And I admit — I enjoyed the compliments at first. As a young journalist, I am drawn to the idea of challenging the conventional wisdom and speaking truth to power. As I sifted through the tremendous number of e-mails prompted by my recent articles (both positive and negative), I briefly began to fancy myself a champion of reason and moderation within the Mormon community.
Enter Sam Wright.
A 29-year-old strategy consultant and researcher, Wright is a Latter-day Saint with a background in economics and, apparently, an impressively insightful worldview and self-awareness. While generally agreeing with the sentiments expressed in my immigration columns, he challenged my belief that such views were "counter-culture" in the LDS world. He rightly cautioned me against setting up "Straw Man Mormons" based on generalized stereotypes, and then arguing against what I perceive their opinions to be.