I have to formally resign from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
I finished reading The Sins of Brother Curtis at lunch today.
This was a painful and horrifying revelation to me about the lengths the corporation of the Mormon church goes to in order to protect it’s financial and legal assets from child sex abuse cases.
The book is just one story of one man who, with help from local Mormon leaders in every ward, was allowed constant and unsupervised access to children, while those same leaders had knowledge of previous abuse from this man.
I’ve had a lot of problems with the church, pretty much my whole life. I’ve never agreed with the church stance on many political items. And while I really enjoyed a lot of my youth in the church, I’ve had to live through the fact that childhood left me woefully unprepared for life in the real world.
I was not going to formally resign for my family’s sake. But now that I know what the church has done, what lengths its gone to, to protect its protection of child molesters, I cannot keep my name on the record of so heinous an organization.
I don’t care what good the church has done. None of that can help the, perhaps hundreds, of abuse survivors who might have been saved from that abuse, had those Mormon leaders put the well-being of children before the reputation of the church.
This is going to cause a lot of heartbreak in my family. But I can’t be silent anymore.
My heart is broken. While I disagreed politically with the church, I still thought that at least it did good in the world.
Now I know it doesn’t. And it breaks my heart that all the good people I know who are in the church have no idea that all their tithing money is going to defend the church corporation from having to answer for their evil actions.