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By Vickie Speek
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Non-Mormon Editorial Writer Discusses 'Trash Talk' About Mormons

OGDEN, UTAH -- A guest editorial in the Billings Gazette has challenged the trash talking that some people do about Mormons. Barbara Schuster, a writer from Ogden, Utah tells how she constantly runs into people who want to harangue the Mormon religion.

Once people hear she's from Utah, Schuster says they invariably ask her if she is a Mormon. "Once I answer, 'No,' they want to talk trash about the Mormons," she reports. Most of the time, Schuster and her husband stop the trash talking by smiling and replying, "No, we're not Mormon. But most of our neighbors are. What nice people!" But some people won't stop, she says.

Schuster writes about a co-worker who was afraid the Mormons would shun his family if they moved to Utah and a woman she met on an airplane who said Mormons were "scary."

The peculiarity of polygamy a hundred and fifty years ago may have justified some fear and anger from outsiders, while the Mormons' peculiar customs of forgoing coffee and alcohol and trying to remain chaste until marriage are now considered strange. But answers are sorely lacking as to why it's acceptable to talk about Mormons this way, Schuster concludes.


Guest Opinion: It can be tough to halt 'trash talk' against Mormons
Billings MT Gazette 5Jan02 ON1
By Barbara Schuster: Utah Writer


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