- "I don't think the church will ever break out of its persecution complex. The headquarters of the church is only two steps away from a siege mentality. It's imbedded within the psyche of the culture." -Michael Quinn 
Mormons find their identity in their religious culture, and personally take criticism of their religion to a degree that is alarming.
- "Why do you hate us?"
- "I don't want to Bible-bash."
- "Are you an anti-Mormon?"
- "How much do you get paid to do this?"
- "Criticism only strengthens my testimony."
- "Are you trying to tear down my religion? We never do that to other religions."
- "Although the religions of men are often tolerant of each other, they cannot abide the presence of living prophets and the truths of salvation. Their bitterness and opposition toward Mormonism are an essential witness of its truthfulness. Validity draws the fire... If Mormonism were not true, it could be ignored. The fact that Satan and his cohorts cannot leave it alone is an evidence of its truthfulness." -Joseph Fielding McConkie 
- "I have an idea. How about you grow up and leave us alone? How about you respect others beliefs instead of insulting us and damning us to hell? Who are you to tell us what to believe? Seriously KID you need to grow up. We don’t worship Joseph Smith, we hold honor and revere him. We worship Jesus Christ. Our savior. Joseph Smith brought us to him, and for that we are eternally thankful. Unlike you, you sit here and harass Mormons, torturing our beliefs. Our beliefs are not yours to criticize. You’re ignorant, self-centered, conceited, pompous, and an all out [hypocrite]. Get over yourself man." 
- A response to Gordon B. Hinckley's The Mormons' Trail of Hope
- What is the Right Way to Respond to "Persecution?", by Aaron Shafovaloff
- Aren't You Guys Just A Bunch Of Biased And Hateful Bigots Who Have Nothing Better To Do Than To Persecute Mormons?, by Bill McKeever
- An Open Letter to Mormons (Main Street Church)