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British court summons Mormon leader to appear on charges of fraudulent teaching

Catholic World News - February 07, 2014

An English court has ordered the 86-year-old American president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to appear in court next month on fraud charges, The Telegraph reported.

Two former Mormons allege that seven Mormon teachings were fraudulently presented as true, with the result that the ex-Mormons paid an annual tithe to the church.

These seven teachings include the following: “all humans alive today are descended from just two people who lived approximately 6,000 years ago”; “Native Americans are descended from an Israelite family which left Jerusalem in 600 B.C.”; and “the Book of Mormon was translated from ancient gold plates by Joseph Smith, is the most correct book on earth, and is an ancient historical record.”

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  • Posted by: FredC - Feb. 11, 2014 9:19 PM ET USA

    I hope the judge requires the plaintiffs to prove that these teachings are false.

  • Posted by: Mike in Toronto - Feb. 08, 2014 6:36 AM ET USA

    As nonsensical as Mormon teachings are, this is not only a frivolous misuse of judicial resources, but, far more importantly, flat-out religious persecution. Get used to it, folks.

  • Posted by: garedawg - Feb. 07, 2014 11:07 AM ET USA

    So will he share a cell in the Tower of London with the Pope?

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Feb. 07, 2014 7:29 AM ET USA

    Mormon teachings aside, the judges' attitude in this case is similar to that of the UN committee toward the Vatican: Wildly outrageous, self-centered, massively egotistical hubris. You get the sense they'd put God Himself on trial if they could. "Why do the nations conspire, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and his anointed, saying, 'Let us burst their bonds asunder, and cast their cords from us.'” (Ps. 2)

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Feb. 07, 2014 7:25 AM ET USA

    I almost fell off my chair when I read your headline; I misread it and thought for a moment it said "Muslim leader" rather than "Mormon leader". I know beyond question that no British court would even consider summoning a Muslim leader regardless of what he did.

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