The Mormon criticism of ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’ endures

The Mormon criticism of ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’ endures

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For nearly two decades, the portrayal of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Mormon fundamentalism in Jon Krakauer's "Under the Banner of Heaven" has been a source of contention among church members and Uthans.

The Mormon criticism of ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’ endures
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For nearly two decades, the portrayal of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Mormon fundamentalism in Jon Krakauer’s “Under the Banner of Heaven” has been a source of contention among church members and Uthans.

The book has now been adapted into an FX on Hulu miniseries with the same title. Both depict the true story of Brenda Lafferty, a fervent member of the religion, and her 15-month-old daughter Erica being murdered.

Lindsay Hansen Park aid, “There’s a redemption and hope in [Brenda’s] Mormonism. Her Mormonism is depicted so beautifully, so powerfully, and I think it’s worth defending,”

“I never felt growing up in the church like I was any less than anyone else, and Brenda sort of feels that,”

“And it’s only when she expresses that and tries to live the things that she was taught that she runs into trouble.”

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Ron and Dan Lafferty, Brenda’s brothers-in-law, were not impressed by her confidence. Brenda and her daughter were “removed” by the Lafferty brothers, who turned to Mormon fanaticism. The novel received harsh criticism for portraying religion as predicated on violence, and the show is now receiving similar criticism.

Hansen Park said, “Brenda’s experience of being a sort of liberal, more progressive Latter-day Saint marrying into an extreme family is hard for people to watch,”

“Because some people, some Mormons will go their whole life and never interact with a family like the Laffertys.”

 

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