Anti-Mormons don't get it. They do not engage LDS people in normal ways, but then they draw conclusions from the reactions of the people they pester. Here is a fun link to several great examples of this attitude, and the truly narcissistic view they have of Mormon interactions with them. They are seemingly baffled the Mormons have the nerve to say they are Christians. They JUDGE the Mormons in the harshest of terms and apparently possess a gift of divination, for they KNOW the only reason the Mormons won't interact with them is because their true righteousness crushes the false Mormon system of religion.
It is called observer effect and bias. Start with your "discovery" already firmly in mind. Negatively interact with the environment, and then pretend your anecdotal assaults on Mormonism and their chilly response to "drive-by insults" constitute the norm within the LDS people. Of course ignore the studies and surveys of active LDS people which accurately reflect their attitudes, understanding and level of commitment to their beliefs.
Sadly, what we see in most anti-Mormons is simply a conversion from one horrifically unhealthy life destroying compulsion to another. Whether it is sexual sin, pornographic addiction or good old mind-numbing pride, it is easy to see these ministerial muppets for the unChristian practioners they are. Why do they assault the Mormons? Because they love them! That is why they use terms like "Mormon Repugnance", "inauthentic dialogues", "confrontational evangelism". Even talking with people who think this is normal makes one want to take a bath afterwards.
They just don't get it: They are still sick, lost souls. Transferring one severely bad addictive behavior to another compulsion means you are still sick. I have personally spoken with many of the "stars" of anti-Mormonism. Some I believe are just frauds who have figured out how to make a living and boost their pride. Some seem to do it to cover up their sins. But many, many seem to be sick people who really do not understand how 12 step programs work. They show up like lemmings every 6-months to Temple Square or the LDS Pagent or Temple gate. Throw a few uninformed words onto a web page or blog somewhere and you get the kind of pernicious passionate know-nothing who feels the fact that 500 people frowned at them or told them to go home translates into a widespread trend among 120,000 conference goers. Average length of conversation which went into opinion formation: 2-seconds. Average amount of study of non-Anti-Mormon scholarly materials? 2-seconds. Average time they kept an open mind: You guessed it: 2-seconds.
I will be at Temple Square during conference in April for at least a few sessions. Sadly, I know there will be several of the usual group of uninformed anti-Mormons confused that the Mormons won't stop to hear their sophmorish deridings of the LDS faith and their "true" god. Truly unBiblical god, but then, they will not stop and speak with the Mormons who will politely but thoroughly walk them through the scriptures to show them the error of their ways. When someone tries, they have one answer: "You are just trying to waste my time."
Such is the observer effect. Define the end at the beginning, and then expound your parochialisms. As if handing out brochures and studying poorly researched material made you an expert. You couldn't pass a bone-head math class with that kind of suspended intellect. Which is why the observers still haven't figured out why the Mormon masses have truly figured them out. The effect of being observed.
See you at the gates. Peace.