Its mission is "to politely but doggedly highlight the inaccuracies and unfair and sloppy thinking that so often characterize the national conversation on Mormonism." At first glance, it seems to do this quite well. Both the posts and the comments, of which thus far most appear to to be written by Mormons, focus on presenting the Mormon movement as its adherents themselves understand it.
Here's a sample. To the frequent charge by anti-Mormon (and anti-religious) writers that his beliefs are "weird," Ryan answers:
Yes, I do believe those things that sound strange to outsiders. But the reason I do is because those peripheral ideas are woven into a much larger fabric of belief that reaches to the foundations of why I am here and what my life should be. If modern, secular commentators want to toy with those out-hanging threads, they should at least consider tracing them back to the web at the heart of the belief.This is a useful perspective for addressing the strange and seemingly bizarre aspects of many religions, our own included.
As the presidential campaign heats up, it is virtually certain that we will read a great deal about the LDS and related churches. If the 2008 campaign and the intervening years are any guide, much of what we read will be ignorant, bigoted or foolish. Let us hope that the Bells can provide the sort of balance which enables the mutual understanding incumbent upon citizens and neighbors in a pluralistic society.