Joseph Smith was called a prohpet…

June 28, 2005 at 5:19 pm (Religion)

If you haven’t read Under the Banner of Heaven: a Story of Violent Faith,
by Jon Krakauer, I highly recommend it. It is a candid and therefore
disturbing examination of the history and reality of Mormonism. It is
unfortunately, however aptly, referred to as the only true American
religion. Turns out that South Park episode was pretty spot on. One of
the more surprising things to me was all of the major sports leagues
owe royalties to the Latter-day Saints (lawsuit to follow):

…the Saints had little interest in associating with Missourianswho
remained too ignorant or obstinante to grasp God’s plan for mankind.
Joseph preached something he called “free agency”; everyone was free to
choose whether to be on the side of the Lord or the side of wickedness;
it was an entirely personal decision–but woe to those who decided
wrong.

I have a healthy dose of contempt for most organized religions, but
these people are beyond the pale. I find true Mormonism, based around
polygamy (the “fundamentalists”), to be about as offensive as Islam and
Southern Baptism, but how so-called mainstream Mormons can ignore their
history is beyond me. Polygamy was one of the most importnant founding
principles of Mormonism. If you pick and choose the messages of your
prophet that you will adhere to, you’re more of a cult than a religion.
One of my Jewish friends once said to me that Reform Judaism basically
ignores everything that sucks about being Jewish, you know, like that
silly kosher diet. My question is, why bother?

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3 Comments

  1. Underused said,

    I’ll give money to that guy’s campaign. PA should be collectively ashamed of itself for electing Santorum.

  2. JB said,

    He’s going to win. He’s the son and namesake of one of the most popular governors in recent history. He is currently the state treasurer, and was elected with more votes than anyone had ever gotten in a statewide election. He’s also an anti-choice, centrist Democrat, which I’m not too thrilled about but I just can’t help but love the guy who’s going to send Santorum back to his home state of Virginia.

  3. corthar said,

    “If you pick and choose the messages of your prophet that you will adhere to, you’re more of a cult than a religion.” I disagree. From my understanding, cults are classified as such BECAUSE they adhere strictly to the messages of a single prophet, placing that prophet’s worth and wisdom above all other things- including their own individuality/introspection.Definition of “cult”: 1. A religion or religious sect generally considered to be extremist or false, with its followers often living in an unconventional manner under the guidance of an authoritarian, charismatic leader. 2. The followers of such a religion or sect. 1. Obsessive, especially faddish, devotion to or veneration for a person, principle, or thing. 2. The object of such devotion.

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