Mormons quit church in mass resignation ceremony

June 30, 2012|Jennifer Dobner | Reuters

SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A group of about 150 Mormons quit their church in a mass resignation ceremony in Salt Lake City on Saturday in a rare display of defiance ending decades of disagreement for some over issues ranging from polygamy to gay marriage.

Participants from Utah, Arizona, Idaho and elsewhere gathered in a public park to sign a "Declaration of Independence from Mormonism."

"This feels awesome," said Alison Lucas, from West Jordan, Utah, who took part in the rally amid soaring temperatures. "I don't know if I would have had the courage except in a group."

The Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is known for its culture of obedience, and the mass ceremony was a seldom-seen act of collective revolt.

After gathering in the park, participants hiked a half-mile up nearby Ensign Peak, scaled in 1847 by church President Brigham Young to survey the spot where his Latter-day Saints would build a city.

At the top, those gathered gave three loud shouts of "Freedom," cheered, clapped and hugged.

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Comment by Ed on July 27, 2012 at 6:37am

This would be a very good trend I'm thinkin'......

A global resignation from organized religion may be around the corner! 

Don't hold your breath as people like their imaginary friends a little too much.

Comment by Citizen Atheist on July 27, 2012 at 7:06am

Don't get too excited.  From what I read, the Mormons revolted against the church, not against the religion.

Comment by Tom Holm on July 27, 2012 at 9:09am
Bet they still believe in god, or start their own religion
Comment by Judith van der Roos on July 27, 2012 at 10:12am
Sorry but how is this good, can someone explain a bit more of the background ? It strikes me that all that has happen is that some people from bat-crap- crazy cult have decided to break away, carry on thinking the same basic bat-crap-crazy stuff and will almost certainly just start up yet another bat-crap-crazy cult.
Comment by Ed on July 27, 2012 at 1:24pm

Any mass defection will at the very least cut into their sizable and mandatory "tithe" money.  They like their pocket book fat like the rest of us.

Comment by Simon Stepho on July 27, 2012 at 6:09pm

Wheather they believe in God or not, we should gain confort in the all too true saying "divide and conquer".

Comment by William Boyd on July 27, 2012 at 9:30pm

I think it's just great that another 150 ish have seen the light, so to speak....

Comment by Unseen on July 27, 2012 at 10:12pm

I'm pretty sure they are breaking away to go back to their racist/polygamist/pedophile roots. Whoopee!

Comment by Richard Savery on July 27, 2012 at 11:48pm

Actually, "among the reasons cited by those resigning are the church's political activism against gay marriage and doctrinal teachings that conflict with scientific findings or are perceived as racist or sexist. Others cite inconsistencies in the Mormons' explanation of its own history, including the practice of polygamy. The church renounced plural marriage over a century ago as Utah was seeking statehood." --- Reuters news service.

I'd say these are encouraging resignations.

Comment by Unseen on July 28, 2012 at 8:41am

Good to know.


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