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May 19, 2012

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MyQuest

Good post Greg. I saw no major news persons taking this, Mormon, angle on the story.

I've been annoyed since 2008 by how the media covers Wright and how they have avoided a serious discussion of a major, influential school of theology. Even this New York Times article insultingly put black liberation theology in quotes.

JDH

Great post, and I agree on all points. Religion is a tricky tightrope to walk; on the one hand you want to be respectful of the rights of the religious minorities. Religious persecution is not something we should revisit in the US if at all possible.

On the other hand - and let's be honest - Mormons are batshit crazy. Like really, really fucking crazy. All religion, to varying degrees, is a slightly crazy, but modern religions are a singular kind of crazy. Older religions benefit from a sparse historical record and centuries worth of tradition and ceremony. It seems far easier to suspend disbelief when contrary facts are harder to come by. The closer you move religion to a person's understanding of the world, though, the less a person is able to suspend their own knowledge and experience for the sake of faith.

Christianity, for example, survives on an individual's ability to, more or less, say, "I don't know what happened in the first century, so I can take this on faith." Mormons don't get that benefit of the doubt; they've shamelessly rewritten history that we all learned growing up in school. So it seems particularly crazy when they want you to take it on faith that Jesus walked among Native Americans a few hundred years ago. Somehow this happened during recorded history yet was never recorded...except in that mystery angel language.

Scientology isn't fundamentally different than LDS in this respect. It was invented in recorded history (memorable history in some cases), and seems comedic and preposterous even to people of faith.

You're right, Greg, that this should be examined. Questioning a person's faith is not the same as persecuting them. We're not saying Romney should be unelectable because he is a heretic, we're saying that a belief in Mormonism demonstrates a palpable disconnect from reality. It's a fair, I think, to wonder whether a President who would look reality in the face and reject it in his religion would do the same for the reality of governing. "I believe, therefore it is" won't cut it when dealing with foreign policy, social programs, and fiscal policy.

Matt Mikalatos

"Once you introduce the idea that a particular doctrine of another faith is nonsense, the same critical gaze must be directed at your own."

You would think so, but history would argue otherwise....

Tim Sean Youmans

You wrote, "I supect that America, left and right, lacks the stomach for this. It would require too much reflection as to the similarities of theistic systems. Once you introduce the idea that a particular doctrine of another faith is nonsense, the same critical gaze must be directed at your own."

Indeed. I don't know about America, but I do. --TS

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Greg Horton

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