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An American Fraud. One Lawyer's Case against Mormonism Kindle Edition

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"An American Fraud is a lightning-fast and surprisingly smooth read that explores the relationship of one woman with the faith she was taught to love while documenting her methodical and pragmatic approach to the unraveling of a great lie." -  QSalt Lake

"An American Fraud," is an historically significant work that calls out the most insidious fraud of American culture for what it is. It is a timeless masterpiece, and will be associated with the beginning of the end of Mormonism in years to come. It is an essential work for any library on the subject matter of Mormonism to be considered complete.

Park B. Romney, Author of The Apostasy of a High Priest-The Sociology of An American Cult.

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Historically, Mormonism has made vast and substantial changes to its theology.  The Church's position on polygamy and racism were radically changed in 1890 and 1978, respectively. However, changes in gender roles and the Church's stance on LGBT issues have not kept pace with more progressive religions. For example:  Kate Kelly an LDS feminist was excommunicated for founding the Ordain Women Organization, "Mormon Women Seeking Equality and Ordination to the [LDS] Priesthood."  Additionally, the State of Utah (where all three branches of the government are led by a substantial majority of Mormons) appealed the 10th Circuit's decision to uphold the lower federal court decision that Utah's law denying marriage to gay couples is unconstitutional.

"An American Fraud" delves deeply into the historic disregard that the Church has shown its women. An entire chapter is spent on polygamy and issues of modern feminism in the Church. The agonizing choices made by true-believing Mormons who have same-sex attraction, all the while attempting to live the heterosexual LDS lifestyle, are also discussed in the chapter: Damages. 

It is hoped that those considering joining the LDS Church will see the unadvertised facts and question the information provided by missionaries prior to committing to the religion.

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Kay Burningham, author of An American Fraud. One Lawyer's Case against Mormonism, is a civil trial attorney with over 25 years experience in California and Utah, representing both corporate defendants and individual plaintiffs. She has litigated cases involving misrepresentation and fraud in the context of product liability warnings, health care disclosures, insurance coverage, employment, real-estate and securities litigation. Ms. Burningham is an active member of the State Bar Associations of both Utah and California and practices in both jurisdictions.

The Author was born and raised in Bountiful, Utah and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for most of her life. In 2001, she officially resigned from the Mormon Church.

She was interviewed along with former Mormons, Park Romney, Jeff Ricks (founder of, LDS Apostle Jeff Holland and others for the BBC documentary, "This World--the Mormon Candidate," about Mitt Romney and Mormonism. The documentary aired in the UK on March 27, 2012 and is now available on YouTube. She was also interviewed by the German Press, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.). Kay was interviewed by Doris Hanson, a former victim of fundamentalist Mormon polygamy, who is the host of the Utah-based Christian television program, "Polygamy, What Love is This?"

Munich's FocusTV aired a special documentary on Mitt Romney's Mormonism, "Romney's Glaubensbrüder" Nov. 5, 2012, just prior to the US presidential elections. Ms. Burningham is featured along with Park Romney and a former LDS family who lives in Utah county. Links to most of these documentaries, articles and interviews can be found by visiting:

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177 of 205 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. Larsen on June 25, 2012
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From time to time, we all come across a book that we cannot put down. This was just such a book for me, probably because Kay Burningham's experience with Mormonism parallels my own on so many levels.

There is, of course, one major problem with the book: few active Mormons will --most lamentably-- read it. As Burningham accurately substantiates in her analysis, to read anything that is not church approved, sanctioned by the hierarchy, is deemed... a sin, a heresy, blasphemy, sacrilege, unworthy, shameful. As "apostle" Boyd K. Packer explicitly told the seminary and institute teachers decades ago, "If it doesn't build faith, we don't teach it --even if it's true."

Burningham's book does convey the cold, hard truth about Mormonism, and backs it up with a wealth of documented sources and statistics, i.e., evidence that would stand up in a court of law. While reading it, I could not help but fantasize how very much I would like to watch the author cross examine Packer on the witness stand, sworn to finally tell, once and for all, "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth."

Most of the work covers a verifiable list of historical facts about the origins of Mormonism, its claims and doctrines, the past and present practices of its leaders, and the lamentable consequences in members' lives. Burningham introduces and summarizes these facts by relating how they influenced her own life through the years, thus adding an intimate touch that helps readers understand and empathize with the very real effects on real people in the real world.

Indeed, I must concede that the author's experience with Mormonism has been even more traumatic than my own, precisely because she is a woman.
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107 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Michelle R. on July 30, 2012
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I am in my eighties and have been a Utah Mormon all of my life. I grew up in the LDS Church and have attended regularly. I was married in the temple at age nineteen. The ceremony was so repetitive. From that very first time, I never felt the "spirituality" that my friends claimed to feel. I thought the ceremony was silly and anything but spiritual. But I thought the problem was me.

A friend of mine gave me her copy of An American Fraud to read. It was a real page-tuner. Before I read Ms. Burningham's book, I rarely read anything but what the leaders in the LDS Church told us to read. It was always the same thing, reading the same scriptures, about the lives of leaders, year after year. I felt guilty if and when I read another type of book that wasn't approved by the Church. After reading An American Fraud, I realized that I had been denied access to most all the good books in the world. I followed up on some of the author's footnotes and found them to be true. I couldn't believe it--I was never taught any of these things in Church meetings or books. Many of her sources were written about the Mormon leaders by those who knew them personally. I feel that the author is writing this from her heart, trying to show the truth about Mormonism, which has been hidden from its people for so long.

The writer did a great job of presenting facts. I could relate to many things in the book. For years the Church has presented only the white washed version of the Church's history. This book shows the other side. As the reader, after hearing both sides, I realize that there are many other things out there other than what the Church teaches.

I feel sorry for my friends who don't want to take the blinders off.
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122 of 145 people found the following review helpful By Lane on January 15, 2012
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I had this book downloaded in my Kindle for three months before I opened it, but then I couldn't put it down once I started it. I rolled my eyes when I realized I had to endure the first third of the book as Kay Burningham's personal history, before I got to the meat of it; only to find myself wanting to understand more about her life and those she has loved along the way. Kay's honesty, and forthright style, captivated my imagination and gave me greater insight into my own circumstances.

Interestingly, I graduated from BYU Law School in 1979, the same year, I learned from this book, that Kay commenced law school there. We had the same civil procedure professor, and for 30 years I could find no one at the law school to tell me what happened to cause his "disappearance" a couple of years after my graduation. Thank you, Kay, for clearing up this mystery. I laughed at your expense for several days over our professor's hubris, while mourning the pain and loss you suffered. Having said that, this anecdote serves as a small illustration of life's random, uncaring, almost perverse indifference to us. Any dignity we can cut out for ourselves seems to have to be wrestled away from the institutions that want to own us. For those of us raised as Mormons, it's the Mormon Church that wants to determine what level of dignity one may be entitled to. This book is a beautiful declaration of one person's independence, and as such, it is quite inspiring.

For anyone interested in a shorthand book on Mormon history, its foundations, the evolution of its doctrines, and the consequences thereof, this is a great book for you.
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