Daniel Peterson wrote:But this doesn’t exhaust the pleasures of that message board. It is rife with personal abuse and bloodcurdling hostility, not uncommonly obscene, directed against people they don’t know and haven’t even met–against President Hinckley, Joseph Smith, the Brethren, the general membership of the Church, and even, somewhat obsessively, against one particular rather insignificant BYU professor. Ordinary members of the Church–Morgbots or Morons or Sheeple, in the jargon of the board–are routinely stereotyped as insane, tyrannical, cheap, bigoted, ill-mannered, irrational, sexually repressed, stupid, greedy, foolish, rude, poor tippers, sick, brain-dead, and uncultured. There was once even a thread–and I’m not making this up–devoted to discussing how Mormons noisily slurp their soup in restaurants. Posts frequently lament the stupidity and gullibility of Church leaders, neighbors, parents, spouses, siblings, and even offspring–who may be wholly unaware of the anonymous poster’s secret double life of contemptuous disbelief. It is a splendid cyber illustration of the finger pointing and mocking found in the “great and spacious building” of 1 Nephi. Whenever the poisonous culture of the place is criticized, however, its defenders take refuge in the culture of victimhood, deploying a supposed need for therapeutic self-expression as their all-encompassing excuse.
And remember how he used to keep a kind of "notebook" of quotes that he'd harvested from RfM? And how he used to frequently refer to RfM as "psychologically fascinating"? And, of course, have you ever perused the pages of SHIELDS?:
Gary Novak wrote:Dan Peterson recently had an email exchange with the author of the Moroni the Alien site. This week's Worst features all of Dan's correspondence with this fellow. I think it rather nicely illustrates exactly what the most rabid, howling-at-the-moon anti-Mormons are like.
Oh yes, if you have a pacemaker installed, you may want to refrain from reading. You may die laughing. For the rest of you, in order to help prevent laugh-induced injury, place pillows on the floor near your computer—and keep a box of tissues nearby. ROFL.
So this remark:
Daniel Peterson wrote:I think that you're not only misreading GQC, but that you're doing so in a demonstrably obvious way. He's not speaking in anger or hatred. He's speaking in sadness. As do I.
Can really only be seen as being stunningly disingenuous. "Sadness?" Yeah, right. If that's the case, then Gary Novak seems to have been seriously deceived, if not unhinged completely. So much of the older work of the Mopologists has this sort of "winking" quality, as if they are winking at some clandestine audience who thinks what they're doing is "funny." (Cf., e.g., "Text and Context," where DCP "jokes" that "Sodom and Cumorah are apparently not compatible"--in response, apparently, to LGBTQ+ personnel at Signature Books, which has published items that were critical of FARMS.)
This quote really sums it up:
Daniel Peterson wrote:I'm sorry to hear it. But, just as you hope that they will treat you more charitably, you should try to show them some charity, too. Your vocal departure from the faith and your public rejection of it has certainly caused them considerable pain and real awkwardness around you. Their reactions stem from that, do they not?
Why doesn't he say, "Just as *I* hope that they will treat you more charitably..."? Does he not care? I mean, he's just showing his true colors here, IMO. Let him lay out the reasons why Mormons are justified in their anger over people who exit the Church. Let him explain to the world why he is justified in being angry about that. Let's hear it.