Recently the Australian Broadcast Corporation did a piece on the “Mormon Moment” given Mitt Romney’s and Jon Huntsman’s recent campaigning for the Republican presidential nominee, and the greater cultural awareness of Mormonism world wide. We often get requests from film makers, media journalists and others without any idea of what their agenda is or how it fits into the broader message we are trying to convey.
They had requested an interview and we turned them down as we were not sure what the impact would be. Also they happened to be filming as our full media campaign and book release happened last September. Like many filmmakers and media people it is hard to find polygamous families who will be public. Apparently they were unable to find enough plural families and decided to use us anyway.
The documentary is actually not that bad, but it irritated us that we are used so extensively without our permission. I guess that is the price of being public. They use different music than what we had originally, but use pieces of our promotional video edited to look like it was filmed by them, interspersed with footage from a book signing.
It does show that Mitt Romney finds polygamy “troubling,” yet perhaps Americans could embrace being led by a Mormon if he would be honest about the past and the persecutions that have happened to Mormons. If as a leader, he could show empathy and the importance of diversity and freedom of religion which is central to our Constitution then more people could relate to him.
To see the video watch here and let us know what you think?