A New QAnon-Inspired Mormon Religion

A New QAnon-Inspired Mormon Religion
(AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
Over the last year, I've scrolled past social media posts by members of diverse religious backgrounds and political opinions. However, because my ethnographic research is based in Mormon fundamentalist communities, a good amount of the commentary I see leans libertarian or conservative and comes from communities that developed at a time of perceived religious and cultural uncertainty. These new Mormon religious communities -- new religions really -- bring together shifting religious landscapes and anxieties about everyday life in ways that seldom make sense to the casual observer. As the world watched a viral pandemic take millions of lives and struggle to develop medical interventions and preventative measures, much of my Facebook feed took on an air of conspiracy. Specifically, QAnon emerged as an answer to an increasingly chaotic world.
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