On my mission, I met a man who had developed an electronic database containing a comprehensive collection of ancient and modern Christian writings. The man was a member of the Church and lived in Utah but his customers were mostly non-Mormon Christians. Though his product was non-denominational and contained no trace of Mormonism, the man went to great lengths to conceal any appearance of a connection to his religion. He even opened an office in Colorado so that his company’s mailing address would not be in Utah.
Of course this was a business decision. The man wasn’t involved in any sort of scheme and he certainly wasn’t ashamed of his beliefs. He knew too well the prejudice that exists among many Christians and couldn’t risk the future of his business on it. Even if he weren’t a Mormon, his Utah address would have still raised some eyes brows.
Mormons are used to this. Christian protesters outside Temple Square, the Hill Cumorah pageant or any other prominent church building or event are well-known traditions.
We’re all going to hell – we’ve heard this before.
It’s only until recently that the Left is matching these protests from the Right. We’ve all heard about them – no need to re-hash the fine details. However, I do want to point out that the new list of boycotts seem to reach beyond those who simply donated to Prop 8. Now, all you have to do is possess ANY Mormon connection – including those who just happen to run a film festival or ski resort in Utah (same dude).
As a resident of the LGBT’s second city, I have to say I’m a little worried. Let’s just say that my desire to tell people at the office “what I did last weekend” has declined significantly. It really doesn’t matter what my personal/political beliefs are or whether or not I agree with how Prop 8 went down. At the end of the day, I’m a Mormon.
1. How will the post-Prop 8 backlash affect the willingness of Mormons to be open about their personal lives?
2. How will it affect the way the full-time missionaries operate?