Top Ten Anti-Mormon Statements by Public Figures in 2011

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MormonVoices identifies worst offenders

MormonVoices, a volunteer group dedicated to providing accurate information about the LDS Church, has released a list of the top ten anti-Mormon statements made by public figures in 2011.

“Our intent in compiling this list is to both hold people accountable for inappropriate statements, and to help others see that certain claims about the LDS Church are incorrect,” said Scott Gordon, a managing director of MormonVoices.

“Individuals in the public eye have a responsibility to avoid prejudice and misinformation when speaking about religious beliefs. Religious bigotry is simply not acceptable, and people are starting to see that common claims about Mormons are actually untrue and prejudiced,” continued Gordon.

The recent political ambitions and success of prominent Mormons such as Harry Reid, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman have put The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in a public spotlight, leading some in the media to characterize 2011 as the “Mormon Moment."

John Lynch, another managing director of MormonVoices, observed: "Some political operatives and religious figures have engaged in anti-Mormon rhetoric to achieve political ends. Public figures should rise above misrepresenting Mormon belief and spreading false information.

“This isn't about good-natured jokes or legitimate questions. We're not concerned with comedians who make good-natured observations about Mormons, or responsible journalists who have reported on Mormons and their beliefs.

“Instead, this is a list of statements that should be offensive to everyone, and are so disrespectful that their only effect will be to increase bigotry against Mormons. Just as with other minority groups, it should no longer be socially acceptable for public figures to incite such prejudice against Mormons or their faith."

The Top Ten list can be found on the MormonVoices website, http://www.mormonvoices.org, and Lynch hopes that it will be widely shared online.

Each statement on the MormonVoices list is accompanied by an explanation of why it is inaccurate, with links to additional information.

MormonVoices is supportive of, but not owned by, controlled by, or affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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