Mormons: Prosperity & Protest

Last week 8,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints gathered in Salt Lake City's Mormon Tabernacle to commemorate the 137th anniversary of the founding of the largest and strongest made-in-America faith. As usual, church leaders presented impressive testimonials to the thriving success of Mormonism. Since 1940, membership in the church has more than tripled, to 2,600,000. Last year alone, the church gained 117,000 new members. Two-thirds of the new comers were converts netted by the 12,000Mormon missionaries who toil from New England to New Zealand.

Financially, the church...

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