Billionaire Jeff Green, who was born in Utah, withdrew from the Mormon church immediately after contributing $600,000 to an LGBTQ organization.
In a 900-word letter, Jeff accused the church of impending civil rights progress and exploiting its followers.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the CEO of Trade Desk, a software marketing business, addressed a letter to President Russell Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or LDS, on Monday asking the erasure of his data.
According to the Tribune, Green added in the letter, “I feel the Mormon church has hampered worldwide progress in women’s rights, civil rights and racial equality, and LGBTQ+ rights.”
Green, who now lives in California, had long been suspicious of Mormon practices and had left the church a decade ago, according to The Washington Post.
“Even Though I have great affection for many Mormons and thankfulness for many things that have come into my life via Mormonism,” Green said in the letter acquired by the Tribune, “I have not considered myself a member for many years and I’d like to make it plain to you and others that I am not a member.”
Green criticized the church’s “more than $100 billion in assets” as well as its members’ “exploitation” to “construct shopping malls and temples.”
A request for comment from USA TODAY was not immediately returned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“This money comes from people, many of whom are destitute, who firmly think you represent Jesus’ wishes. They give with the hope of receiving God’s favor “he penned
One in every four Americans self-identifies as a None:
Why are so many people abandoning organized religion?
It’s another symptom of America’s rising secularism, according to Harvard’s atheist chaplain.
Green replied to Nelson that he believes the majority of LDS members are fine individuals trying to do the right thing, but that the religion “is actively and currently harming the world.”
He noted in the letter that his family’s foundation was donating $600,000 to Equality Utah, an LGBTQ civil rights and advocacy organization.
The gift has not been confirmed or commented on by Equality Utah.
According to The Tribune, he added, “We made this large and public investment to convey a message that Equality Utah isn’t going away.”
Green stated that the only communication he needs from the church is a letter confirming his departure as a member.
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