Sunday, June 5, 2016
Last week, an "Anonymous" person posted a comment on one of my posts. Here's what this person said:
Wow, seriously??!! Did I kill someone? Did I work as a prostitute - and get caught? Did I sell drugs? What terrible sin was I unable to overcome so I could be a member?
Well, I have to say that this comment takes the cake. I've been writing this blog for over 5 years now, and in that time there have been a number of people who have make Anonymous comments. But this comment is way beyond what I have seen up to this point.
In reality, though, this comment really is typical of TBMs, even if it is very extreme. TBMs essentially parrot what they are told by their leaders, that anyone who leaves the Mormon Church does so because of a finite number of reasons, the main one being that they have "sinned." Of course, there are a few other reasons why Mormons have decided people leave the church. Here's a chart showing the actual truth:
If this Anonymous Poster had bothered to really read what is on my blog (rather than do a "hit and run"), he/she would have discovered that what lead to my disavowing Mormonism is the fact that I began independently researching Mormon Church History, and in doing so discovered its extremely sordid nature. What followed was an in-depth study of what I had uncovered and an increasingly disturbing realization that my life-long religion was actually made up by Joseph Smith from the get-go and perpetuated by many other men since that time. After realizing that I had been duped into adhering to a bogus religion my entire life, I could no longer be associated with such a deceptive religious organization.
It always cracks me up when someone posts an "Anonymous" comment on my blog. Making a comment to which I can't reply directly to them is the epitome of cowardice. Oh, they can make a comment riddled with ridiculous accusations, but then they cower in the corner, withholding their identity so an actual exchange of ideas can't be made. Isn't that special?!!
Another Anonymous comment was posted on my blog a few years ago, and in response to that one, I wrote the below post:
And so to all the cowards out there who post anonymous comments berating people based on minimal information, I say STOP DOING THE "HIT AND RUN" ROUTINE. INSTEAD, YOU SHOULD FACE THOSE WHO YOU BERATE DIRECTLY. UNTIL YOU DO THAT, YOU ARE SIMPLY COWARDS WITH NO BACKBONE WHO TALK A BIG GAME BUT CAN'T STICK AROUND TO HAVE AN ACTUAL EXCHANGE OF IDEAS. AND THAT IS REALLY SAD.