By Brooke Adams, Salt Lake Tribune
Updated: 08/20/2009 05:56:38 PM MDT
After months of haggling over every period, definition, connotation and allusion, the state's Safety Net Committee has released a revised guide to understanding so-called fundamentalist Mormon communities in Utah, Arizona and as far away as Missouri and Canada.
The Primer , as the booklet is known, now has a neutral tone that no longer promotes the idea that fundamentalist Mormons, many of whom practice polygamy, are "victims" of groups who experience more domestic violence or abuse than other populations, said Pat Merkley, Safety Net Committee director.
"I think we have produced the best dialogue we possibly could," Merkley said. "It is a true consensus."