Use of Term 'Mormon' in News Coverage of Polygamist Tom Green

May 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    SALT LAKE CITY, May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The terms Mormon fundamentalist,
 and Mormon splinter group are regularly, albeit inaccurately, used by some
 news media outlets to describe individuals or organizations who embrace the
 practice of polygamy, according to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
 Saints.  Such use of these terms is misleading, since they imply that the
 individual or organization described is affiliated in some way with "the
 Mormons" or "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."
     The term Mormon is a nickname applied exclusively to The Church of Jesus
 Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members (see The Associated Press
 Stylebook).  It is not accurately applied to any other person or organization.
     Polygamists and polygamist organizations that occasionally make the news
 are not dissident wings of the Church.  They have no affiliation whatsoever
 with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Since those who
 practice polygamy today are not affiliated with "the Mormon church," and since
 they are not "Mormons," a more accurate and less misleading description of
 them in the media would be polygamist, or polygamous sect or polygamous church
 or polygamous group or polygamous movement, etc.
 
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SOURCE The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    SALT LAKE CITY, May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The terms Mormon fundamentalist,
 and Mormon splinter group are regularly, albeit inaccurately, used by some
 news media outlets to describe individuals or organizations who embrace the
 practice of polygamy, according to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
 Saints.  Such use of these terms is misleading, since they imply that the
 individual or organization described is affiliated in some way with "the
 Mormons" or "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."
     The term Mormon is a nickname applied exclusively to The Church of Jesus
 Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members (see The Associated Press
 Stylebook).  It is not accurately applied to any other person or organization.
     Polygamists and polygamist organizations that occasionally make the news
 are not dissident wings of the Church.  They have no affiliation whatsoever
 with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Since those who
 practice polygamy today are not affiliated with "the Mormon church," and since
 they are not "Mormons," a more accurate and less misleading description of
 them in the media would be polygamist, or polygamous sect or polygamous church
 or polygamous group or polygamous movement, etc.
 
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