The papers from the recent FAIR conference aren't posted yet, but I found a fun piece by Daniel Peterson from last year's conference titled Random Reflections on the Passing Scene. It's the first Peterson article I've actually enjoyed, probably because he was addressing a friendly audience as opposed to a world full of anti-somethings who need to be put in their place.
First, he noted the sudden prevalence of articles and books stressing the connection between Mormonism and violence, such as Bagley's Blood of the Prophets and Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven. I like the point he makes about journalists being, as a rule, liberal and left-leaning, inclined to (1) not understand or sympathise with religion, and (2) reflexively attribute the worst in human nature to religion and believers. Yes, 9/11 plays right into those biases, confirming what journalists always suspected, and Peterson thinks that is now being reflected in how the media and publishers are framing religion, general Christianity as well as Mormonism.
I disagree with his reading of Krakauer, though. He started his research well before 9/11, and while he made a few jabs here and there, his book was mostly critical of 21st-century polygamists, not 21st-century Mormons. Nor do I see Krakauer using polygamous Mormonism as a stand-in for Christianity in general. I don't imagine Krakauer is a real fan of religion, but I don't see UBH as a clever attack on religion in general. If that's what he had wanted to do, a writer of his caliber would have done it much more effectively.
You really should go read the paragraphs on the Islamic anti-Mormon conference in Idaho. Am I the only one surprised there are Muslims in Idaho? As there is more Mormon activity in Islamic states and communities, there will be more resistance of this sort (and in case you haven't noticed, the Islamic mentality inclines toward aggressive responses). The behavior of the Evangelicals at the Idaho conference is especially disappointing. Stupid hypocritical Christians of that sort better figure out who their friends are before it's too late. Go read about the fate of the Christian denominations in Germany, who were happy to see Hitler pick off their denominational adversaries until they realized he wasn't stopping with marginal, unpopular groups and at that point it was too late to stop him. How clueless do Idaho Evangelicals need to be to think Muslims are their allies against evil Mormons? They'd rather let Islamic critics slime Jesus than stick up for a Mormon on the podium? Don't we still get some good feelings up there from Harmon Killebrew?