It's also a fact that many christians avoid contact with Mormons because they have horns.
I have lots of similar (but sadly) true stories about the stupidity of Christians reacting to Mormons. And worse, more about the Mormons reacting to the world.
I like living among Mormons, and usually share these stories (about ignorant Mormons) with Mormon (and ex-Mormon) friends, not here...
I first read your question "Huh" out of context.
Sad, but true, but probably a demographic of America that is nor all that "real" to you and I. I was disappointed to find that those who do believe it, actually do believe it. It is more common in other countries, those predominantly Catholic.
I was just surprised because you said it is a fact that Christians avoid Mormons, but although I was raised Christian, Catholic actually, although I was told that Mormons have beliefs that fall outside orthodoxy, I never avoided Mormons. Some of my favorite people growing up were Mormons, like (going to date myself here) Donny and Marie! :)
Then I married an SDA and joined her church. This group is also considered outside orthodoxy by many actually and they also consider Mormons outside orthodoxy. Ironically there is MUCH in common between SDA's and Mormons and both faiths arose during the same general time period and share may similar traditions.
Also SDA's have a deep seeded mistrust of Catholics, well at least its built into their eschatology. So I have some interesting conversations, especially in light of fact that my dear younger brother is being ordained into the Catholic priesthood in a few weeks. I relish saying "Nuh-Uh, certianly not in my experience" when people in Sabbath school talk about how "those Catholics" this or that. LOL!
The funny thing is I understand the differences and I understand pointing out the other's fallacies, or misunderstandings in the context of a debate, but many people seem to base their "faith" as it were on this. That's too shallow a soil for my taste. If your diet, faith, philosophy, whatever, only keeps you because another's is worse, that seems pretty empty to me.
So all the religious squabbling is kind of silly to me, I mean in general there is more in common between people than not. Same thing for all the raw food shenanigans. I mean we are such a small minority, you would think we'd all have each other's back, but instead we sometimes seem to focus on difference of opinion and fight with each other more than we do with people completely outside our eating style.
I'm not saying that one side or the other doesn't have a more or less compelling argument. The fact that I am a member here shows that I like very much what lfrv in general ascribes to. I really like Harley and Freelees's mostly objective and simple data and results driven approach.
But I find the way humans tend to side and polarize really interesting and I find it super interesting how very much like religion (or anti-religion, same types of arguments) our diet stuff becomes. There's something in the mechanics of it that can teach us a great deal about ourselves I think.