Although my feelings regarding the church are somewhat harsher than those represented in this petition, I feel that this is a positive movement and would benefit from support of the masses.
I have to sort of agree with EK, my problem is complete apathy. I would be more inclined to object to other religious beliefs I find more harsh, except I don't care about them either. I don't mean to rain on your parade, I think it is a great idea, just not my natural inclination.
The 12 might still weigh the petition and find it wanting if there tens of thousands of signatures on it. The task is far too difficult for any uninspired man to accomplish. How can a leader acknowledge that the Book of Mormon at best, can only see seen as an allegory? It has been taught for far too many decades as a fact, the truth, from the word of God in integrity. To satisfy truth would cause a huge rift in the membership; the faithful would fall away, those who applaud the honesty would be encouraged to stay.
The reason I am behind this petition is not so much in the expectation of response from the church, but in the value of taking a stand against the deception the church represents. I am pulling back the curtain on the wizard because I detest the myth and all that it represents. Evolution of church doctrine and culture will be slow in coming, but nothing will happen until people speak out and demand change.
If you truly want the church to ever admit their deceit than you need to find a investigative journalist that has not been bought off. To not only do an interview with a church leader but who is committed to finding and presenting the truth.
Second provide them with the evidence that the church has indeed lied. For example if while being interviewed the journalist would have had documented proof that the church leader was lying and denying teaching a less popular peculiar belief and doctrine. Then the journalist could fire back exposing the doctrine that proves that the church taught or teaches it. They get away with lying to the press because of the journalist's ignorance about mormonism.
You almost need a journalist who used to be a mormon or a jounalist to go undercover pretending to be mormon armed with all of the documentation and evidence. The church will never admit they have lied or twisted white washed or deceived anyone as long as their lie is not exposed by undeniable evidence. They rewrite their history all the time.
That's the only way to ever get them to admit they have lied. But even then they'll probably weasel out.
Intriguing as it is, I think a very well done expose' would still fail. I say this only because the leadership can weasel out of just about anything; they have been doing so for so long. Besides anything nowadays that they lie about could be excused away be saying the local source of such "information," was misguided or did not have all the truth.
Peopl who'se beliefs are under attack will surely dig in their heels to fight back. It is a rare individual who will face such and pause to question their own beliefs.
As it is as time goes on all religions will water themselves down to fit the modern world.
I appreciate your post.
It is my opinion that although you are justified and fully within your rights to demand the truth, the church has already shown that it is not willing to do what you are asking it to do. A full and honest disclosure of the true history of the church and its founders would result in the most catastrophic exodus of the churches members. It is in the best interest of the church to maintain its current position, if it wishes to preach another day.
Perhaps the most insideous and frustrating teaching that is emplyed to blind and control their members is the idea that any and all criticisms of the church, whether written from within or without, are nothing more than "anti-mormon" and should be immediately disregarded as absolute falsehood. Members are simply taught, even programmed from birth, to ignore any and all arguments against their faith. They are basically born into mental slavery and are not only glad of their chains, but are willing to defend their slavery from any and all liberators who would come to their rescue.
I wish you the best of luck with your petition. I would even add my own name to it. Just know that I do not have high hopes for any positive outcome, and that I think it would be far more productive to liberate as many members as possible from their ridiculous dogmatic belief in the creations of an absolute charlatan.