There are likely to be many complex reasons for these discouraging results. The easy thing to do would be to blame others and fault them for failing to see our own special wonderfulness, and I actually do think that we are a bit under-appreciated. I like Mormons, and I wish others did, too. But since it is difficult to change others, the best thing to do is to look to ourselves to see if there is anything we can do to produce positive change. For the purpose of this blog post, I want to suggest only one thing.
There was a very interesting exchange recently at insiderhighered.com which discussed the question of whether Christian people are mistreated in colleges and universities. One professor argues that the answer is yes, a lot, while the other one thinks maybe, but not much, and maybe Christians themselves bear part of the responsibility for it.