X-mas day on a Sunday, and I've been pulled out of bed to listen to some old man talk about his childhood in the church, and all the silly little things he asked his parents and/or teachers. This got me thinking about the silly little questions the teachers had asked/told me when I was a child in the Mormon Inc. There was one little odd question that stuck out more than most. I was about 12 years of age, and a teacher asked everyone, "If a gun was pointed at your head, and the gun holder said that if you told him you were a Mormon/LDS Member, he would blow your head off, what would you say to him?"
In all honesty, I can rightly tell you that I didn't have an answer for that particular question at that moment, but the first thought that came to my mind was 'I'm not a Mormon,' and this I said. Needless to say, my parents gave me a long winded talk about this.
Why would anyone ask that to a kid? Were they expected them to be a fanatic and get their heads blown off?
Yes, the Morg is fanatical and expect you to get your head blown-off as a matter of principal, as well as die to avoid rape, and many other crazy things.
When I was a 12 year old believer, I don't know what I would have said, but guess I would have said no, I'm not Mormon. At age 20, I probably would have said I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, go ahead and pull the trigger. At age 40, I probably would have said no again.
Now days, I would lie to anyone that threatened bodily harm. I would say anything I thought would create the best chance of me surviving harm. I hate people lying to me and will not lie to others except for responding to nasty people, like the above scenario. I also will tell white lies once in a while.
Was the person holding the gun an Ex-Mormon? I would ask him, "Who in the church has offended you, or did you commit a 'major' sin?", because that is what everyone in the church assumes. Maybe you could use it as a missionary opportunity to heal the gunman's lost soul. LOL
I think I would have told a truth as 12 year old out of fear of god and some weird desire to suffer for the church. But now, even though I think telling the truth is essential to a good life, I would lie to a psycho killer. No problem.
A psycho doesn't deserve the truth more than I deserve to live.
(And I agree with you - what the hell kind of manipulative question is that to ask kids, anyway?!)
I remember people talking when I was younger about how someday the world would be so wicked that members of the church would be persecuted like they were in biblical times again. It was frightening to me because I didn't think I could ever be strong enough to face torture and death and still not deny anything.