PBS documentary would have been stronger if it had included Mormonism

The remarkable documentary "God in America," which aired last week on PBS, deserves praise for the beautiful way it captures America's dramatic story of faith and conscience. It's a richly produced piece of filmmaking worthy of discussion and viewing.

But the station erred in its decision to essentially exclude the story of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in its diverse history of religion in the United States. Mormons are only mentioned twice in the documentary in a way that comprises less than a sentence of this six-hour production.

The station, however, did air a full documentary on Mormonism a few years ago. Now, I am not saying there was some deliberate bias against the LDS here because producers also excluded many stories of other minority religious faiths. There was no mention of Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Christian Science movement; or William Miller, whose millennial predictions led to the rise of the Adventist movement; or Charles Taze Russell and the Jehovah's Witnesses.

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