FairMormon

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FairMormon, formerly known as the Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research (FAIR), is a non-profit organization that specializes in Mormon apologetics and responds to criticism of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[1] FairMormon comprises volunteers who seek to answer questions submitted to its web site. It was founded in November 1997 by a group of Mormons who wanted to defend their faith on AOL message boards.[2] The members of FairMormon are international volunteers. FairMormon holds an annual conference where topics of current apologetic issues are presented.[3][4] The organization also publishes a monthly electronic newsletter (the FairMormon Journal) and a daily news-clipping service (the FairMormon Front Page).

There is no official connection between FairMormon and the LDS Church.[5]

Name change[edit]

At the August 2013 annual conference it was announced that the organization would change its name from FAIR to FairMormon. The reasoning was explained by Steven Densley, vice-president:

“We have changed our name and are updating our websites in order to make them more easily accessible. The name has been simplified. Instead of The Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research, it is now simply FairMormon. Hopefully this will be easier to remember and will allow us to spend more time doing apologetics rather than spending our time explaining what apologetics is. Our mission has not changed, but hopefully, with the name change and the changes with the websites, our organization will be more effective."[6]

Officers[edit]

FairMormon is led by a president, who is elected by a board of directors, and assisted by a vice-president and secretary. The current president is Scott Gordon. Several editors provide submitted documents and articles with editorial review, and a bookstore is maintained to sell apologetic articles and scholarly books to the public. All of these positions are handled by volunteers. The only paid position currently associated with FairMormon is the bookstore manager, which requires part-time management.

Websites[edit]

Mormon Voices is a website run by FairMormon which seeks to defend representations of the LDS Church in the media.[7][8]

Mormon FAIR-Cast[edit]

FairMormon also sponsors a podcast called the Mormon FAIR-Cast.[9] In 2011, it won an award for best podcast in the Religion Inspiration category of the People's Choice Podcast Awards.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Romney campaign puts Mormon faith in spotlight
  2. ^ "FAIR originated as an internet-based group in the late 90s …. What happened was that there were religious discussions on the old AOL message boards, and the Mormons were getting pushed around. They were the 98 pound weaklings because they didn’t control the venue. The people that did limited their access and things like that. So FAIR originated as a group of people banding together electronically for self defense." Kevin Barney, Notes on Apologetics, FairMormon Blog, last modified 17 October 2012.
  3. ^ FAIR Sunstone conference are this week
  4. ^ 2011 Fair Conference will address Controversial Issues
  5. ^ "We’re not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, the members of FairMormon are all committed to defending the Church and helping people to maintain their testimonies." http://www.fairmormon.org/about-fairmormon/faq-html
  6. ^ http://www.fairblog.org/2013/08/23/fair-has-new-nameshaken-faith-syndrome-updated/
  7. ^ FAIR Changes Mormon Defenders Website Name
  8. ^ Website defending Mormonism adopts softer name
  9. ^ Mormon Faircast
  10. ^ Podcast Awards 2011 winners

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