Mormon Church must end children’s sexual interviews, members say

Jun 29, 2018

By Jo Adnitt and Joice Etutu

Current and former members of the Mormon Church are calling for an end to the practice of asking children as young as eight intimate and sexual questions during annual interviews by church officials.

“I suffered with a lot of guilt, because I did things we weren’t supposed to do,” 27-year-old David Sheppard told the Victoria Derbyshire programme.

“They teach us masturbation is just below murder, and I felt like I was some sort of sexual deviant or pervert for doing it.”

Mr Sheppard, from London, was brought up within the Mormon Church.

From the age of 12 he was interviewed alone in a room by a bishop for what is known as a “worthiness interview”.

The Mormon Church is divided into wards, similar to parishes, with the bishop being the spiritual head of a local ward.

The worthiness interviews, the church says, are designed to prepare children and teenagers spiritually and ensure they are obeying the commandments.

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10 comments on “Mormon Church must end children’s sexual interviews, members say

  • Not much different to the Catholic church. When we were dirty little boys we had to confess wanking to the priest in confession. Of course, like all sexual activities, or even sexual thoughts (Matthew 5:27-28), it was a mortal sin, killing the soul and deserving hell. Didn’t take me tooo long to get over the guilt trip though, but I still sometimes think that the only real way for an ex RC to enjoy something is to feel guilty about it!



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  • eejit #1
    Jun 30, 2018 at 6:25 am

    Yep! The theocrats have a determination to control sex, marriage, partnerships, and of course to conscript all babies resulting from these relationships; – not to mention maximising the number of conscripts!

    Or – particularly in the case of the Catholic and Mormon churches, to ensure a significant subscription income for their religious establishments!



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  • I’m curious why masturbation is considered such a deadly sin by these people as their precious buybull has nothing to say on the subject. Kind of like abortion which the buybull is also pretty quiet about other than where it says if a woman loses her unborn child because of an injury from someone then that’s to be considered a loss of property not a loss of life. Also it says a priest can cause an unfaithful wife to abort her illegitimate child using herbs and bitter water.

    I think these religious nutjobs just love sticking their noses into other people’s sex lives basically. They pull these rules straight out of their own arses so they can guilt trip other people with them. There’s no actual biblical justification.



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  • Arkrid Sandwich #3
    Jun 30, 2018 at 9:46 am

    I’m curious why masturbation is considered such a deadly sin by these people as their precious buybull has nothing to say on the subject.

    Actually there is a section on this, although the arguments are sufficiently vague and confused, so as to provide theologians some scope for arguments!:-

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onan



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  • Alan4discussion #4

    Actually there is a section on this, although the arguments are
    sufficiently vague and confused, so as to provide theologians some
    scope for arguments!

    Yes, once again the ‘inerrant word of god’ turns out to be incapable of establishing anything resembling a definitive argument.

    The only common theme running through these primitive nomads’ attitudes to sexual behaviour is an obsession with the imperative of procreation, driven by the very precarious nature of their existence. Fear, as always, is a prime mover of religious belief.



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  • @OP – “I suffered with a lot of guilt, because I did things we weren’t supposed to do,” 27-year-old David Sheppard told the Victoria Derbyshire programme.

    That is the nature of the theocratic intrusion into sex lives from before birth, and onwards through childhood and adulthood.

    This is the guilt trip pseudo-sex-education indoctrination, and it explains why (like other pseudo-reality ideologies – YEC, science denial etc.) there are fierce attacks on those teaching the factual subject matter to children, on an objective basis, and without imposing the physical or psychological abuses of religion, or implanting the religious memes.



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