Kay Burningham
An American Fraud: One Lawyer's Case Against Mormonism
January 10, 2019 Comments.. 390
An American Fraud One Lawyer s Case Against Mormonism AN AMERICAN FRAUD One Lawyer s Case against Mormonism Each of us has to face the matter either the Church is true or it is a fraud There is no middle ground It is the Church and kingdom of God or it

  • Title: An American Fraud: One Lawyer's Case Against Mormonism
  • Author: Kay Burningham
  • ISBN: 9780615465890
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Paperback
  • AN AMERICAN FRAUD One Lawyer s Case against Mormonism Each of us has to face the matter either the Church is true, or it is a fraud There is no middle ground It is the Church and kingdom of God or it is nothing LDS President Gordon B Hinckley, April Conference, 2003 Many Mormons assume that this and other similar proclamations by Mormon Leaders are rhetorical stateAN AMERICAN FRAUD One Lawyer s Case against Mormonism Each of us has to face the matter either the Church is true, or it is a fraud There is no middle ground It is the Church and kingdom of God or it is nothing LDS President Gordon B Hinckley, April Conference, 2003 Many Mormons assume that this and other similar proclamations by Mormon Leaders are rhetorical statements But what if the LDS leaders meant something else It is estimated that than 1 1.5 million Mormons have resigned from the LDS Church since 1995 This book exposes why there is such a recent, formal abandonment of Mormonism by, in many cases, previously devout members of the Church Admittedly, the LDS Church stands or falls, on the divinity of The Book of Mormon However, it has been proven that The Book of Mormon is not a translation of ancient American history engraved in reformed Egyptian, on golden plates buried by an early American prophet Instead, it has been shown to be a 19th century work of fiction authored by Joseph Smith and perhaps others Until the advent of widespread internet access, most members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, the Mormons, rarely read outside the strictly proscribed canonized scriptures, books and magazines approved by Church leaders But over the past 10 15 years, Mormons have begun to discover facts about LDS history that had only previously been known to very few, mainly scholarly historians of Mormonism Through the discovery of these primary historical sources, now available on numerous internet sites, most intelligent and curious Mormons have reached a critical point and are furious If they read, they have become disaffected and disoriented Many are experiencing existential crises Those who refuse to look outside Mormon Society for Truth have become increasingly self righteous and insular Older Mormons are confused and frightened The first third of An American Fraud One Lawyer s Case against Mormonism, chronicles the Author s journey out of the Religion The second two thirds of the Book, the last six chapters, are an expose including an analysis under the law The Author, an experienced civil trial attorney, places the activities of Mormon Leaders over almost two centuries in their proper legal framework, analyzing not only the misrepresentations, but the resulting damages political, environmental and especially psycho social Ms Burningham writes that a determination of whether Mormon Leaders have historically misrepresented the origins of LDS theology does not involve a judicial evaluation of the truth of religious beliefs and is therefore not beyond the reach of the American legal system it is not constitutionally barred The issue is not whether Jesus Christ is the Son of God, or the efficacy of prayer These things could never be determined by a secular court of law Instead, the fraud committed by generations of Mormon Leaders is that they have misrepresented the facts surrounding the source of their scriptures, presenting that source as divine, when they have known otherwise Neither the golden plates, nor the writings by the Old Testament prophet Abraham, claimed to have been inscribed on purchased Egyptian papyri, ever existed Further, the claimed visitations by biblical apostles to restore lost priesthoods to Smith and his colleagues never occurred And yet for decades LDS leaders have at least ignored, if not suppressed and grossly misrepresented, what has been proven to be the true facts surrounding Mormonism s origins, reworking and re packaging the founding facts and the theology as necessary Those who joined the Church or continued on in the Religion reasonably relied on LDS leaders misrepresentations to their significant detriment Given what has been proven about its sources, the Author claims that the Mormon Religion cannot continue to be defended under any guise as a religious organization for the good of its members.

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    1. Jim Whitefield says:

      Kay Burningham's book is in two parts. The first few chapters are semi-autobiographical, giving a view of her life and times within the Mormon cult, partly spent in the Salt Lake valley. There are snippets of information regarding the truth behind the hoax of Mormonism included along the way. They are integrated well and you quickly get to know Kay and her experiences in a well written, enthralling (and informative) way. It gets more intense in the rest of the book where Kay describes many more [...]

    2. Michael says:

      Two for one.The first half of the book is memoir outlining her personal struggle with Mormonism, Patriarchy, and individual freedom. The second half is a lawyer's definitive, critical, and authoritative case against the church. This is the book you do not want to read if you are not willing to be set free. She nails your eyelids open. Should be on every bookshelf in Utah for starters and on every desk in the United States Congress.

    3. Cindy says:

      Lots of interesting things revealed regarding the history and creation of a uniquely American religion. Of special interest is the less-than-wholesome character of the religion's founders, Joseph Smith and Brigham Young.

    4. Casey says:

      Formatting errors, but you come to expect that with a kindle. I've read my fair share of books about the Mormon faith, and this one is yet another account of the bitter taste Mormonism leaves in it's disenchanted apostates. Told from the perspective of a trial lawyer, Ms. Burningham presents us with a look at her life growing up in the Mormon church at the beginning of the book. She then shifts gears and presents empirical evidence that suggests the Mormon religion is anything but what the Mormo [...]

    5. Shane says:

      Currently only 39% of the way through, but two important things:The first section, while only earning about 3/5 stars in my mind, is an important window into what it is like growing up Mormon. Some of it is more the authors personal experience and only reflect how badly the culture treats women, but it is well worth reading. The second half is more damning. Historical records, documents, court cases, testimony. All well documented. The fact that this religion is allowed to exist given their hist [...]

    6. Sara says:

      Ms. Burningham opens with a touching account of her early years within the LDS faith. She follows with an extensively researched look at the history behind the churches early years. Her detailed outline debunks many of the myths perpetuated by the LDS church. This is a fascinating read for anyone interested in the history of religions or the LDS faith. Well written, clear, and concise.

    7. Rebyj says:

      I enjoyed An American Fraud very much. The first part of the book is the author's own story and experience as a Mormon and the rest of the book is a well presented history of the religion. I'm not a Mormon and found it entertaining and informative.

    8. Richard says:

      Kay Burningham was born into Mormonism,steeped in its culture and shaped by it. When she was old enough she went to college (Mormon) and studied law. And this is why she is the ideal person to write this book.The book is comprised of two sections. The first is really a memoir outlining the author's life from her seemingly idyllic child hood through a difficult early adulthood to difficult relationships and marriages. The second part in a look at the history of Mormonism, highlighting the inconsi [...]

    9. Maida says:

      As I progress in this well documented book, I find that there have been so many who have totally investigated the validity of the Book of Mormon, it was somewhat surprising to me. I always like to investigate issues when there is lots of documentation. I try to imagine myself in that time with the issues at hand. I am totally enjoying this book and would recommend it to all. I do not think this would change anyone's firm testimony of the Book Of Mormon if they have had witness of its authenticit [...]

    10. Roger says:

      Certainly worth a read for those of us not LDS and living in Utah. Ms. Burningham provides considerable documentation to support her distaste of the the LDS church, from its founding to today. I agree with her on its very patriarchal, somewhat racist, shaky theology and inflated strength in the world. The focus on wealth by this church is also troubling. However, her viewpoint is from someone obviously badly hurt by "the Church" and at times this comes across as a little too vindictive and emoti [...]

    11. Jamie says:

      A long but interesting read. In the first half of the book Burnigham relates personal narratives of growing up as a Mormon in Utah, attending BYU, and the apparent emotional difficulty it caused her. I can definitely understand her challenges, but it does seem like she assumes the victim all too readily in accounting for some of her personal problems. The road she has taken in her departure from Mormonism has been rough, and I was glad to learn she was finally able to escape what can only be exp [...]

    12. Chuck Springer says:

      Generally I like to read books that take an objective view and at least attempt to provide a balanced approach. I knew from the title that the book would be biased, but dove in anyway. I found her personal story fascinating and tragic at times. I empathized with the author's struggle of faith, as she came across uncorrelated LDS history. Additionally, the information quality and supporting documentation are generally high, comprising of about 15% of the book, almost 700 citations. Yet the depth [...]

    13. Liz says:

      Long, but worth the read. Part biography and part treatise on the problems in Mormonism, I found this book well-written and well-researched. Her crotiques of Mormonism are well-founded and cover a wide range of historic and current damaging ideas and practices. So much of it felt familiar; I've thought many of the things she wtote as I grew up in and then left the Mormon church. A solid description of nearly every issue that causes people to leave the church.

    14. AlegnaB † says:

      The first part of the book was biography, but it jumped all around in time so that it was somewhat confusing. There was a little too much information when it came to her sex life.The history of Mormonism in the second part of the book is interesting. I had known about some of it, but I learned a lot from this book.

    15. David Katherman says:

      fascinating read. I learned a ton about the church reading this. I'll freely admit she has some hefty bias, but a lot of the documents and primary sources stand alone and this book is extensively researched and documented. Reccomend it.

    16. Michael Goldman says:

      Interesting insight into the history and workings of the LDS. The kindle version I read had many formatting and editorial errors.

    17. Jacob says:

      Rigorously and Wonderfully CandidIt's about time the truth be learned concerning the Mormon Church.I'm sure God has a special place in he'll for Joe Smith and his henchmen!

    18. Marcia Bailey says:

      This is a book that is extremely well researched and documented.

    19. Ruth says:

      An American FraudI am so thankful to see and read about people discovering the real truth about the deception of the Mormon Church. Thank you Kay for sharing this story with us.

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