CNN’s profile of Joanna Brooks

This profile of Brooks interested me because I know her–we went to college together. (We were in the same Western civ. colloquium. She already stood out as a hellraiser. That’s a compliment.)

But for the purposes of ProjectilePluralism, what intrigues me are some of the comments posted in response to the profile by readers at CNN’s website. I’m copy-and-pasting just a few. Note the variety of attitudes expressed, not just toward Mormonism but toward religion more broadly. On second thought, I guess the attitudes expressed in these particular posts are mostly hostile–but they’re hostile for a variety of reasons.

An interesting read. Her story seems to be one of personal faith/spirituality vs. the confines of organized religion. I can’t imagine it’s easy for her, but I think everyone has the right to follow their own path, whether that involves faith or not.

Joanna- America is a land of freedom. As Americans we all have a right to follow God to the dictates of our own conscieous. Choose wisely your decisions, because the results we can not choose. You should know the Lord has always used the principle of authority via priesthood such as with the Levites in the OT. Jesus ignored the woman from Canaan (Matthew 15) because she was not Hebrew, though he eventually heeded her requests. We do not know the details many times why the Lord operates as he does; his ways are NOT our ways. Have faith and not question every position. God bless you sister.

Dr Zoidberg
the fact she believes in a fairy tale shows her to be dumb as a wall

Wow, imagine this. CNN’s way of masking a slap at my church by trying to disguise it as a nuteral look at one womans view of the church. Where are the articals on disgruntled Baptists, Methodists, etc, etc. There is no “freedom of Religion” in the U.S. Not really. Sorry I ever opened up CNN. Should have known better…………..

This article does not reflect the views of the vast majority of active LDS people. Yes, some leave. yes. there are real issues, which good people of all faiths disagree on. But those who leave or question do not represent the LDS faith.

bff [Responding to JasonJackson]
Did you just say that those who question do not represent the LDS faith?
I actually expect that kind of thinking from religious people. It’s a good method of keeping the flocks in line. Many religions use it. Powerful stuff.

UPDATE: I won’t clutter this posting with more quoted comments, but I have to add that just a half hour later, the posts had multiplied to include whole other angles: a sympathetic self-identified agnostic, a Jewish respondent on interfaith marriages, an alienated Catholic, a Christian apologist (probably evangelical) on Mormonism’s departures from orthodox Christian doctrine, someone else railing simultaneously against feminism and atheism, and on and on. I could generate a whole hour of class discussion about contemporary Americans’ attitudes toward religion based on this material.

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