Mormons and my experiences with them.
I'm here to say to you, today, not all Mormons are bad. Some are actually quite cool, and I'm happy to say I have made friends with a small handful of them while living in Idaho.
But most of them are considered to be Jack Mormons (or, at least, that's what they call themselves...). What does this mean, you may ask?
Jack Mormons are still believers of Joseph Smith and his teachings, but think of them like "Christmas" Christians. The observe what they like, but ignore a lot. They may not go to church regularly.
The ones I am friends with drink coffee. And booze. And curse liberally. Some smoke.
Some popular mentions of Jack Mormons in the press include Chelsea Handler, Ryan Gosling, and 2012 Republican Candidate (for a while) Jon Huntsman. Famous blogger Dooce is also reportedly in the Jack camp (though she describes herself as a recovering Mormon), as are the Mormons who made controversial calendars such as Hot Mormon Muffins and/or Men on a Mission.
(...but if there were a cult-meter, they would be less cultish than Scientologists and the Hale-Bopp crew, but slightly more cultish then Jehovah's Witnesses and Anonymous...)
What is the point, however, is with all cultures and religious circles, there are decent people, indifferent people, and just plain jerks. I know many assholes who are Atheist, Baptist, Black, White, Gay, Straight or disabled in some way. I also know of a few Mormon assholes (and have blogged about some) but also know of some cool ones as well. Some are "jacked" some are not.
Long story short, people are people. Some let their faith/culture define them, some do not. Jack Mormons are in the 'do not' category, and are ok by me.
And honestly, I like the term. Instead of 'half-assed' I'm going to start using 'jack.' For example: Jack-sex, for when she isn't in the mood but doesn't say no.
....thoughts? Think it'll catch on?