One of the principles from the Bible I agree with is that religions and religious leaders ought to be judged by the fruits they produce. When judging a religion, I think it a useful exercise to ask the question: "What would life be like if this religion had control of society, if it could institute laws in accordance with its teachings?" Asking this question while I was at BYU law school was perhaps the beginning of my journey out of Mormonism. BYU is not governed according to the secular principles enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Rather, it is governed by ecclesiastical leaders in accordance with the principles of the religion as they interpret them. Life under the BYU "honor code" provides a glimpse into what life would be like if the LDS church ever became powerful enough to shape the laws of the land. To me, it's a frightful thought. The way the LDS church behaves when in total control, unencumbered by secular or ecumenical influences, is truly Orwellian.