I just read an article in the Mormon Times about the top Mormon-media news stories of the year. Ranked #4 was the confusion over the FLDS (the fundamental polygamists) being identified as LDS. The columnist was lamenting the fact that many in the media, even though they made clear that it was not part of the LDS Church, still described it as a “Mormon sect” or as a “Mormon splinter group”.
As I read the article, I couldn’t help see some irony in the situation – especially when this was compared to the #2 story – Mitt Rommey’s presidential bid and the confusion in the media over whether the LDS Church was a Christian Church. There are less doctrinal differences separating the FLDS from LDS than there are separating the LDS from Christianity. Therefore if the LDS Church strenuously fights to be identified as Christian, why is it upset when the media identifies the FLDS as Mormon? It doesn’t seem right, in one case, to fight for identification, while, at the same time, in the other case fighting to deny identification.
At the very least, maybe the situation with the LDS and the FLDS will help individual Mormons understand the feelings of Christians who don’t like the LDS Church to be identified as Christian. If the LDS Church wants to be identified as Christian, it should be consistent and not resist the identification of the FLDS as Mormon.