Fear and shame seem to be the most common tactics orthodox Mormons use to keep people in the church. There is a better way.
When Mette Harrison was an active Mormon, she found that many members of the LDS Church engaged in rigid, dogmatic thinking. Now she notices the same thing about the ex-Mormon community, just in reverse.
Racially, religiously, and educationally, the small subset of former Mormons who are now involved in ex-Mormon social media groups are not representative of the whole.
I was prepared for pushback from very orthodox Mormons who might be unwilling to admit there are serious retention problems in the U.S. LDS Church, but surprisingly, former Church members have been more resistant to the NMS survey findings.
Former Mormons don’t generally maintain a high level of spirituality when they decide to leave the fold, unless they become actively involved in another religion.
If the #1 reason women say they left the LDS Church is because they felt judged or misunderstood, wouldn't it be awesome if Mormons could stop with the judging?
It's one thing to disagree with LDS leaders, and to speak plainly and pointedly about the reasons why. It's another to be unfair, inflammatory, and even cruel.
I've been deleting comments from angry Mormons, angry ex-Mormons, angry evangelicals who hate Mormons, and angry random guys who blog from their parents' basements while wearing only their underwear. And I am sick of the rage that's out there.