UPDATE – Since this story was first published, Google has removed the “quick answer” from it’s search results and has issued the following statement on July 22nd, 2014:

“Last night we removed an offensive quick answer about Mormonism. Quick answers sometimes appear on the top of search results, and are produced automatically based on a number of factors. We’re sorry for any offense this answer may have caused.”


Many online users are blowing up on social media as they are finding one of Google’s “instant” answers might not be the most accurate. Currently, if you search for the phrase “is mormonism a cult” on Google, you’ll get the following search result:Is Mormonism a cult?

Lately Google has been scraping information off other websites they feel can accurately and quickly answer a users question. For example, if I were to search for “why is the sky blue,” Google would instantly answer my question using, what they feel, is the most accurate result.


Of course, many Utahn’s aren’t happy with the result and are making that clear on social media. The answer conflicts with the personal beliefs of LDS members, and the site that Google used to scrape the result clearly has an agenda against the Mormon church.

How do you feel? Did Google do it’s job on finding the most accurate example, or was the system wrong?




  • Michael Bluth

    Nobody wants to believe the organization they belong to is a cult. I’m sure the Heaven’s Gate crew didn’t think they were part of a cult either. Members of a cult aren’t the most objective source when trying to determine the cult status of an organization.

  • Bart

    If I searched the term, “is Mormonism a cult” why would I not expect the search results to include, at the top, a website that says Mormonism is a cult? Duh.

  • Zach Adams

    I think it’s freaking hilarious

  • Peter Boling

    Never ask members of a cult if they belong to a cult.

  • Dustin

    When we hear the word “cult,” we often think of a group that worships Satan, sacrifices animals, or takes part in evil, bizarre, and pagan rituals. However, in reality, most cults appear much more innocent. The specific Christian definition of a cult is “a religious group that denies one or more of the fundamentals of biblical truth.” In simpler terms, a cult is a group that teaches something that will cause a person to remain unsaved if he/she believes it. As distinct from a religion, a cult is a group that claims to be part of the religion, yet denies essential truth(s) of that religion. A Christian cult is a group that denies one or more of the fundamental truths of Christianity, while still claiming to be Christian.

  • Dustin

    And the Mormons believe that you can’t achieve salvation without the book of Mormon. Sounds pretty obvious to me…

  • Ishmael Zaphod

    CARM is an apologetic Christian organization, not some kind of unbiased academic source. If you type “Is Obama a Muslim Communist” into Google would you want the Instant Answer coming from a Fox News pundit?

    I don’t mind when the Instant Answer comes from Wikipedia or some other widely accepted neutral source, but if Google’s selling this real estate to the highest bidder then it won’t be worth much at all.

  • Guacamole

    Well it depends what definition of a Cult you want to use. If a Cult means going into a secret building, cutting your throats while making oaths of secrecy and promising to avenge the death of the prophets, then yes, Mormonism is a Cult.

  • Laura Drake

    That is the “christian definition”. By the standard definition followers of Christ were in a cult as well as the prophets.

  • Chris

    Well duh

  • Dustin

    Cult is synonymous within “Christianity”… Or I should say relative to it. You’ve tried generalizing a term and that just doesn’t work. Mormonism falls into the cult definition… They just aren’t killing themselves to ride a comet.

  • TheMogabi

    People in a cult are always the last to know, if indeed they ever do.