Religious leaders disgusted by Mitchell, inspired by Smart

by | Nov. 11, 2010

News from Utah

Elizabeth Smart's testimony about the way Brian David Mitchell used, or abused, religion has stirred both outrage and inspiration among leaders of various faiths.

Smart testified this week that Mitchell was a hypocrite who used religion only to get what he wanted, mainly sex, alcohol and drugs. Under questioning from prosecutor Felice Viti, she said Mitchell, who is on trial in federal court for kidnapping and transporting a minor, never used religion to reach out and help other people.

"That's not what religion is about," said the Rev. Lee Shaw of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in West Valley City. "That's not what churches do. We pray for people. We don't prey on people."

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