I’m always fascinated if not entertained by reading comments from current Mormons posted on various Internet boards . A recent topic of discussion was why people leave the Mormon (LDS) church. Most commenters stated they felt that people left because Satan had gotten a hold of them. Really now? So, there are actually Mormons out there that feel that if you leave their religion, it must be because the Devil himself took over and caused you to leave. WOW. Of course there were several other reasons listed; such as the old “they must be too lazy to do all the church asks of them” and “they must want to sin” (which, remember, to a Mormon could be as innocuous as drinking coffee for Pete’s sake) and then there’s the old “someone must have offended them”. So, it couldn’t be that, say for example, I don’t know….that it's not true? “Doctrinal issues” was mentioned by those who were not active Mormons and even some of the less fanatical current members, but it was always brought around to the concept of something being wrong with the person (for not believing) not that there was or could ever be something wrong with the church or it’s doctrine. It is this type of mind set that further cements in my mind how utterly ridiculous it is to believe that there is only one way, it’s your way, and if someone doesn’t believe it there is something seriously wrong with them. When you combine that with a set of needlessly restrictive Mormon Rules and the ideology that you must do this, you must not do that, you must believe what we tell you to believe and never question it and then throw in some super secret ceremonies and make it an ultra-exclusive club (members only!) then, well… folks, that is the very definition of an extreme religion/group/organization. It is this type of extremism in the world today that causes great harm. Need I point out any examples? I didn’t think so.