An American Fraud: One Lawyer's Case Against Mormonism

An American Fraud: One Lawyer's Case Against Mormonism

by Kay Burningham

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ISBN-13: 9780615465890
Publisher: AmicaVeritatis
Publication date: 07/27/2011
Pages: 566
Sales rank: 845,267
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

Kay Burningham is a United States civil trial attorney with over 25 years experience in California and Utah, representing both corporate defendants and individual plaintiffs. She has litigated cases involving misrepresentation and fraud in the context of product liability warnings, health care disclosures, insurance coverage and employment and real-estate contracts.

Ms. Burningham has tried a variety of civil cases in San Diego, California, U.S., Superior Court. In the early nineties she served as a San Diego Superior Court judge pro tem/civil settlement officer and arbitrator where she assisted in the resolution of a variety of civil cases. Since returning to Utah, she has tried cases in Utah District Court and has successfully argued before the Utah Supreme Court.

The Author was born and raised in Bountiful, Utah and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) for most of her life. In 2001, she officially resigned from the Mormon Church. Ms. Burningham is an active member of the State Bar Associations of both Utah and California and practices in both jurisdictions.

She was recently interviewed by John Sweeney, along with former Mormons, Park Romney, Jeff Ricks (founder of Postmormon.org) LDS Apostle Jeff Holland and others for the BBC documentary "This World--the Mormon Candidate," about Mitt Romney and Mormonism. The documentary aired in the UK on March 27, 2012. Kay has also been interviewed by Doris Hanson, the host of a popular Christian television show, in two-parts, and was interviewed for the German press, FAZ/FAS. These videos and interview links can be accessed through her website at: www.kayburningham.com

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An American Fraud: One Lawyer's Case against Mormonism 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Yanquetino More than 1 year ago
From time to time, we all come across a book that we cannot put down. This was just such a book for me, probably because Kay Burningham's experience with Mormonism parallels my own on so many levels. There is, of course, one major problem with the book: few active Mormons will --most lamentably-- read it. As Burningham accurately substantiates in her analysis, to read anything that is not church approved, sanctioned by the hierarchy, is deemed... a sin, a heresy, blasphemy, sacrilege, unworthy, shameful. As "apostle" Boyd K. Packer explicitly told the seminary and institute teachers decades ago, "If it doesn't build faith, we don't teach it --even if it's true." Burningham's book does convey the cold, hard truth about Mormonism, and backs it up with a wealth of documented sources and statistics, i.e., evidence that would stand up in a court of law. While reading it, I could not help but fantasize how very much I would like to watch the author cross examine Packer on the witness stand, sworn to finally tell, once and for all, "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth." Most of the work covers a verifiable list of historical facts about the origins of Mormonism, its claims and doctrines, the past and present practices of its leaders, and the lamentable consequences in members' lives. Burningham introduces and summarizes these facts by relating how they influenced her own life through the years, thus adding a intimate touch that helps readers understand and empathize with the very real affects on real people in the real world. Indeed, I must concede that the author's experience with Mormonism has been even more traumatic than my own, precisely because she is a woman. Make no mistake: women have always been second-class citizens in Mormonism, excluded from positions of real authority and power, marginalized in a mandated "homemaker" role, subservient to the dictates of fathers and husbands who hope to become "gods" in the afterlife, surrounded and attended to by their multiple wives. Yes, that's right: contrary to what the "brethren" state in public nowadays, polygamy has only been "suspended" for the time being. Mormon dogma still deems it a requirement to enter into the "highest degree of the celestial kingdom" (the "heaven" where god dwells). In this regard, I take serious issue with the one reviewer who gave the book one "star," claiming that her own life as a Mormon woman has been exemplary, as though an occasional exception invalidates the general rule. Statistics do not lie. Nor do scientific data. How telling that said reviewer conveniently sidestepped the main question: whether or not Mormonism's claims are fraudulent. Personal anecdote simply does not eclipse the evidence: the Nephites never existed, Abraham did not author the Egyptian papyri, the temple ceremony was purloined from Freemasonry, etc., etc. In short, Joseph Myth was a consummate liar. Most shocking of all, as Packer's statement epitomizes above, the Mormon authorities to this day knowingly continue to perpetuate those lies --for their own gain and to the members' detriment. From the very beginning, they have managed to forge a near perfect combination of the psychology experiments of Stanley Milgram (obedience to authority) and Solomon Asch (conformity) into a modus operandi, which they then reinforce by constantly tapping into believers' emotions of fear, guilt, and shame. Burningham systematically exposes readers to what lies beneath the slick, polished, "osmondized" surface that they advertise to the world at large. I highly recommend this book, and commend Burningham for having the integrity and courage to write it. Apostates will undoubtedly find it informative, familiar --and touching. Should any active Mormons dare to clandestinely pick it up, it will actually provide them comfort and reassurance that they are not alone in their doubts --even though it seems like everyone around them claims to "know" that the emperor is wearing the finest of clothes.
Bob_Olson More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this e-book because it was entertaining, insightful, hard-hitting, and accurate. It was enjoyable and funny. I also learned a lot of factual information about the LDS church that I hadn't heard before. Inaccuracies abound in many books written about the LDS religion. The title of the book begs for a legalistic approach, which it eventually provides. But not until after the author discusses her youth and own personal experiences in an open and comical way. So it didn't really get boring for me at all. The book discussed controversial aspects of the LDS religion in a lawyer-like manner, with facts to back up each statement. This approach was very refreshing, because it provided references for each item, yet was very readable because each topic was condensed to an understandable point. The author obviously has a rich background in the religion as a devout follower in her childhood and college years. I really enjoyed how she was able to intertwine personal experiences growing up in the Mormon religion in Utah, with her spiritual awakening as she traveled to Africa with a group of B.Y.U. student performers. This book would be a very good media guide for someone in the media who is trying to get a basic understanding of Mormonism, from an objective viewpoint. There are many very good people who belong to this religion who have unfortunately been shielded from an objective study of their church's true historical beginnings. So their knowledge base is limited to personal experiences and heresay. This book should be read by the general LDS church membership so that the shortcomings of the religion are better understood. This would make it easier to converse with members who typically react emotionally to criticism, in a much more positive rational way. The religion produces many very good quality citizens. Mitt Romney is a good example. The book is very useful given our current Presidential race, and is a handy guide to understanding what has been a very mysterious church for many outsiders. Thanks to Ms. Burningham for writing such an enjoyable, original book on such a controversial topic as the Mormon religion.
ScienceGuy3 More than 1 year ago
Honest, hearfelt, heartbreaking and true.