Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Suit Charges Mormon Church With Intentional Misrepresentation of Its History

A former member of the Mormon Church filed suit this week in a Utah federal district court accusing the "Mormon Corporate Empire" of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, RICO violations and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The 75-page complaint (full text) in Gaddy v. Corporation of the President of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (D UT, filed 8/5/2019), asks for certification as a class action and contends:
2. This is not a claim for propagating false religious beliefs as part of the Mormon Church. Rather, it is a claim that the material facts upon which Mormonism is based have been manipulated through intentional concealment, misrepresentation, distortion and or obfuscation by the COP to contrive an inducement to faith in Mormonism’s core beliefs.
3. For almost 200 years, the COP, through its agent leaders, has represented Mormonism to be the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ, claiming that the divine authority essential to that gospel (Melchizedek and Aaronic priesthoods) was taken from the Earth after Christ’s crucifixion. It was purportedly restored hundreds of years later to Joseph Smith, Jr....
4. When the true facts are substituted for the longstanding false orthodox narrative, the story that emerges has shocked devoted Mormons who have made life-altering decisions based upon a scheme of lies.
Courthouse News Service reports on the filing of the lawsuit.