Resign in protest?
If you’re new to this blog and my regular blog, you may not already know that I’m one of those “exmos” who has never been ex’d, or even resigned. I’ve explained why a few times (such as in my joke post about my excommunication), but in a nutshell:
- I don’t want to renounce my Mormon heritage or my connection with this people. A lot of people mistakenly assume that the fact that I’m an atheist means that I want to erase my Mormon past and I that have no right to claim any continued connection with Mormons. (See the comments of this post for an example of that mistake.) If I were to resign membership, it would fuel this misconception.
- If the organization of the CoJCoL-dS thinks I’m still a member of their organization after all these years, that’s their problem and not mine. Actually (if you don’t count BYU asking for money), the CoJCoL-dS hasn’t contacted me spontaneously for around eight or nine years. For all I know, they have cleaned up their database and swept me off. So it would be a little ridiculous for me to spontaneously contact them about it now.
On the other hand, I think the institutional SLC-based church organization is an amoral corporation, and I don’t want my connection with my people to be taken as approval of the actions of this corporation. So it might make sense to make it official that I’m not a member of that branch/organization of Mormons.
But the real reason I probably won’t do it is the following: I need to step away from the computer and go back to my mundane daily life. Y’know, the one where I need to spend his weekend cleaning up my apartment.