The Times Online has a story on child abuse by two British ladies that is circulating through Europe. The headline reads “Mormon women ‘tortured children to instil discipline’”, but we’re left wondering why the professed religion of these two women is even mentioned. The only connections to the Church, weak at best, are that the two women met at the Mormon temple in London and that one believed the Church encourages “strict principles to teach the children how to work and be obedient.”
The alleged behavior of these two women goes against everything taught by the Church. In even the latest General Conference, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland proclaimed:
Physical abuse is uniformly and unequivocally condemned in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If it is possible to be more condemning than that, we speak even more vigorously against all forms of sexual abuse.
If we don’t announce the religion of all criminals who act contrary to the teachings of their religion (e.g. “Jew robs bank”, “Catholic caught for tax evasion”) it makes no sense to mention Mormonism in this story.