Another blogger, Samuel the Utahnite broke the news that an Evangelical ministry is planning a massive DVD distrubtion this coming Sunday, March 25. They plan on leaving a video on the doorsteps of people across the country. Particularly in Utah. I should note that Samuel is against this video, but is an anti-Mormon himself. If you don’t want to read anti-Mormon material, you should not visit his site.
The video can be previewed “early”, so to speak, on Google video. I watched it this afternoon. You can see the film here: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=802338958263280034 Again, if you don’t want to see Anti-Mormon material, do not click on the link.
Some are already comparing it to “The Godmakers”. I think this comparison is a little stronger than appropriate and just a simple way to dismiss it. From what I could see they got all of their facts straight and didn’t distort anything to make it worse than it is. Faithful LDS may disagree with their conclusions on certain matters, but the facts at least are straight. For example, they discuss Joseph’s adultery, polygamy and wearing of the Jupiter Talisman and conclude that he was skirt-chaser. LDS apologist who agree with the same facts, do not conclude that he was unrighteous in his actions or his character. I didn’t see much in the film about the life of Joseph Smith that you wouldn’t find in “Rough Stone Rolling”.
I don’t know what real positive good will come from video bombing the LDS community though. If anything I think it will just convince people further that the church is being persecuted. And because it’s persecuted by outsiders (or Evangelicals), we shouldn’t talk with anyone from outside the church (or Evangelicals). Which, I think, would be a tragedy for both of us.
I’ll also throw in that I think they misapplied the 10 commandments by saying that “God would never condone lying”. I disagree. I think the Bible quite clearly teaches honesty, but there are times when lying may be appropriate (hiding Jews from Nazis for example).
Since the news is out, that this is happening, it will be interesting to see how the LDS church responds. I don’t see them issuing a statement to all members that they are forbidden from watching the video. That would likely backfire for a number of reasons. My guess is that FARMS will issue a paper that will be too long and complicated for anyone to actually read. But many will feel that everything in the video is disproven because FARMS wrote a rebuttal to it, regardless of the contents of the article.
Interested to hear what my LDS friends here think of the video and the approach of dropping it on doorsteps.