Paul Mero Splits From The Church

You know, never thought I’d see the day when Paul Mero and the Sutherland Institute split from the LDS (Mormon) Church. mero

Earlier this week LDS Inc supported the Salt Lake City Council in passing fair workplace and housing ordinances, making it illegal in Salt Lake City to deny a person housing or a job based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Ironically, two of the loudest and brash local anti-humanity groups who normally use the Mormon Church as their claim to morality broke sides with the Church that they claim to believe is always in the right. The “America Forever” Rodriguez family spoke out immediately at the public hearing before the City Council but although Sutherland’s Jeffrey Reynolds was in the crowd, Sutherland did not immediately made a statement.

November 10th however, featured a small statement hidden away on one of their sub pages saying that the LDS Church’s view on the matter was “parochial” and essentially incorrect as allowing someone who is LGBT to keep their home can only lead to same-sex marriage. They went on to say that the Church’s statement were just a PR stunt and that the LDS leadership is just trying to “assuage the minds and soften the hearts of advocates of “gay rights” in Utah.”

Now the critical bit about this new statement from the “Meronites” is the essential bond that has always existed between Sutherland and the Mormon Church. The vast majority of Sutherland’s “constituents” are faithful LDS members, which means that Sutherland is now in essence trying to “lead the flock away” from the teachings of the prophet. Wait… did Mero just join the dark side? How will he answer that fun fun temple recommend question that questions if he is associated with any organization that goes against what the Church has said?

Well either way, I don’t know where Sutherland can go from here as they may quickly find out what happens to organizations that aren’t on the same side as the Mormons in Utah. I wonder if their followers will catch on, or if Sutherland will sweep this under the rug and pretend like the Church never spoke at all?

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17 responses to this post.

  1. Mero is going to Hell in a handbasket, I tell you.

    What do you do when the crutch you’ve been using (without permission) to prop up your teetering, unChristian “Christian Morals Squad” suddenly bites you on the ass and says: “Hey, quit being such a dick”?

    Poor Paul.

    Hey does this mean we get another offshoot like the FLDS?

    Paul and Gayle’s Latter Day Haters?


  2. That’s good. I’m calling them that from now on.


  3. Nice piece Eric. The “Meronites” are on the path of Ruzicka and her squad, hopefully soon to be relegated to the trash-heap of fringe fanaticism. It’s pretty sad when you’re too conservative to fit within the confines of Mormonism.


    • Posted by ethingtoneric on November 12, 2009 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks Bob! It’s really interesting to watch this development between Paul Mero, The Sutherland Institute, Gayle Ruzicka, The Eagle Forum and America Forever and the LDS / Mormon Church. They’re very clearly going directly against Church principles on gay / lgbt rights for the first time. I’m extremely interested to see if this results in a drop in membership or donations for them all.


  4. I wonder how many of the LDS leaders Mero actually knows personally. Many of them have very liberal views in their private lives.


    • Posted by ethingtoneric on November 12, 2009 at 3:09 pm

      Good question. There definitely seems to be a “good ol’ boys” club going between people like Paul Mero, Chris Buttars and the LDS / Mormon hierarchy doesn’t there?


      • Boys club? Possibly. I can see that. What I actually meant, though, was that Mero assumes to speak for the leadership of the LDS church when he says they were merely trying to ““assuage the minds and soften the hearts of advocates of “gay rights” in Utah.” That’s like saying there’s salt in the sea and nothing else. The leadership of the LDS Church is made up of living, breathing people just like you and me, and some of them truly believe that it’s time for a change. They may not go about it the way we’d like or as quickly as we’d like, but to dismiss it is merely political and doesn’t speak to the whole picture.

      • Posted by ethingtoneric on November 14, 2009 at 9:55 am


        That’s a good point. Most of these organizations and their leaders (primarily speaking of Paul Mero of The Sutherland Institute and Gayle Ruzicka of the Eagle Forum) show an extraordinary level of arrogance in their “preachings.” They assume because they believe they are faithful that they know the minds and the hearts of the general leadership of the LDS / Mormon Church in Utah and around the world. However as you said, the leadership of the Church are living and breathing people, and all things are constantly in motion. Never say never, for tomorrow it is sure to change.

  5. Posted by Kate on November 12, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Wow. That’s very surprising! Thanks for the update Eric.


  6. Posted by Dominique on November 12, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Meroni Chapter 666

    1. And behold, there arose a great contention between the Church of the Lamb and the Meronites and the Ruzickites.

    2. Yea, a great cry arose from the followers of the Lamb of God that the Meronites and the Ruzickites had fallen into the same temptation as had their brethren, the Zoramites who were of the Nephite Nation.

    3. Lo, they had built their own new version of the Rameumptom in the churches that had been built by the faithful of the land, in an attempt to overthrow the prophets and bishops of the church of the Lamb of God.

    4. And it came to pass that on their holy day, being Sunday, which is the seventh day of the week, they would gather in the churches of the Lamb of God and climb up onto their Rameumptom, stretch forth their arms and cry out in a loud voice repeating the same prayer as their brethren.

    5. “Oh Holy, Holy God; we know that Thou art God and we know that Thou art the only God and that Thou hast chosen us to be a holy people. We know that Thou hast blessed us to be above those sinners and evil doers who do not follow the scriptures Thou hast given us.

    6. We know that we have translated Thy scriptures in the only true and correct way and that Thou hast blessed us above all others with holy ability to translate the scriptures as we see fit using our blessed Translator Hat of our true prophet, Joseph Smith.

    7. Oh Holy, Holy God; We know that Thou will give us power of these sinners who threaten violence against the holy traditional marriage that Thou hast given us through the governments and contract makers blessed to be superior to Same Sex Attracted sinners.

    8. Oh Holy, Holy God; We know that we are blessed among all people to have been born white and delightsome and Mormon and in Zion.

    9. We know that Thou wilt smite the evil homosexual agenda and the false prophets disguised as public relations brethren of the Church of the Lamb of God.

    10. We know that Thou hast called upon us to call our prophet to repentance for allowing the City of Salt Lake, in the Land of Zion, to make legal the safe and fair housing and employment of those who are not holy because they are not of our fold.

    11. Holy God, we believe that thou hast separated us from our brethren; and we do not believe in the tradition of our brethren, which was handed down to them by the childishness of their fathers; but we believe that thou hast aelected us to be thy bholy children; and also thou hast made it known unto us that cthere shall be dno Christ.

    12. But thou art the same yesterday, today, and forever; and thou hast aelected us that we shall be saved, whilst all around us are elected to be cast by thy wrath down to hell; for the which holiness, O God, we thank thee; and we also thank thee that thou hast elected us, that we may not be led away after the foolish traditions of our brethren, which doth bbind them down to a belief of Christ, which doth lead their hearts to wander far from thee, our God.

    13. And again we thank thee, O God, that we are a chosen and a holy people. Amen.


    • Posted by ethingtoneric on November 13, 2009 at 9:02 am

      Dominique –
      You’re amazing, I hope you know that! Paul Mero, The Sutherland Institute, Gayle Ruzicka and the Eagle Forum must be out of their minds thinking they can fight against gay rights advocates, same sex marriage advocates, these local workplace and housing ordinances in Salt Lake City Utah, AND the LDS / Mormon Church who supported these rights!


    • Dom, this is outstandingly clever! I had no idea you were such a talented writer! I love the delivery system for your message. I do wonder whether Mero et al are smart enough to catch it.


  7. In our interview with Sutherland this week, we got an interesting response when I asked “So are you saying that church leaders ‘got this one wrong’?”

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    (First 20min of the first hour)


  8. Posted by Mam Mam on November 13, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Wow, Dominique. Wow wow wow. Salaams your way…


  9. Posted by Eric M. Fancy on November 13, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Paul Mero is such a wise man. I wish that the Sutherland Institute would use their vast understanding of the human brain to solve other non-disputed items by the AMA.

    Paul Mero’s reference of Homosexuality as an “illusion” is so misguided it would be funny if it was so pathetic.

    Also I love how Paul Mero has absolutely no empathy for Homosexuals yet is asking for everyone’s sympathy and empathy for his own religious beliefs and practices.

    Paul Mero you are a sad sad sad person.


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