Perpetuating the Myth That Polygamists Are Mormons
I'm writing to point out an unfortunate accuracy ["Love Is in the Air," July 9].
Those who practice polygamy are not, in fact, Mormons, but members of the relatively small Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Polygamy was officially discontinued by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1890. Any church member adopting the practice today is excommunicated. Groups that continue the practice in Utah and elsewhere have no association with the church. Most of their practitioners have never been among its members. Unfortunately, this distinction is often lost on members of the public and even on some senior and otherwise responsible journalists.
To refer to the characters on HBO's Big Love as Mormons (as was done repeatedly in the article) is blatantly inaccurate.