Michael Purdy is either a bald faced liar, or has no idea what kind of crap the church has dished out to its own members.
I was ex'd. Nobody in my circles even knew I had been raised a Mormon. I lived 50 miles from the closest mormon I knew. I NEVER mentioned to anyone I associated with that I was a Mormon. I hadn't been to a mormon church or function in at least 7 years.
My mother demanded I be ex'd because she didn't like the fact that I was engaged to a nevermo. That was the whole story.period.
I didn't show up to their party. I have no idea who was there, or what they had to say. I could care less.
This was eons before the internet existed (1980?). It was all about my mother seeking revenge on a child she despised, and still does. They followed her bidding.
When I hear people like Michael Purdy spout their ignorant BS I want to vomit. Before you spout out lies Michael, educate yourself as to what these slime balls have been doing for the last 100 years or more. There isn't a paycheck big enough to sell your soul to them.
A point I would love to see made in one of these pieces that I haven't seen made yet is this:
"I could understand if the LDS church was upset because I was lying about the church. However, the information provided has been truthful. Before being labelled excommunicated I would at least expect them to substantiate what I have lied about."
David, I am an avid supporter of what you are standing for.
There was a time in my life when I would have done exactly as you are doing. Unfortunately the internet didn't exist.
You just happen to be in the right place at the right time. I can't tell you how much that means to me.
I am 58. I've spent my entire life either in the church or being persecuted by them. Sometimes both. I've had enough.
It was this last November than I clicked into MT and read it from beginning to end. I then sat my family down and went over all I had learned. My husband and two children left the church with me on Thanksgiving day. I can't tell you how happy I am that we are free of the chains and sick thinking that the church has entangled my family in for 6 going on 7 generations.
I will not have any grandchildren that are Mormon. For that, I have MT to thank. Your efforts are not in vain. In fact, what you do will have an effect on generations of people who have been raised in Mormonism, and people who haven't been born yet.
My grandchildren have yet to be born. They will probably start arriving in the next year or two. THEY WILL NOT BE MORMONS! I can't tell you how much that means to me.
I have a stepson that is TBM. His 1st child is 6 mo. old. So far they are still in the church. It's heartbreaking. I'm hoping that they will eventually see the light and leave.
It's sites like MT that can make this happen.
I tell you all of this so you don't think that your sacrifices are meaningless. They are everything. I would do it myself if I could. Unlike you, i'm not in the right place at the right time.
I'm so glad major media is running with the story. It's about time.
David, I don't know you personally, but thank you for your hard work. I wish the best for you and your family. This, as the poet says, is the hard home-run. Godspeed.
Say to them, say to the down-keepers, the sun-slappers, the self-soilers, the harmony-hushers, "even if you are not ready for day it cannot always be night." You will be right. For that is the hard home-run....
Gwendolyn Brooks, "Speech to the Young Speech to the Progress Toward"
Normally I dont post here that much but I have to say David, you are my hero for doing this. So glad it got picked up by the NY Times.....have posted it on my FB page twice already...I still havent resigned cuz my wife asked me not to since it means something to her but I am borderline now...the Morg keeps shooting itself in the foot and giving me more ammunition to be done with it once and for all