Great Reddit conversion about the honesty of FairMormon (now FAIRLDS):
The topic of whether FairMormon is dishonest came up in conversation earlier. I know it’s been discussed before, but I would like to revisit one of the more obvious problems I have with their apologetics.
FairMormon does not always present accurate information. They sometimes include quotes or sources out of context, have very loose definitions of words, and tend to strawman opposing arguments. While researching what, exactly, bothers me so much, I realized that many of their responses remind me of a modified version of the Narcissist’s Prayer.
That didn’t happen
And if it did, it wasn’t that bad
And if it was, that’s not [the Church/the Church leader]’s fault
And if it is their fault, it’s ok because [they’re flawed, it was normal, etc.]
There are several instances of this happening during the course of a single response.
In “Did Joseph Smith send men on missions in order to ‘steal’ their wives while they were gone”, Fair states that:
This isn’t true.
It only happened in once, or possibly twice (three, if you include Mary Lightener’s marriage, which was while her husband was away for work, which Fair doesn’t include).
We don’t know what Joseph Smith’s reasons were, so they probably…