It’s not credulity, it’s predation. They know all of the psychological tricks to manipulate and hold captive their marks. This sh*t is not religion. It’s a conniving cult masquerading as a religion to leach off the public (avoid taxes).
Make unfounded claims Collect money (pay now, rewards later) Never be responsible when people buy into the claims, no matter what the outcome is when people follow the religion.
Religion is one of the oldest, most established and protected sources of fraudulent scams. It has been a scam from the first shaman who figured out he could get a gig shaking beads and making up stuff to the present day preacher who presumes to know what God wants everyone to be doing.
Agreed, but it's going to force some information out there that many people need to see. Kay Burningham is a very, very smart woman too - it will be interesting to see how she handles this. Her book was excellent.
The fact that the church is trying to reinvent itself shows that they don’t really believe their own doctrine. It’s about what did they know and when did they know it. Oaks is big on CYA, but did it work?
I think religions are free to believe anything they want as long as they don’t harm anyone. But, just as yelling “fire” in a crowded theater isn’t protected by the First Amendment, harmful beliefs shouldn’t be either. Cult-like methods and manipulation tactics don’t deserve First Amendment protection let alone tax free status.
I remember when the cigarette companies were untouchable. They weren’t.
I agree that of course this will go nowhere, but I think they know that. But I just had a thought: what would happen if we all collectively as ex-mormons sued the Mormon church? Would it go further or at least receive a lot of publicity. Perhaps this is a ridiculous thought but I would love to give them hell. Unfortunately I can’t ask my lawyer brother because he is a mormon.