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Non-Mormons in Utah feel frustrations of being a minority

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- "I think majority sentiment frequently ignores that which is different,'' says John Norman, president of Salt Lake City's Judge Memorial Catholic High School. "They just didn't recognize that their actions left people out." While growing up in the Northern Utah town of Logan, Norman remembered being left out of birthday parties and boy scout events, simply because he was Catholic in a predominantly Mormon town.

Non-Mormons who move to Utah have similar stories to tell.

Claudia O'Grady, executive director of Multi-Ethnic Development Corporation says that ``It's like the big gate in front of our relationship and if I say 'Yes, I'm LDS,' the gates open. If I say 'No,' then those gates don't open just yet.'' O'Grady moved to Salt Lake City from New York City five years to direct her company, which builds affordable housing. Her religious beliefs, combined with her gender, present a barrier in business.

"People of power in the LDS organization are men, and I feel I will never be part of that fraternity,'' O'Grady said. "I want to feel equal, and I don't.''

Elder Cecil O. Samuelson Jr., of the First Quorum of the Seventy, agrees that "There are some things we can change. We can talk about the perceptions when a little child is the only one not invited to a birthday party." But Samuelson suggests that any change will be limited. "I don't think you'll find us changing our doctrine. We are going to continue to suggest that people marry within their faith because we think that is positive,'' he said.


Non-Mormons in Utah feel frustrations of being a minority
San Jose CA Mercury News (AP) 28Aug00 N1


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