Compounding what we believe to be the fraud of Mormonism, is the insidious falsehood that this particular "fraud" is benign (harmless) and should be overlooked in view of the "greater good" that the faith contributes to the lives of its members and the society and culture that tolerates it.
It is difficult to argue which of the forgoing notions is the greater evil or the greater folly. It is not difficult to argue which of the two falsehoods is more obvious and generally understood.
That Mormonism is a ridiculous fraud is widely accepted by most moderately educated individuals familiar with the controversies. It has been argued that only the ignorant, or self deluded or otherwise afflicted with cognitive dissonance cling to the childish notion that Mormonism might still, somehow, be "true" amidst the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
The simple truth of the matter is broadly accepted that to be a true believing Mormon (TBM) in the modern age of the internet, is to be either inexcusably ignorant or mentally ill, afflicted with self delusion and cognitive dissonance. It follows that to advocate Mormonism is to advocate mental illness. Similarly, it follows that to advocate the insidious falsehood that Mormonism is benign (harmless) is to advocate that mental illness manifesting itself in the forms of self delusion, cognitive dissonance, and a self destructive epistemology is an acceptable quality of life and an acceptable objective or goal for the nurturing of children, the qualifications for public service, the rationality employed by key members of the intelligence community, and the psychological and philosophical competence of licensed (self delusional?) therapists who staff the LDS Social Services agency offering (for a fee) "counseling" (gas lighting) to the victims of Mormonism's own abuse.
Self serving self delusion, widely accepted as the philosophical mainstay of Mormonism, topical shunning, coverups, and obfuscation, and the utter falsehood that a contrived "greater good" is somehow being served as a justification for abuses of the American constitution and the reasonable constitutional expectations of the American people are now a rampant part of the culture we have come to tolerate in American society.
All of the forgoing abuses, injustices, and the loss of international respect and the looming economic and social fallout from them are attributable to the grotesque measures of indifference that the self serving elite elements of society (that have seized control of American institutions) have for the common good and the constitutional principles that were established to protect the interests of average Americans and place limits on the very corruptions and usurpations that have now overwhelmed our culture with impunity.
The United States of America, once the bastion of hope for the world, now struggles to be taken seriously in a world that recognizes what it will not face up to about itself. That the American government has lost the trust and respect of the more enlightened of its own citizenry all too many of whom now viewing it as only tolerable by comparison to other more abusive totalitarian alternatives. Increasingly, Americans who can afford it, retire outside the country.
Mormonism is elitism. Mormonism exports the gospel of elitism upon which justification for the trampling of the common good, in the pursuit of special interests is rooted. We do not buy that the Mormon Corporate Empire pursues charitable service or philosophical truth. Rather we believe that it pursues its own power and control, and uses its accumulated $100 billion dollar economic war chest to pressure, manipulate, bully, and buy loyalty, subservience, and the avoidance of accountability even at the highest levels of American institutions, rewarding those who look the other way and promote indifference to its abuses with positions of power and respect and economic spoils sheered from its gullible stable of subservient sheep.
We further believe that the self serving elite elements of American society absolutely include and are often led by the Mormon Corporate Empire and the Mormon Mafia negotiating and orchestrating illegitimate control, illegitimate secret influence, and illegitimate obfuscation and suppression of factual information relevant to these abuses and usurpations. The contrived notion of a "greater good" that justifies such abuses and usurpations is a myth widely promoted, even among certain infiltrated self serving interests within the ex-Mormon community, in exchange for favors, contracts, appointments, and other concessions. The personal, social and economic fallout for those deemed "unworthy" by the Mormon Corporate Empire is very real.
The social abuses of character assassination and topical shunning, commonly employed by Mormons against dissidents, destroy families and contribute to unwarranted distrust, emotional distress, and real psychological damage.
Somehow, when the department of Justice deemed it politically feasible to pursue Warren Jeffs for child abuse, the United States Judiciary looked upon the First Amendment defense for Jeffs forced Fundamental LDS marriages to minors to be inadequate weight in the balance as compared to the compelling state interest in upholding laws against sexual abuse of a minor.
The Fundamental LDS group, is an inconsequential offshoot of Mainstream Mormonism. It has no political clout and comparatively little economic might. Mainstream Mormonism's interests, which include inordinate influence with the Department of Justice, were in publicly (albeit disingenuously) distancing itself from the practice of polygamy, embraced by Jeffs Fundamentalist Mormon cult.
Now, as Mainstream Mormonism is confronted with the prospect of being held accountable for outright fraud and the willful infliction of emotional distress commonly associated with what many ex-mormons believe to be its campaign of abuse against dissidents, we watch carefully as the true value system and perceptions of what qualifies as "compelling state interest" to the United State Judiciary reveals itself.
Shall we conclude that protection against the sexual abuse of a child is a compelling state interest that trumps the first amendment protections of freedom of religion, while theft by fraud and deceit, followed up with the relatively quiet brutality of economic discrimination, gas lighting, topical shunning, and character assassination giving rise to emotional trauma, intellectual breakdown, and suicide get's a pass? What contrived path of reason gets us to that conclusion? Certainly not the goal of the mental health and wellbeing of the American constituency, capable of rational assessment of the conduct of its own government.
Is the intellectual breakdown commonly associated with Mormon epistemology where blind, unquestioning obedience, no matter the absurdity of the imposition, the actual "compelling state interest" the Judiciary hopes to "support"?
It remains attorney Kay Burningham's position that no case law supports outright fraud to be exempt from scrutiny under the First Amendment. Contrary to what the Mormon Corporate Empire's attorneys would have the world believe, Kay Burningham is not alone in her view.
On March 31, 2020, Burningham filed a motion to amend the Gaddy complaint with clarifications of the issues. The Court immediately responded by dismissing the original Gaddy complaint "without prejudice" and indicating willingness to entertain a subsequent motion to amend the complaint. In the subsequent motion to amend the complaint, filed on April 28, 2020, Burningham pointed out that the court's order to dismiss the original complaint included a case law citation with a glaring omission of a substantive part of the case ruling, giving rise to an unjustifiable interpretation of the "supportiveness" of the court's decision. Our confidence in the objectivity of the court is shaken. The order and omission would likely have been prepared by Judge Shelby's clerk, a graduate of BYU's law school.
(Motion to Amend has been granted. Amended complaint has been filed and can be downloaded here.)
It would seem Burningham remains confident and committed to take the case to the wall. We believe that the moral and legal right is on Gaddy's side. We are not so confident that what is right matters so much, in today's unfortunate world. With that in mind, we continue to applaud the courage of attorney Kay Burningham, her client Laura Gaddy, and any prospective intervenors (additional plaintiffs) standing by, but not now known to the public.
In the end of the day, it is our commitment that, win or lose, the whole truth will be told; all of the arguments will be considered and scrutinized; and those who care enough to read, will have before them the basis of reassurance, or reconsideration of their confidence in American institutions.