"In as much as Mormonism encourages healthy living and not putting one's self directly at war with those don't believe, I think it stands as good a chance as any of outgrowing it's status as a cult in relatively short order."
Check out this television segment.
Notice how quickly the Mormon, Brandon Flowers, takes offense. That's a hostile act. He starts it. This hostility to uncomfortable facts - lashing out for leverage and to protect cognitive dissonance - is the entire basis for the Mormon claim to historical "persecution." (You see several instances of the same behavior in the new cult-themed film, "The Master.") There's no reason for it. Richard Dawkins merely said The Book of Mormon is an "obvious" fraud. That's a fact - not an attack - so the Mormon is immediately acting cultishly paranoid, insular, and vindictive - "putting one's self directly at war with those don't believe."
Let me explain further:
You guessed it:
Still "more research" is needed.
It buys the cults time, but nothing more, because people eventually catch on.
They simply can't justify their behavior in the 21st Century,…