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artist: Carl Kruger
title: "We Devour Our Own"
1. Blood Atonement
2. Suicide State
3. Institutionalized Shame
4. Bring Them Your Young
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Bio/statement: "It’s been said that Mormonism is the ultimate American religion: it’s founders localized the main Characters of the Christian Bible in the new world through fantastical stretches of the imagination Without so much as a shred of physical evidence; the early church adopted the role of underdogs as their leaderships urged them on from one bankrupted promised land after another, in a westward move that mirrored that of the homesteaders and fortune seekers of the periods; the tenements of their faith were based on the claims of a convicted quack whose extraordinary story defies the logic of all but the most creative Hollywood script writer and capable director; their command over their own exemplifies the American trait of establishing your place in history; their ability to self adjust to the times, as evident in the thousands upon thousands of on going changes to their holy book reflects the American ideal of reinvention - all of these represent a religion whose origins could have only occurred when and where it did. Mormonism, like America, loves its champions by punishing its failures.
01 “Blood Atonement” Blood atonement was a practice of the early Mormon Church which served as a punishment for sins believed to be beyond the forgiveness of Christ. The church held that only the sacrificial spilling of the sinner’s blood onto the ground would save them from eternal damnation. This was done by firing squad or decapitation. It is thought that the practice contributed to a culture of violence which lead to further acts of violence on non-Mormon individuals during the time. While blood atonement is no longer recognized by mainstream LDS leadership, it remains an important doctrine of Mormon fundamentalism, and is cited as playing a role in some Utah death penalty trials.
02 “Suicide State” Suicide is a huge problem is Utah. In fact, the Center for Disease control in Atlanta has reported that Utah has the highest percentage of suicidal thoughts among adults in the country. It should be noted that while no clinical studies into the co-relation of Mormonism and Utah’s suicide problem have been conducted, one need only consider the intense sociality pressures placed on the individual by a religious sect as demanding as the Mormon Church to understand the link between the church and its members suicide rates and thoughts. In the interest of fairness, one could debate the link is suspect, as LDS apologists do, however, the ill effect of regimented dogma on the human psyche have been well documented.
03 “Institutionalized Shame” While guilt has played a central role of religious thought since the invention of deities, few have taken the concept of shaming as far as the Mormons. In large part this is due to the expectation of members to publicly admit to their short comings, only to be submitted to emotional manipulation as a consequence. Former members of the church commonly cite the use of shame by the LDS leadership (or the Mormon Corporation, as it is often called) in the insisting in the perfection of its fallible membership - drinking coffee or women owning more then one pair of earrings are punishable acts requiring prolonged, and public, atonement. While seemingly insignificant to the outsider, it is this type of conditioning via shame that molds and affects the mental and emotional health of the membership who are continually reduced to the status of naughty children.
04 ‘Bring Them Your Young” Amongst the many troubling aspects of the founding of the Mormon church, the sexual exploitation of underage children by the leadership might be the most heinous. After establishing his church, LDS founder Joseph Smith was caught having an affair with an underage girl. A fellow LDS founder, disgusted with the relationship, brought it to Smith’s attention that what he was doing was immoral. Smith responded by having him excommunicated. To avoid the messy business of excommunicating future meddlers in his private affairs, and to lay the ground for Pluralist marriages in the church, Smith announced that he’d received a revelation stating that polygamy was favored By God. Interestingly enough, this revelation came in 1843, a decade after Smith had been practicing polygamy while teaching of it pre-revelation evil. During Smith’s life, he married seven documented underage women, the last of which were both 14 years old. Child brides are still common in fundamental Mormon sects, with children routinely as young as 12 being married to church leaders."
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