What this blog is about...

Every day, often several times a day, a contingent of Mormon-haters initiates discussions on FreeRepublic.com's web site. These intolerant bigots start discussions with the intent of defaming the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If members of the Church speak up in its defense, they coordinate their actions using "pings" to summon up other anti-Mormons.

Acting together, they form up an online mob that "tars and feathers" Mormonism daily. They use the forum rules to their advantage. As best as we can tell, one of the religion moderators of the forum is among their ranks.

This blog has identified the key players and over 50 anti-Mormons who spread hate. The Society for the Prevention of Anti-Mormonism created this site to monitor and conduct statistical research on the incidents of hate speech and anti-Mormon attacks conducted on the Free Republic forums.

Friday, August 12, 2016


The FRAM Report has been dormant since November 2013.  For some odd reason, I got that little spiritual nudge to check the site's stats today--something I haven't done in a few years.  I was surprised to see that the site is still getting visits after all this time. Even more surprising was this referring link:


The site had a discussion titled "What Happened to S.P.A.M.?"  There was the old caricature of me, which was the work of the thuggy-looking dude who ran the anti-Mormon Ephesians2 site.  It depicted me as some kind of modern "Danite" looking to blow away enemies of the Church.

There were the usual snarky, condescending comments.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that Dr.W (also known as Dr. Tensor) is still haunting the anti-Mormon world like a dismal ghost.  He's apparently still complaining that he was dismissed from the S.P.A.M. site in 2009--seven years ago! (Geez! Get over it!)  Once again, he echoed his claim that he was kicked off the site for telling his "truth" and that we were hostile to science.

Actually, the true reason he was kicked off the site was his own fault.  He posted enough information about his scientific prowess that it made it easy for me to investigate his claims and discover his real-life identity.  It became apparent that he had claimed more credit that was his due for a discovery about isolating melatonin in the human brain, or something to that effect.  (He was associated with the project, but the credit went to his mentor, another noted scientist.)

Since Dr.W/Tensor had bet his scientific integrity on proving the Church false, I found it interesting that his ego led him to toot his own horn a little too loudly.  I wrote him a personal email wherein I invited him to either reveal his identity or withdraw from the site.  I wasn't going to expose him for the anti-Mormon troll that he was, but he was afraid that Google would link his anti-Mormon activities with his scientific reputation.

Another concern I had with the "Dr." was that the IP address of some of his posts indicated that he was posting his anti-Mormon tripe from the NMCI--the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet.  I didn't think, as a veteran and a taxpayer, that he should be using a government network to post his anti-Mormon drivel.  I suppose that it would have been cause for concern that he could lose his government contract or security access over such abuse of a government system.  I alerted him that I was aware of that in our final emails.  Here is the text of our final emails, whereby he withdrew from the site.

Jan 20, 2009
Thank you for the very enlightening set of discussions. It was a pleasure revealing your true character. I have no wish to cause you any "professional" discomforts or embarrass you personally. It is a cause for concern, that there is at least some indications that you posted from the Navy's NMCI network. If anything, is reassures me that S.P.A.M. was not blocked by their very stringent filters. Too bad the "hate" filters don't block it from coming out of the network.

I hope you have enjoyed our discussions also. You may cancel your S.P.A.M. membership and retire from our forums any time you wish. I've made my point.

Hate is such an embarrassing thing to be associated with. I hope you will someday reconsider your positions.


G. West

Dr.W/Tensor replied cordially:


Thanks for your e-mail. As explained in my latest post, I do not hate the Church. Aside from my parents and school, the Church was the greatest influence in my life growing up.

You have built an attractive and well-functioning website, and I know that you work hard to maintain it and respond to comments and posts on the site.

If you would prefer that I remove my membership, I will certainly comply with your request. Please make such a request in an open post.

If you prefer that I make no further posts, I will comply with that request as well.

Best Regards, (NAME WITHHELD)

As Dr.W requested, in an open forum post, I invited him to reveal his identity to the forum members (as I believe in being open about my own identity on the Internet). If he would not do so, I requested that he would politely cancel his membership, which he did.  There was no rancor or contention over it.  I find it interesting that he has spread his own version of the story in several anti-Mormon forums, but I have never bothered to counter them until now.  Isn't it pitiful that seven years later, this accomplished scientist, who sits on the boards of several important companies, is still smarting from having been bested by an uneducated amateur?

I noted that some of the correspondents on this Mormon Discussion forum were still bashing another amateur LDS apologist, Timothy Berman.  They gloated about some past mistakes he had made and posted something about what he's doing today.  The last I heard from Tim, he had become a drug and alcohol counselor, helping people turn toward sobriety.  That sounds like a good thing to me.  It's sad that in a world where every single one of us has need for repentance and the grace of Jesus Christ, they rejoice in iniquity and the past failings of a brother or sister.  They should remember that the gentle Jesus warned that we should not judge others, because we will all surely account for our own follies one day.  We will either be glad we have a Redeemer or desperately wish for one.

Well, if they're equally concerned about what happened to S.P.A.M. and me, I'll fill them in.  I actually shut down S.P.A.M twice.  The first time was at the two-year mark.  I felt I had done all I could do.  I had gone back to college and was buried in work, but I kept the site going for a while.  When you're dealing with anti-Mormons, it's always the same old crap.  I had written nearly 400 articles in two years answering nearly every single anti-Mormon claim ever devised.  Anti-Mormons, don't want to use a search tool to find answers any more than they want to pray for truth.  They just want to fight.

Most Mormon apologists are amateurs.  We don't get paid.  Writing and running a site can take over your life because there is never any end to anti-Mormons.  There's always some new high-school kid who watched the "Godmakers" movie at his church youth group who thinks he's equipped to destroy Mormonism.  There's always some LDS college student who didn't pay attention in Sunday School or Seminary and then suddenly gets his faith shaken by discovering that Brother Joseph was a polygamist--and now he wants to tell the world that he was deceived.  It becomes tiresome.  I shut down the S.P.A.M. archive in 2013 and I finally took it down completely earlier this year.  Traffic to the site had pretty much ended.  The FRAM Report stays up because one article was still getting daily traffic (the one about former BYU-prof-turned-anti-Mormon-liar Lynn Wilder) in 2013.

There is so much good in life to be enjoyed!  Tangling with these ill-intended people drains you.  I decided to draw down the site over time and press on with other things.

I went back to college and finished a degree that had been languishing half-finished for 20 years.  I graduated with honors.  I volunteered with Americorps and taught inner-city kids, mostly the children of undocumented immigrants, for a couple of years.  All of my students were anywhere from two to four years behind in their reading level as middle-schoolers. At the end of my first semester teaching, my principal came to me all excited because seventy-one percent of my students had increased their reading level by two years--in one single semester!  The next semester, he doubled my class size so more kids could benefit.  Each of those kids is competitive in high school now, on their way to potentially productive, happy lives.

While I was in college, I resumed practicing martial arts again, something I had done as a teenager. I lost a bunch of weight and, after a few years, I earned a black belt.  I eventually started my own judo club and it has been very successful and I earned my second degree black belt last year.  I have been at it long enough to train up other black belts, which is very rewarding.

When my time with Americorps was done, I went back into IT for awhile and landed a management position later on.  I occasionally teach some guitar students and play music with some friends from time to time.  I continue to blog about martial arts, music, politics, culture, and the Church.  The anti-Mormons might be interested in my blog at www.mormonpunch.com.  I haven't written any more books in several years, but I'm always looking for good topics.

It hasn't all been rosy.  Life always has its ups and downs.  Nevertheless, the gospel buoys me up through them.  In the end, all things work out for people who believe and stay in faith.

I'm flattered that they're wondering what happened to the site and me.  I occasionally wonder what happened to them.

  • Dr. Tensor the scientist who freezes people's heads cryogenically (or something like that).
  • John Coffee, the fake Mormon bishop.
  • Measure76, the exMo who hated me so much he started a blog called Greg West is an Idiot.
  • Jessica Sheley, the evangelical Bible scholar with the unaccredited degree, who consorted with atheists on an anti-Mormon forum to find more dirt with which to attack the Church.
  • Bob Betts of Concerned Christians, an organization run by a couple of white dudes that operated African Ex-Mormons for Jesus.
  • Dean Banks, who threatened to "take my house" when I exposed his fake educational credentials on Examiner.com.
  • John Merilatt of Ephesians2 who I exposed on Facebook when he pretended to be a questioning investigator on a Mormon page there.  I also exposed that Ephesians2 was operating without a business license, with an expired corporation registration with the state, and that they were soliciting donations even though they were a for-profit company.
  • There were Colofornian, Elsie, Jim Robinson, and the other antis over on Free Republic whose mortal fear of Romney becoming president (along with millions of other evangelicals) gave us the Marxist Obama (twice), whose presidency threatens the foundations of our constitutional republic. Future historians may look back and see that the final straw that collapsed America was anti-Mormonism.
  • There were  even some semi-famous/notorious antis like Andrew Sullivan and Aaron Shafovoloff.  I can't confirm it, but I also believe that Richard Dawkins actually joined the site and debated some issues.  It was pointless, but strangely flattering that we drew his attention.

I wonder if they're all still stuck in their anti-Mormon ruts.  Did they ever figure out what our motto, "Truth is not a tactic" means?  Are they still ruminating over their old wounds and bitterness?  Are they still seeking out innocent victims with their deceptions?  Have any of them repented?  As for me, I continue in faith like before.  Through life's trials, I continue in the belief that God hears my prayers and guides my path.  I still affirm that Joseph Smith was God's messenger to the latter-days.  I still read the Book of Mormon and find increasing relevance in it for today's world.

Someday, maybe I'll meet some of these folks.  I hope that they will discover that I had their best interests at heart.  Everything I did for S.P.A.M. was motivated by love for the Lord and the desire to convince those who wander to reconsider their actions in spreading hate, prejudice, and falsehoods about the Lord's Church.  Regardless, life moves us onward and there is so much good in the world to enjoy, my self-appointed mission to them has faded in the rear-view mirror.  It was interesting to see that they still remember me, as I remember them.  Until we meet on judgment day, "Brethren, Adieu!"  :)

G. West

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Stop feeding the weeds

This is the end of the line.  I have decided to shut down the FRAM Report.  I've been running it since 2009 with a few breaks in between.  Two or three times, I've set it aside and moved on to other things, only to have some new development pull me back in.  Thus, I've learned never to say never, but it's time to give it a rest.

We started out just tracking numbers of anti-Mormon posts and we embarrassed Jim Robinson.  We watched as he banned the Mormon Caucus and purged Mormons from the site.  We identified the haters and published their pseudonyms.  We made our point numerically: Free Republic was being used as a platform by anti-Mormons to bash the Church and its members with the support of its owner, Jim Robinson.  The last few months have seen our posts degenerate into a tit-for-tat response to the seemingly endless attacks of their one primary, one-topic poster: Colofornian.  We have demonstrated how obsessive, hateful, dishonest, and uninformed she actually is.  There is no more doubt and there is nothing more to say on the matter.

The number one attribute of anti-Mormons is obsessiveness.  They can't not be anti=Mormon.  They're so full of hate that they can't let it go.  That's not the case here.  As my Internet pal Timothy Berman used the phrase in a different context recently, it's time to stop "feeding the weeds."  Life is full of too many wonderful blessings to continually focus on anti-Mormonism.

Colofornian and the folks at FR will be unaffected by this.  Perhaps they will have a snide celebration, akin to that scene in "Narnia" where Aslan gets slain by the white witch and all the little devils dance with glee.  They don't realize that he willingly laid down without a fight.  Like the little imps in the book, their glee will be short-lived.

There is an acceleration of good and evil occurring right now.  It's time for me, as a latter-day saint, to focus on radiating light instead of combating darkness.  The Lord is hastening his work.  I'm setting up a new social network/blog site to focus on that positive movement.  Meanwhile, darkness and trouble is going to descend upon the wicked.  Colofornian and her friends will find themselves in great perplexity very soon.  Instead of focusing on their evil works, I'm going to focus on doing as much good and bringing as much positive energy into the world as I can, getting myself and those around me ready to live in a Zion society.

Free Republic is on a downhill course.  Their fundraisers are getting more feeble.  The radical wing of the GOP they represent is history.  Everybody knows it.  Eventually, JR will run a Freepathon and he won't make enough money to pay the bills and they'll shut their doors.  They'll end up being a Facebook page or on a free Yahoo group.  They already have zero influence in the GOP.  Their detested RINOs have won.  Their anti-Mormon activities helped to kill the one remaining possibility of delaying America's leftward lurch into oblivion, ensuring Obama's victory.  They'll have to own the consequences when civil unrest, anarchy, and foreign troops come knocking at their doors.

Even on FR, there are increasing numbers of people who are telling the anti-Mormons to tone it down.  Their obvious harping on Mormonism is offensive to these fair-minded non-Mormons.  Eventually' they'll leave the site and go elsewhere, too.  The money will dry up and FR will vanish.  If that happens, I'll probably chime back in here to write a fitting eulogy.

The most satisfying end of this site would be to out Colofornian.  I won't do that. I know who she is.  God and the angels know who she is, along with Jim Robinson and that whole anti-Mormon contingent over there.  I'll leave it in God's hands to judge.  Hopefully, for those of you who may peruse this site and its archives in the future, I'll have made my point--that Free Republic gladly hosted some of the most hostile religious intolerance America has seen since the 19th century.  I suppose they'll continue to do so until the bitter end.  As for me, I'm moving on, even if they don't.  It's time to stop "feeding the weeds."  That's why it's time to quit for now. The harvest is almost here and the tares are almost ripe.  It's not hard to tell it from the wheat anymore.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Illustrating the principle of out-of-context quotes

One of the favorite topics of our buddy, Colofornian, is using out-of-context scripture passages and quotations.  In the past week or so, we've exposed several of them.  At S.P.A.M., we often like to use humor to make our point.  After all, apologetics is for those boring guys that like footnotes and Turabian style-guides.  We like to just point out that anti-Mormons love to lie and misrepresent information any way they can.

When you take something out-of-context, you are deliberately making it look like something else is going on by framing it in such a way to make your audience see things as they weren't intended.  Let's take a look at a few photographs that will give you a chuckle while we illustrate this point.  After all, seeing is believing--right?

Sometimes things are just not what they seem.  Putting two things together that are just coincidentally linked doesn't always give you an accurate perception of what's going on.

Then there are things that just don't seem to go together, although there is probably a very reasonable explanation for them.  It's better to suspend judgment until all the facts are known.

Then there are those things that, if you don't really understand the context behind the moment, it just won't make any sense no matter how hard you try.  History isn't always crystal clear to us today.

A dead body under the piano?  A drunk sleeping it off after a binge?  No, sometimes your friends just want to hear what your piano sounds like from the underside of it while you're playing.  The picture doesn't give you all the information that is available, but that doesn't stop people from making an incorrect judgment about what's really happening.

Anti-Mormons are infamous for taking partial, incomplete, or inaccurate information and stringing it together with the intent to deceive you.  Remember that Mormons are reasonable people who have faith in God of miracles.  There are good reasons for us to believe what we do.  Knowing those reasons makes our religion seem all the more reasonable.

Why does Jim Robinson let it go on and on and on?

Twenty-five anti-Mormon posts in a week--from one person: Colofornian.  We have to ask the question.  Why does Jim Robinson permit it?

In the past week, Colofornian has been on a "rampage" of rants.  Twenty-five distinct anti-Mormon threads in a week.  And the week's not really over yet.  There's still time for more.  I expect there will be more.

Yet JimRob and his moderators permit it.  Isn't their site supposed to be representative of what's worth conserving in America?  Isn't that what conservatism's all about?  Is religious intolerance a conservative value?  It must be, because there's tons of it on FR.

Forget about whether or not it's rational on Colofornian's part.  She clearly shows that anti-Mormonism is an obsessive-compulsive disorder.  But, is it rational for Robinson to continue to give her the microphone when she's discrediting his site.  Several times in the last week, non-Mormons have spoken out to object to Colofornian's single-subject harping on a religion she hates.  We've shown in the past that there is a correlation between the numbers of anti-Mormon posts and a drop in receipts in their fundraising.  Is that rational to keep doing something that harms their cause?

Or is conservatism really their cause?  Is Free Republic just the last bastion where anonymous bigots can spout off safely, harbored in their hate by the site's owner?  Are they just proxies for his misguided, prejudiced views?  The last week shows FR in its true colors.  It's anything but a pretty picture of conservatism.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Burning in the bosom--from Jonathan Edwards

He felt the burning in the bosom, you can too!
Today's anti-Mormon screed from Colofornian on FR (there are actually two of them, but I only have time to respond to this one tonight) is about denying the feelings of one's heart when it comes to religion.

There is something really important here that you must see.  The most important part of the message of the restored gospel (which the world calls Mormonism) is that the seeker of truth is not dependent upon anyone but God for the truth.  Every Mormon missionary will teach our beliefs and then ask you to go and pray about them.  The result is that nearly 300,000 people a year join the Church because they get an answer to those prayers.  Do all of them stay in the Church?  No, of course not.  God allows the believer to be tried.  The parable of the sower (Mark 4:3-20) that Jesus taught tells of us this.  Persecution, worldliness,  and other temptations cause some to stumble and fall.  Some fall away before they have a good depth of "root" in the gospel soil and they abandon their newfound faith.

But it must be understood that people just don't make profound religious commitments without reason.  Mormonism is a big leap for any convert.  Persecution and derision is very real.  The convert makes his choice because he has indeed felt something profound and equally real.

That feeling is something that cannot be duplicated by Satan.  It is the touching of the believer's heart by the Holy Ghost in a singular way that confirms the truth of his faith.  Anti-Mormons know that their best hope is to scare away the potential believer before he or she can feel this divine manifestation.  They use lies, misrepresentations, and all sorts of sophistries to discourage the curious from becoming the converted.

Most of all, they have to stop the potential believer from praying to God to ask if what he has found is true.  All they have is a man with a book.  They tell you to believe that man's interpretations and to trust that he is right.  They want you to gamble your soul on some man's word.  Mormons ask you to ask God and trust what comes from him.  This is what Colofornian wrote today to that end:
We cannot base truth on how we feel, whether it’s a goose bump, an emotional high or a burning in the bosom. Proverbs clearly states, “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but whoever walks wisely will be delivered” (Prov. 28:26). And God warns us that the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked (see Jer. 17:9).
She quotes the Bible to dissuade you from doing what James said in the New Testament:
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him (James 1:5).
James was the brother of Jesus.  He was Mary's son, too.  Don't you think he would be a trustworthy source to believe rather than a wealthy, Californian socialite who is determined to destroy faith, not build it up?  But you'll recall that when the devil tempted Jesus, he quoted the Bible, too!

The "burning in the bosom" Colofornian refers to is an oft-described description of what it feels like to have the Holy Ghost touch one's heart and bear witness of truth.  The Bible teaches us of it in Luke chapter 24.  After Jesus' crucifixion, two of his disciples were walking sadly walking toward the town of Emmaus.  The Resurrected Lord joined them, but he appeared in a way so that they didn't recognize him.  He spent time discussing the events that had recently took place in Jerusalem and why the Messiah had to die to bring about the redemption of man.  Then, as he dined with them later, he revealed himself to them and then vanished, to their amazement.  When they realized who he was, they commented: "Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?"

 This burning in the heart was something that was familiar with them.  They had felt it before as the Holy Spirit bore witness of Jesus and his teachings.  It's right there in the Bible.  Colofornian and her anti-Mormon chums don't want you to ever feel that sensation or trust the feeling if you did.

It's not just something that is limited to Mormons.  The Holy Ghost testifies of truth--and most especially, it bears witness of the Father and the Son.  Many people have felt it over the time.  It's one of the reasons for the fervent Christian's faith.

Jonathan Edwards, one of the greatest preachers of the Great Awakening, described this very feeling in his personal narrative:
This I know not how to express otherwise, than by a calm, sweet abstraction of soul from all the concerns of this world; and sometimes a kind of vision, or fixed ideas and imaginations, of being alone in the mountains, or some solitary wilderness, far from all mankind, sweetly conversing with Christ, and wrapt and swallowed up in God. The sense I had of divine things, would often of a sudden kindle up, as it were, a sweet burning in my heart; an ardor of soul, that I know not how to express.
 Amazing, isn't it!  Jonathan Edwards felt the burning in the bosom that Mormon missionaries would have you trust!  Let's see what else Edwards had to say about it:
My mind was greatly fixed on divine things; almost perpetually in the contemplation of them. I spent most of my time in thinking of divine things, year after year; often walking alone in the woods, and solitary places, for meditation, soliloquy, and prayer, and converse with God; and it was always my manner, at such times, to sing forth my contemplations. I was almost constantly in ejaculatory prayer, wherever I was. Prayer seemed to be natural to me, as the breath by which the inward burnings of my heart had vent. 
Again, Edwards said:
Sometimes, only mentioning a single word caused my heart to burn within me; or only seeing the name of Christ, or the name of some attribute of God.
Jonathan Edwards, the great preacher of the Great Awakening felt his heart burning within him when he prayed, meditated, and pondered on Christ.  This is what you will feel when you seek truth in all things.  It is one of the ways God guides you and keeps you from being led astray.

Who would you rather trust?  An anti-Mormon who tells you not to pray? What kind of spirit tells you not to seek and ask God?  Would you rather trust a man or trust the Spirit of God speaking to your heart directly? 

It's up to you do decide whether you will follow the voice of the Holy Spirit to believe or whether you'll trust the voices of men.  Mormon missionaries will never tell you to take their word for it.  The choice to believe is between you and God.  We trust in God and that's why our missionaries are so effective despite the fact that they aren't theologians or scripture experts. Nearly 300,000 people a year feel it and join the Church.  The anti-Mormons can't touch that.