He was blessed as a child at the behest of his grandparents (we think); his parents were never active. Thus activateth the membership record.
He’d only been contacted by the Church once before me by his then-bishop. He’s 19 now. Still, I think I’d consider him a Mormon.]]>
But I guess the question is: is there anyone that claims to be Mormon that you would say should not be allowed that privilege?
If someone asked me if fundamentalist polygamists were Mormon, I would simply explain the difference between the mainstream church and the polygamous churches. I would do the same if asked about the Community of Christ or other groups that accept the BoM and may claim to be Mormon. I’m not sure if any of those groups use the term “Mormon” without modifiers, but if they did, I wouldn’t deny them that right, I would just explain the difference to those who asked me about it.]]>
I’m not kicking anybody out just because I don’t approve of their choices. If I could do that, I’d be kicking out a lot of jerks who don’t watch porn (that I know of), don’t cheat, but are just creeps in general.]]>
Causes similar irritation.
Though it does remind me of the old conflict between the difference between “catholic” and “Roman Catholic.”]]>
The test is when your group is the one being misidentified because of the labeling issues caused by those who self-identify as a member of your group.
That’s why mainstream Christians don’t like Mormons to identify themselves as Christians, and it’s why the Church doesn’t like polygamist sects to identify themselves as Mormon. It makes it harder to police the boundaries of who you are in the minds of others.
But really, that’s just part of life in my opinion. And it’s totally understandable that different people are going to have different definitions of words like Christian and Mormon. No one owns those words.]]>
Ideally we communicate beyond a simple slogan. However many people don’t like to do that. (Often because they want to mislead through sophistry) So people who don’t like Mormons don’t simply want to communicate that they disagree with some of our theology. They want to portray us as non-Christians so as to devalue us. It is a power play. Likewise Mormons don’t want polygamist fundamentalists to use the term because it devalues us in the eyes of others. I don’t think most Mormons would mind if a FLDS person said, “I consider myself a Mormon but I’m not associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They consider us apostate and we consider them apostate. We practice polygamy but they excommunicate anyone who teaches it.”
The problem is that the fight really isn’t over self-identification or labels. It’s over misleading communication. The people who wish to miscommunicate though don’t want to change.
But honestly, I don’t care who self-identifies how. If some 10th generation northern Swedish person self-identifies as a black African because of where his ancestors came from millennia earlier I really don’t care.]]>