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5.0 out of 5 stars Kay Burningham makes her case!, 26 Feb 2014
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This review is from: An American Fraud. One Lawyer's Case against Mormonism (Kindle Edition)
Kay Burningham's book is in two parts. The first few chapters are semi-autobiographical, giving a view of her life and times within the Mormon cult, partly spent in the Salt Lake valley. There are snippets of information regarding the truth behind the hoax of Mormonism included along the way. They are integrated well and you quickly get to know Kay and her experiences in a well written, enthralling (and informative) way. It gets more intense in the rest of the book where Kay describes many more aspects of Mormon Church history and claimed beliefs which are based on provable fiction.

This forms the basis of a 'case' against the Church - for using knowingly fraudulent claims in teaching members and investigators, who then not only live according to Mormon dictates but also part with ten percent of their income annually, in order to attend Mormon temples in this life and claim a 'celestial' heavenly abode in the next. Kay views Church claims as a trial lawyer with three decades of experience and puts the case for fraud very clearly and succinctly. Proof that so-called Mormon scriptures are of dubious nineteenth century origin and that Church leaders must know the truth are exposed constantly. There is not too much in the way of legal jargon and the salient points can be easily followed. There are interesting appendices featuring details of actual cases against the Church, usually regarding abuse by leaders or employees, and also case histories of other trials where people made claims against religious organisations.

In light of the currently pending case against the Mormon Church in the UK, where the Mormon leader, Thomas S. Monson, has been summoned to appear in front of magistrates in London (in March 2014), charged with some of the same fraudulent claims Kay discusses, it will be interesting to see if anything comes of the case. There is no doubt about the fraud, it is provable in law, but will the court decide to prosecute the Church or will it fight shy of interfering with religious freedom to defraud people? Time will tell. Meanwhile, Kay's book is a great precursor to the forthcoming real life 'case' against Monson as sole owner of the 'corporation' which isn't actually registered as a Church in the traditional manner at all.

I can't say I personally learned anything new in this book, but that is not surprising as I have written five volumes on Mormonism myself and would have been surprised had I missed much. However, I can say I thoroughly enjoyed the ride through this well documented and engaging read which will be enjoyed by anyone wanting to know the truth or just wanting to know how things may be viewed from a legal perspective. It is worthy of five stars, both from the 'readabilty' and also 'accuracy' points of view. If, like me, there is not a lot more you could learn about the Church per se, I think you would still enjoy this book and Kay's experiences, her refreshing and unusual approach to discussing the hoax, and her logical conclusions.

Jim Whitefield ~ author of 'The Mormon Delusion' series.
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