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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Why We're Afraid of Mormons

I just found the most interesting interview through Boston University with a scholar who studied Mormonism.
Hutchison-Jones, a Harvard administrator, is not Mormon, but an interest in religious intolerance led her to write her BU doctoral dissertation on “Reviling and Revering the Mormons: Defining American Values, 1890-2008.” (Those years marked the official Mormon abandonment of polygamy and Mitt Romney’s first run for president, respectively.) She began with the assumption that this would be another American story of a minority’s assimilation into, and acceptance by, the mainstream culture. To her surprise, she learned that Mormonism remains “really problematic for a lot of people. The negative images of Mormons far outlasted my expectations.”
 She did a great job representing Mormons and the prevalent misconceptions about them in her interview. Read it!

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