I don't know how many of you subscribe to FAIR's free internet monthly
newsletter, or even care about the issues it addresses, but here's their
December 2002 newsletter. There's a link in there to an excellent
article that addresses the Tom Murphy affair. Mr. Murphy has been
portrayed as an intellectual whose membership is in danger because of
what he has written as a scholar. The facts are quite different; an
obscure academic (he teaches at a community college in a department with
only one full-time member -- himself) his work was actually commissioned
by an anti-Mormon group for publication in one of their periodicals, he
was paid for this, and he also misrepresents LDS doctrine. The press has
portrayed him as a "devout Mormon" when in fact he disengaged from
Church activity in 1993 -- by his own admission.
FAIR is the Foundation for Apologetics Information and Research, an
unofficial group that publishes material to counter anti-Mormon claims.
It has no connection to the Church and this should be kept in mind.
Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland
“Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give lustre, and many
more people see than weigh.” – Lord Chesterfield
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