Out of Mormonism by Judy Robertson
In this book Judy tells of her family’s experience joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, then leaving the church to start the Concerned Christians Ministry.
What I liked
I liked that this was at least a half-memoir.
What I didn’t like
I read this book because it was fairly short and because I thought Judy was going to have this interesting story. I thought she was going to tell this train-wreck of a story about how awful her life in Mormonism was. She didn’t. Half of this book is basically a commercial for Concerned Christians, not concerned Christians in general, the group called Concerned Christians.
I know a lot of Mormons. Are there awful things that can happen in the church? You betcha. Are there things that need to be stopped? You betcha. Can it be weird to members of other churches? You betcha. Is it Satanic? No. Judy’s group actually claims that a church, about Jesus, and God, and going to heaven, and seeing your family as important, is Satanic. I kind of get the cult claim, kind of, but Satanic?
I want to roll my eyes so hard that they’d roll to the back of my head.
Look, if you don’t want to be a Mormon, don’t be a Mormon. It’s that simple. If you’re not a Mormon and someone asks you to consider joining the church, you can politely decline them. If you’re already a Mormon and you want to quit being a Mormon, quit. I actually believe there’s a website to that tune.
I’ve encountered some religious people who have put a very bad taste in my mouth for their whole religion, but did I go out and start an organization that had the sole purpose to publish material against their church? Nope, I did not, and you know what, a lot of people don’t do that. People are supposed to be able to worship however they want to in the United States as long as they’re not breaking laws. You want to worship a giant bagel? Go right ahead. May you find peace in your worship of the great Bagel. In the name of Cream Cheesus, Amen.
Judy does bring up some very valid points sometimes. Have spouses who have a spouse who left the LDS church been counseled to get divorces? Heck yes, should it have happened? Probably not. Should it still happen? Probably not. Even so, that’s not a reason to widely distribute information labeling people who are just trying to be closer to God as Satanists. I get being angry about this, but sometimes anger taken to an extreme, where you’re actively and vehemently proselytizing against the thing you’re angry at, can make you look like a woo-woo fruit loop.
I get being angry. I don’t get how extreme it became.
If you belonged to a religion that was a little strange to a lot of people and then you left because you disagreed with something, would you start a very vocal group to oppose this religion or would you just go on with your life and chalk the whole thing up as a learning experience?
Is the story cheapened by Judy’s promotion of her organization?