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Postby Brian Jordan » Fri Mar 21, 2014 1:25 pm

You've probably seen the case of the man suing the leader of the Mormon church for fraud. I thought that this was just about plagiarism and the invention of golden tablets but the report of the dismissal of the case shows that there was more.
The summons alleged that, between February 2008 and December 2013, Mr Monson had induced two men to pay an "annual tithe" based on teachings which were untrue.

These included teachings maintaining:

*there were no deaths on Earth before 6,000 years ago
*all humans are descended from two people who lived pproximately 6,000 years ago
*Joseph Smith translated the Book Of Mormon from ancient gold plates and it is historically accurate
*Native Americans are descended from Israelites who left Jerusalem in 600BC
The first two could equally well be used in any case brought against Ken Ham or other YEC leaders but the judge determined that these matters cannot be adjudicated in a secular court.
"To convict, a jury would need to be sure that the religious teachings of the Mormon Church are untrue or misleading," he said.

"No judge in a secular court in England and Wales would allow that issue to be put to a jury."

BBC religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott said a court decision to pursue the case would have had "awkward implications" for other religions.

He said a "ruling against the literal truth of Adam and Eve" could have been seen as the "start of a slippery slope" of legal challenges to religious beliefs.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26666144
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