How can I get in touch with you?
What’s your goal here?
I started this blog as a way to reach out to the vast, silent masses of disaffected Mormons who were going through the same crisis of faith that I was several years ago. As any ex-Mormon can tell you, the LDS church is rubbish at dealing with doubt and treats questioning believers with contempt and suspicion. I was eventually able to escape the Cult of Salt Lake and am now eager to provide the sort of support to new apostates that was once given to me. I’m happy to be a friendly ear, a shoulder to cry on, and a platform for your anonymous or public voice. I never tell anyone what to do, but I strongly speak out against the superstitions, lies, unfounded claims, poor logic, and abuse that stems from religion.
Where are you?
I travel a lot and when at home I spoof my IP address because I like my privacy. For the time being I am living primarily in California with frequent visits back to the UK. If you are interested in grabbing a pint sometime do let me know and I’ll check my travel schedule to see if I’ll be in your time zone any time soon.
Is your name really Molly?
No. But my temple name is Miriam.
Why don’t you use your real name?
I have nothing to gain by using my real identity here. Ad Hominem attacks are pretty much the weapon of choice for reactionary believers so I want to do everything I can to keep the focus off of me and on my words. Anonymity also allows me to be honest. I have lost or severely damaged most of my family relationships because of my apostasy, and exacerbating that situation means there’s less of a chance of mending things between us.
Why do you hate Mormons?
I don’t hate Mormons. Most of them are decent enough, and many people I love dearly are Mormons. However, I take deep offence at the teachings, policies and practices of the managers and employees of the Corporation of the President and the Corporation of the Presiding Bishop who allege they are God’s One True ChurchTM.
Why do you care so much about gays? What are you, gay or something?
I am straight, probably a zero or one on the Kinsey Scale. My sexuality is unrelated to the fact that the civil rights battle of my generation is for the integration of sexual minorities as full citizens. I do not have to be gay to know that LGBTQ individuals are human beings exactly like me. A bit like how you don’t need to be a minority to be offended by racism, and you do not have to be female to fight sexism. Sorry to disappoint, but my orientation is not a choice, and I can’t stop being who I am deep down inside.
What is your current religious affiliation?
I am unaffiliated. I consider myself a Humanist and have no belief in a supreme being or personal deity of any kind. I categorise the deity of Judaism, Christianity and Islam along with deities like Thor, Krishna, and the Tooth Fairy and am opposed to referring to the cults of defunct deities as “mythological” and the cults of current deities as “religion.” It’s all the same to me.
Do you have a comment policy?
Speak your mind. You are not required to mind your manners, but it’s probably a good idea. So far my readers tend to be intelligent and outspoken, and if you say something stupid and they take you to task for it, don’t expect me to rescue you. I have no problem with commenters who are disagreeable, so long as they are constructively disagreeable. However, I prefer spirited, civil debate. I rarely ban users, and so far have had cause to show the door to only two people. One was a troll who followed the “she was asking for it” fallacy regarding rape, and the other wasted cyberspace with long, babbling, illegible comments of less literary value than viagraspam. If you find yourself suddenly unable to comment, it’s probably because I found you a waste of my time for one of the following behaviours:
- Trolling repeatedly, disrupting conversation with inflammatory, off-topic, or emotional statements.
- Use of logical fallacies, particularly begging the question, straw men, and ad hominem attacks.
- Constantly making an arse of yourself at the expense of my patience and the productivity of the conversation
Why are you so sarcastic and patronising?
I don’t want my British citizenship to be revoked. And you’re pronouncing “patronising” incorrectly.