011) is right when he states:
No group, faith, family, creed, race, or club will ever be able to completely silence its critics. The only recourse is to live in such a way that we don’t reinforce what the ignorant or intolerant are eager to believe.
All Joanna and her ilk are doing is reenforcing stereotypes and making the situtation worse. For example, she is highlighting our polygamist past instead of dealing with issues that really matter in today’s world. The apologists are letting the critics determine our agenda. And that is inane.
Joanna’s article as reprinted in the SLTrib at: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/52355942-82/church-mormon-mormons-women.html.csp