February 1, 2012

Andrew Sullivan purports to know about "the Mormon mask."

"It's the kind of public presentation that a Mormon with real church authority deploys when dealing with less elevated believers, talking to them, and advising them. The cheery aw-shucks fake niceness in person is a function in part, some believe, of the role he has long played in the church: always a leader."

ADDED: Actually, he doesn't purport to know. He's just passing along some bullshit he heard.
I have no way to know whether this is true or not. But I'd love to hear from Mormon readers if this analysis of Mitt strikes them in any way as accurate.
When is it okay to spread stuff like this around? Isn't this prejudice and bigotry? Is it a special thing reserved for Mormons? For your political enemies? Test yourself out, Andrew. Imagine some friend of yours told you something like that about some other religious group. Test it with every religious group can think of, referring to political candidates that you like and dislike. Hold yourself to a neutral standard. Are you satisfied with what you've put out there?

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Chip S. said...

The "uncanny valley"?

How Sully misses Sarah!

gadfly said...

So South Park got the "aw shucks" Mormon Mask just right!

chickenlittle said...

And Sullivan is an expert on this because?...he heard about it? He's the main "I can't get over Romney's underwear" guy from a few election cycles ago, isn't he?

What Sullivan (and his Sullivanist followers here--you know who you are) forget is what an uglier face Obama put on government writ large. Sullivan can't see this because he's in love with the guy somehow.

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

You know I heard that gays learn to put on a flaming clown persona to lure little boys.

I don't know if that is true or not. So come on gays, is that true?

docweasel said...

Actually, I agree with Sullivan, this one, odd time. I have had family connexions with Mormonism. It has creepy, cultlike features. If you try to leave after committing to joining there are all kinds of weird visits from your "sponsors" demanding you come back. They went to the person's work, talked to neighbors. Really strange. Too little room to go into it all here, but they have some weird shit going on. This is not even going into the theology, which makes Scientology look sane. And then there's the recent (and some say, still) racist practices and beliefs. The whole claiming to be Christian, while denying the divinity of Christ. Sorry, this stuff matters to me. I'll never vote for Romney for a number of reasons, and Mormonism is one. I predict he won't win a Southern state again in the primaries (Florida is not a typical Southern state) just like in 2008. He will lose several in the general if he's the nominee. He will there-fore lose the election.

Palladian said...

docweasel, I also heard that Catholics eat human flesh and drink human blood during their rituals.

Weird shit!

Chip S. said...

Well, Gingrich and Santorum take their marching orders from the Pope. At least that's what a Catholic acquaintance of mine told me.

Why the fuck are we supposed to care if Romney's religion functions like AA?

Palladian said...

I also heard somewhere that Jews sacrifice babies to use in their Passover matzoh.

And someone once told me about some sort of Popish Plot against Sullivan's homeland.

Too little room to go into it all here, but there's a lot weird shit going on!

Better be safe and vote for Obama. He doesn't have any weird beliefs!

Coketown said...

I don't think this is unique to ministers or politicians. Anyone that deals on a personal level with a relentless stream of strangers is prone to develop this facade of fake exuberance. I did the same thing when I worked retail. Sullivan probably did it when he was doubled over in some alley in San Fransisco during Spring Break--though he probably had the luxury of wearing an actual mask. It's difficult to sustain a high level of interest and cheerfulness with so many different people, one after another, for such extended periods of time. Eh, Andrew?

Chip S. said...

And Ron Paul's a front for the Bilderbergers.

shiloh said...

On the up side :D the American voter will be a lot more familiar w/the "history" of the Mormon religion come November.

As always, the truth is out there! :-P

Jim said...

docweasel, you have no idea what you are talking about. We don't "deny the divinity of Christ". We worship Christ as the Son of God and the Redeemer. We don't "demand you come back". All you have to do to leave the church is send a letter stating your desire to the local Bishop. And what exactly our our "still racist practices and beliefs", pray tell?

Every day we decide what kind of person we are, docweasel. Is this really the person you want to be?

YoungHegelian said...

... I also heard that Catholics eat human flesh and drink human blood during their rituals.



ssssssssssshhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

And keep the sacred monkey stuff on the QT, too!

By the way, does Romney have any LDS authority, other than being an important pol? I've never seen it mentioned, and it's not like Mormons make a secret of being in the hierarchy.

pbAndjFellowRepublican said...

Is it prejudice and bigotry if I refuse to acquiesce in the false claim that Mormons are Christians?

jeff said...

"So South Park got the "aw shucks" Mormon Mask just right! "

Depends on what you are talking about. According to the episode I saw, there is no mask.

"This is not even going into the theology, which makes Scientology look sane."
Don't know much about Scientology, do ya.

I also know a number of Mormons and while it isnt my cup of tea, I find them no weirder than certain types of Pentecostals, Baptists, Catholics, Jews, Wiccans, etc. I couldn't give a rats ass if dances naked in the moonlight in the service of Satan, as long as he doesn't happen to be Obama, he's made a huge step towards me voting for him. If you are not going to vote for him because of his religion, and ONLY because his religion, then that's really strange and you've got some really weird shit going on there.

Palladian said...

You can do a lot to defame a minority religion with a billion dollar campaign chest!

Palladian said...

One wonders what nefarious intent hides behind a spacesuit mask...

Lem said...

"It's the kind of public presentation that a Muslim with real church authority deploys when dealing with less elevated believers, talking to them, and advising them. The cheery aw-shucks fake niceness in person is a function in part, some believe, of the role he has long played in the church: always a leader."

Ouch.

sydney said...

What do you expect from Andrew Sullivan? He thinks Sarah Palin's son is her grandson. Also, seems to me a an awful lot of what passes as journalism these days is just passing on gossip they hear from each other.

Chip S. said...

Apparently Obama and his minions have concluded that religious bigotry is their only hope.

They think this is going to be the latest version of Jack Ryan's divorce.

They're pathetic.

bwebster said...

Give me a break. I joined the LDS Church 44 years ago, and am still an active member. I so freaking tired of people who have absolutely no clue about the Church "explaining" what we really believe and how we really act (including you, docweasel). We're not a cult, there's nothing creepy about us -- we just spend a lot of time trying really hard to live up to our standards. Are there weird Mormons? Sure -- same's true of any religion.

I say this, by the way, as someone who doesn't particularly like Romney and who thinks he's amazingly tone-deaf at times. But that's not because he's Mormon; that's just him. I also say this as someone who has personally known Senators Orrin Hatch, Gordon Smith, and Harry Reid (in the last case, he and I attended the same LDS congregation for six years). They're all quite different, have different personalities and political belefs, and they all happen to be Mormon.

And, Docweasel, your profound ignorance is showing if you think Mormons deny the divinity of Christ. Here's a little challege for you: pick up a copy of the Book of Mormon and a yellow highlighter, and mark every refernce in there to Christ. Then come back, and we'll talk. ..bruce..

Eric said...

Been a Mormon all my life. Grew up in California and have a U.C. Berkeley PhD. I've been around. This is total nonsense. Utterly. Look, we have a distinctive theology, and we take care of each other. Other than that, we're just people. I think the best antidote for all this crap is to talk to people from Oregon, California or Arizona, where everyone has Mormon friends and neighbors. As for the cult nonsense, how could the same cult attract both Harry Reid and Glenn Beck?

pbAndjFellowRepublican said...

Palladian,

When you repeat the billion dollar talking point are you knowingly trying to deflect from Romney's coming billion dollar slimefest? ... Working the refs, shifting the focus, Squirrel!!!, and such.

Or, do you earnestly think that this billion dollar blather is an interesting POV.

Chuck66 said...

Change the word "Mormon" to Jew or Negro or Oriental or Catholic or Mexican........then resay the quote.

DaveW said...

Aiyeeee!

You tricked me into looking at Sullivan's blog! That just ain't right.

edutcher said...

I'm so inclined to believe a guy who calls himself docweasel.

As far as Sullivan, I presume this Mormon Mask (sounds like a movie serial from the 40s) is kept in Sarah Palin's uterus.

shiloh said...

On the up side :D the American voter will be a lot more familiar w/the "history" of the Mormon religion come November.

Including all the persecution.

Nothing like fighting your way up from the bottom to get Americans on your side :O

Lem said...

Its no fun without Palin to kick around anymore.

shiloh said...

Being raised Catholic, the concept of infinity ie "always was and always will be" was always a bridge too far.

Faith sticking point. Jim Jones led his flock to drink the koolaid, so true believers can be led most anywhere, if susceptible.

hmm, drinking the koolaid lol. Make up your own joke!

btw, still consider myself a Christian and "purport" w/Bono's philosophy ie the god I believe in isn't short on cash!

carry on

Chip S. said...

are you knowingly trying to deflect from Romney's coming billion dollar slimefest?

I'd say the slimefest is under way, and you're among the first to join in.

Russ said...

docweasel you have know idea what you are talking about. I won't go to your place of business or to your neighbors. If you want to quit, quit. Not hard. If I know you, I will miss seeing you, but we believe in free agency. You can choose to follow the teachings of the church or not. We believe in Jesus Christ and try to follow His teachings. If that doesn't fit your definition of christianity, that is not my problem. I am looking for a president who tries to be a good person. Some of my religious beliefs may not match others, but by their fruits ye shall know them.

Carol_Herman said...

I usually don't read Sullivan. But I know who he is.

And, besides Sullivan's observations, I have my own.

For instance, the kids are missing. Didn't Richard Nixon had to prove there were some college kids who were willing to vote for the guy?

Has politics just upped and left our campuses? Is what's left vending machines for condoms?

Talking about masks. And, not able to read a person's face. It comes to my mind that I can't you tell, just by looking, what the average Chinese or Japanese person thinks. (Yes, I know they vote.)

So far, all we know is that the republican party seems to be full of a lot of religious folk who are trying to foist their book ... and, their interpretation of this specific book, down a lot of throats. Including non-believers.

Oh, and not to leave out categories: Gays, too.

Mitt's not for everybody.

What happens if Mitt deflates? Will republican voters just look surprised? Will they get stunned?

The one thing I know about religion, is that the word "sects" ... means "all is not one."

Oh, yeah. The other thing I know about Andrew Sullivan is that he's more apt to write for (and get paid by), the Daily Beast. With Tina Brown holding, or withholding his paychecks.

HELLO.

He's a voice from "the other side."

I haven't heard much from "over there."

But if I had to guess? The election won't be held tomorrow.

Not just Obama. But all of his media array, will be taking aim at both religion ... in all its varieties ... And, TWO: Anyone who challenges Obama.

We know Newt bled all over the floor.

And, in Nevada, we know Harry Reid (of all people), won over Sharon Angle. Is Nevada "juiced" for Mormons?

Bender said...

He's just passing along some bullshit he heard.

You mean that he heard Romney's bullshit of cheery aw-shucks fake niceness, and he's passing that along?

I've heard it too. We all have. That is why nearly everyone finds Romney to be inauthentic and plastic, like a Ken doll.

Is it due to Mormonism? Who the hell cares. To focus on the Mormonism aspect and totally ignore the cheery aw-shucks fake niceness bullshit is to miss the point entirely.

The real point is that Romney -- for whatever reason -- is an untrustworthy, say anything, cheery aw-shucks fake niceness bullshitter who is more qualified to sell used cars than he is to be president.

DWPittelli said...

"does Romney have any LDS authority, other than being an important pol? I've never seen it mentioned, and it's not like Mormons make a secret of being in the hierarchy."

I think this may be a key question and a way his opponents in the fall will square the circle of religious bigotry. Romney was the head of the Boston diocese, wasn't he, as a Catholic would term it (I don't know the Mormon titles)?

If it was Father Drinan running for President instead of John F. Kennedy, wouldn't the whole Catholic thing have seemed a more legitimate question to most people?

Will Collier said...

I'm not a Mormon, and have no particular love for Romney, but if I were in his shoes in this situation, I'd definitely quote South Park:

"Look, maybe us Mormons do believe in crazy stories that make absolutely no sense, and maybe Joseph Smith did make it all up, but I have a great life. and a great family, and I have the Book of Mormon to thank for that. The truth is, I don’t care if Joseph Smith made it all up, because what the church teaches now is loving your family, being nice and helping people. And even though people in this town might think that’s stupid, I still choose to believe in it. All I ever did was try to be your friend, Stan, but you’re so high and mighty you couldn’t look past my religion and just be my friend back. You’ve got a lot of growing up to do, buddy. Suck my balls."

Bender said...

Being raised Catholic, the concept of infinity ie "always was and always will be" was always a bridge too far.

Yeah. Problem is that the Catholic Church does not have any teaching on any "concept of infinity" with respect to temporality.

jayemarr said...

I don't really understand why his statement is even significant. Boil it down and what do you get? Romney is insincere because he's used to being in a leadership role?

What would the alternative to that be? Someone who is genuine with no leadership experience? Personally I've had too much of that already. The second part, at least.

Mark Nielsen said...

Docweasel: "...Too little room to go into it all here, but..."

Just enough room to show your vile prejudice, I guess. Denying the divinity of Christ? Really? Check your sources. We (I happen to be Mormon -- a Mormon Bishop, in fact) may have profoundly different doctrines from mainstream Christianity on a lot of things, but the divinity of Christ is not one of them.

Some people can disagree with another faith's beliefs without being a bigot about it. You aren't demonstrating that skill. Check out Freeman's posts on the "Landslide" thread from last night -- especially the 9:03 post. Mormonism doesn't fit his definition of Christianity, and he states frankly and accurately why. I'm OK with that. I'm comfortable with my own definition of "Christian". But he doesn't put my beliefs in some bizarre carnival-fun-house mirror that exaggerates insignificant aspects into horrifying oddities, and he doesn't show either utter ignorance or wilful misrepresentation.

Disagreement is not bigotry. Your post is.

Palladian said...

Would you rather buy a used car from Romney or Gingrich?

arlington hewes said...

Mormons are common in my community, I grew up around them. They are a cult (I believe that because much of their doctrine is kept secret from outsiders), they believe in us vs. them. Name another religion which has it's own little school right next to public schools so that they can "recalibrate" the students after all the terrible things they learned at the public school. Above all, they worship money. As with all followers of faith, there are different levels of devotion. I have Mormon friends, they are good people, they believe in family. But if there is a disaster, they will care only for their own. Another thing I can verify is the old joke about always taking two Mormons if you go fishing. If you take only one, he will drink all of your beer.

Palladian said...

"Above all, they worship money."

Just like those dirty Jews!

Crucify Mitt Romney!

SukieTawdry said...

I must say, the people I've encountered in Utah are as nice, as kind, as helpful to strangers as any I've encountered anywhere and, in most cases, more so. And they've got a great choir.

The only thing I know about Mitt's Mormonism is that he served his mission in Paris. Tough duty.

Cedarford said...

I just don't think Sullivan is a positive contributor to American society these days - and he has a lethal, communicable disease. A rather corrosive being.

Time to pull his work visa, deport him as an undesirable alien.

Cedarford said...

I just don't think Sullivan is a positive contributor to American society these days - and he has a lethal, communicable disease. A rather corrosive being.

Time to pull his work visa, deport him as an undesirable alien.

At least it is probably time for people to start openly calling to have him pack his bags and leave and inflict himself on some other nation.

Lem said...

Andrew is saying that Mitt is like the fictional Bob Roberts (1992)

That Mitt is a corrupt rightwing Mormon who runs a crooked election campaign.

Mark said...

It might be painful, but I should go back and re-read some of the stuff Sullivan produced in the '90s and the early part of this century. Back then I looked forward to reading him.

I hope he's the one who changed. I really do.

The Crack Emcee said...

As much as I hate to agree with Sullivan, for those of you who are so quick to disaggree, I ask you:

What do you REALLY know of Mormonism?

Bigotry and misinformation?

Please. It's a fucking cult.

Unknown said...

The pope will talk in parables to you. It's the nature of the business. He will reserve the inner symbolism for himself. It's like trying to explain a dream to people.

Terry said...

Its no fun without Palin to kick around anymore.
Would it be cruel to send Sullivan an anonymous email claiming I had close connections to the Romneys & that I'd seen -- with my own eyes!! -- Palin convert to Mormonism and marry Romney as a "second wife" in a secret ceremony in Utah? With Trig circumsised in the ceremony's ghastly finale?

Andy R. said...

Wow, how many Mormons popped in to comment on this thread? Are they regulars or did the bat signal go out for this post?

Chip S. said...

A cult full of functional people is fine with me.

The Crack Emcee said...

Chip S.,

Why the fuck are we supposed to care if Romney's religion functions like AA?

Because AA is a cult, that's why.

Fuck, you guys, get cultism into your sights, out of your systems, and out of our fucking country.

If they want to defend themselves from the charge, fine, but let them do it - you don't have to do it for them.

Unknown said...

What I find different about Mormons is the relationship they try to build about true baptism. And the idea of prophets, where the true ones are Mormons. Mormons in general seem nicer to me than everyone else I meet. Of course that bothers me.

I'd be something else here than unknown but google seems to have stuck that on me with perma glue.

Craig said...

The Osmonds were antithetical to the Jackson Five's thesis, just as Soul Train was to American Bandstand. The Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose could have represented a new synthesis. How come Eddie Cornelius never appeared on Soul Train or American Bandstand. His voice reminds me a little of Sam Cook.

Mark said...

"Would you rather buy a used car from Romney or Gingrich?"

Well, both of them would be foreign-built (hey, buy the best your dollar will get you) and even used would be out of my price range.

Mitt's would be impeccably maintained, would go fast with minimal road noise, would come with freshly-sprayed New Car Smell, and otherwise totally isolate you from the real world. Aficianados would nod to you with solemn expressions when you step out of the car. Everyone else's first impression would be, wow, that looks expensive, and then bored, forget they saw it.

Newt's would be throwing oil, because it was probably built to live fast and die young. (It might have a horse, a trident, or something else like that on the hood.) It would scare the shit out of you going through the corners, but assuming you actually replaced the (very expensive) specialty tires every 3000 miles, the car would hold them and you'd survive. It would smell like the last expensive hooker who sat in the passenger's seat. Men would drool, and women would want to sit in the passenger's seat.

OTOH, Obama would sell you the title to a car, you'd go to pick it up, and you'd find an empty parking space.

YoungHegelian said...

@Bishop Nelson

We (I happen to be Mormon -- a Mormon Bishop, in fact) may have profoundly different doctrines from mainstream Christianity on a lot of things, but the divinity of Christ is not one of them.

Thank you for that frank admission. I wish I could tell you that most Mormons I've bumped into have been so frank.

I understand, to some extent, the LDS reticence in being up-front about their teachings in a primarily Christian country. After all, Joseph Smith was murdered by a "Christian" mob for doing exactly that.

But sometimes, the LDS just can't seem to shake the urge to obfuscate, e.g. this

"Confusion and false doctrines about the Godhead were fashioned out of the Nicene Creed and Constantinople councils, where men declared that instead of three separate beings, the Godhead was three persons in one God, or the Trinity. Just as Christian Protestant reformers struggled with these creeds of men, I did as well."

Just what "Reformers" did he have in mind who rejected the Trinitarian formulation of the Nicene Creed. Or any of it at all? Michael Servetus, proto-Unitarian and burned by Calvin in Geneva? Certainly not any of the classical reformers.

Robert said...

Andrew once again reveals his reflexive contempt for the Other -- in his case, conservative heterosexual breeding women like Sarah Palin, religious people like Mitt Romney, and blacks who fall on the other side of the bell curve. In these cases he's "just asking questions," and how can asking questions possibly be bigoted?

Any person who spends five minutes around a true leader will see there's a mask. Why does Andrew suspect that's a Mormon thing? It's so closely reminiscent of people who think it's a Jewish thing -- the same people who have just a question or two about the holocaust, and truthfully, what's wrong with asking questions?

Recession Cone said...

I wish Romney would talk more about the work he did as a Mormon Bishop and Stake President. When he served in those callings, he spent 10-20 unglamorous hours a week working with people from all walks of life. As a Bishop, he was responsible for administering the church welfare program, which means he personally worked with people in need and gave them financial and material support. You don't get to choose who you hang out with as a bishop, you're responsible for everyone living in your geographic area and must be kind and supportive to everyone. The vast majority of people with Romney's wealth associate only with their peers, and have no conception of the magnitude of unpaid commitment and service Romney provided. Romney is too cagey about his Mormon experience, I think if he were to speak about his service it would humanize him and deflate the idea that he is out of touch with the common man.

And by the way, for those saying Mormonism is a cult - I'm a practicing Mormon with a PhD from Berkeley. I have heard it all. Assuming people believe things only because they're naive is bigotry of the most common sort. Have a little tolerance, please.

Jane said...

Now that this thread is getting old, I'm probably not going to get a response, but here's my take: the one way in which the Mormonism is a concern is that, well, how do intelligent Mormons deal with the fact that it's a bit flaky, to say the least, to believe that the Lost Tribes of Israel came to the U.S. and built a civilization of which there is no trace? And I've read (maybe I'm wrong on this one) that Mormons believe in having large families because their children will serve them in the afterlife (won't they be stuck serving their own parents then?).

So I'm figuring that there's some degree to which they figure it is "crazy stories that make absolutely no sense" like the South Park character, but don't want to leave the community, damage their relationships with family, etc., so they ignore that skepticism. And I would tend to connect that pragmatism to Romney's claimed flip-flopping, which in some ways might be a practicality that we need in a president (fix the economy, don't pursue ideological purity) but might also give us too much of a tendancy to give in and take the path of least resistance (in foreign policy, giving the Iranians a pass over and over again; in budgeting, accepting high deficits rather than making hard choices to cut the deficit, etc.)

Real live Mormons out there, what say you?

Bender said...

Would you rather buy a used car from Romney or Gingrich?

Thanks for conceding my point: Romney's no better than a used car salesman.

Lawler Walken said...

Reading some of these comments I think Andrew Sullivan's got company. Mormons love money? Uh...okay. I love money too. I mean, I really like having it, as much as I can get which isn't all that much because I'm not especially talented but still. And I'm not even Mormon. And Mormons have their own special schools? Unlike Jews with their Hebrew school or Catholics who send their kids to catechism classes or Baptists who have Sunday schools and Bible camp and vacation bible school in the summer. Yes, Mormons are real unique with that. And Mormons are a cult because they have secretive beliefs, so secret that you can buy the book of Mormon at Amazon and can easily find any number of other books about the faith and even invite a passing LDS missionary into your home to learn all about it. Very covert.

You know what's really weird about Mormons? They all love basketball. Seriously. And the Boy Scouts. They're big into that. Plus they seem to like having kids. Very strange. That Mormon Mask, it's hiding a lot of sicko stuff for sure.

William said...

The problem with this line of attack is that Romney is so bland and normal that no one will buy it. Romney can be a closet moderate or a closet cult fanatic, but he cannot be both.

Chip S. said...

While we're at it, could we ask intelligent Catholics to explain their thoughts about the doctrine of transubstantiation?

And let's make sure they have lots of kids for the right reasons.

Incredible.

R. Chatt said...

All this speculation about Mormons, whether it's a cult, how about Obamabots?

Aren't they a cult? Don't they believe/worship their leader as someone who has special powers? Don't they get enraged by any suggestion that Obama isn't as "special" as they believe?

Don't they refer to supporting the 2012 campaign with the question, "Are you in?"

Don't they base their support based more on Obama's image and personality rather than on a rational evaluation of what he has accomplished as the chief executive and leader?

Isn't their campaign heavily invested in an "us v. them" mentality which borders on paranoia?

Don't all of these questions apply as well to Ron Paul supporters?

The Crack Emcee said...

Eric,

Look, we have a distinctive theology, and we take care of each other. Other than that, we're just people.

Yeah, people following a "belief' brought by Joseph Smith who was first brought to America's attention after being busted in New York's "burnt over district" for fraud (it was called the "burnt over district" because it was notorious, for it's gullibility, amongst the numerous religious con men who regularly blew through town).

Smith's nonsense involved golden plates - with a message only he could see - and an angel named "Moroni" (which rhymes too well with "baloney") plus a bunch of added BS from almost every major religion, practically held together with duct tape because Smith was illiterate.

I could go on but there's no point - the ignorance of others is the key to cultism's rise. For those of you so quick to scream "bigotry," I ask you:

if you arrived in a new city and, within three days, found people calling you at work, asking if you had a Book of Mormon (as I did in Salt Lake) would you think this was a typical "church" you're dealing with?

Bender said...

The pope will talk in parables to you. It's the nature of the business. He will reserve the inner symbolism for himself. It's like trying to explain a dream to people.
_____________

Yet another erroneous know-nothing statement about the Catholic Church and about Pope Benedict in particular.

In point of fact, far from reserving the inner symbolism for himself, as if he were some gnostic, Pope Benedict is still the professor that he was went he taught theology in the university. And he is widely reknown as a master teacher, taking the time to explain the most complex points in easy and understandable terms, yet without "dumbing it down."

Epsilon Given said...

Enough with this "this or that religion is a cult" nonsense. We would be wise to remember that labeling religious organizations as "cults" allows us to dehumanize them...and that attitude gave us things like Waco, the Holocaust, and Missouri Governor Bogg's extermination order against the Mormons in the 1830s.

Beldar said...

Umm, Prof. Althouse, instead of suggesting that Sullivan test himself out by imagining some other religious group, you perhaps ought to have suggested that he imagine some other sort of discrete and insular minority group.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Please. It's a fucking cult.

Pretty much, all religions are cults to one extent or another. The ones you know and grew up in seem comfortable to you. The ones you don't know are weird and strange and must be cults....right?

Being a Ron Paul supporter counts as a cult in my opinion. Same thing with being an Eco-nazi tree hugging nut or a rabid PETA extremist.

I don't know much about Mormonism, but I do know many people who belong to the Mormon Church. As far as I can tell they are just nice people, good citizens, good parents and don't push their religion on anyone. Which is something I can't say about most rabid progressives, eco freaks or the Occupy Whatever morons.

The Crack Emcee said...

DWPittelli,

"does Romney have any LDS authority, other than being an important pol? I've never seen it mentioned, and it's not like Mormons make a secret of being in the hierarchy."

You don't want to see it. Like ann, you guys want to scream "bigotry" without knowing what anyone's talking about.

The same thing used to happen, here, regarding NewAge.

Doesn't happen any more,...

shiloh said...

Obamabots = 69.5 million in 2008

Be afraid, be very afraid!

Whereas mittens may actually be a robot :D as he has all the definable aspects and undefinable :-P as well.

Carol_Herman said...

I think back to Gerald Ford. Nixon picked a guy who was known for his charm. And, Gerald Ford didn't disappoint on that score. You know, two years after his appointment to the presidency, he refused to leave. And, forced Ronald Reagan to go home.

1976 came and went. And, Ford didn't win.

It wasn't a "charm" issue.

Wrong man selected, issue.

In 2008, that's what befell McCain.

1996? Should it count? Nobody could have won against Bill Clinton.

What did you learn?

You learned the American public didn't get all outraged over a blow job.

I don't think it's a Mormon issue, now. I think, though, that it is so sad that so many ambitious men have to cater to the social conservative end of the republican party.

But, heck, maybe Obama wins anyway.

What we're going through, then? The trials of watching a debate about religion ... Not just one branch. But whether you can collect a majority ... where none collected before.

The Crack Emcee said...

Will Collier,

I'm not a Mormon, and have no particular love for Romney, but if I were in his shoes in this situation, I'd definitely quote South Park,...

Sure, but South Park left out that, without furious pushback, people in Salt Lake caught nasty looks for drinking coffee, wanting a beer, or many other forms of normal living. Beer in Utah still isn't full strength because of Mormons and you have to buy it at a heavily taxed "liquor store". (I had a friend - a cop - come to visit recently, and we went down to the hotel bar to talk over drinks. He took one sip and asked the bartender if she forgot the vodka. She replied he was in Utah and, if he wanted a 'real drink," he'd have to purchase two and combine them in a single glass,...) Until recently, you couldn't even enter a bar without a fucking "sponsor" allowing you in.

Come on, people, figure it out:

We don't want these morons in power.

Tom said...

I'm a Mormon lurker. No bat signal needed to get some of us legally- and politically-inclined Mormons to read Althouse.

Romney currently has no more authority in the Mormon church than I do, as far as I know. I teach Sunday school for 8-year-olds. Romney did serve in a position of relatively high authority, but once you're done with a given position, you're done. Authority doesn't automatically accrue with seniority or anything. He could be asked to serve again, but until then he's a regular old member. His next position, once he has time to serve again, could be youth leader or sunday school teacher. It happens all the time that a former bishop goes back to doing run-of-the mill church service.

So the entire premise is faulty because Romney has no real church authority right now. But even so, the idea that the aw shucks niceness is fake and is a mask is just a guess by a bigot. There is a lot of real aw shucks niceness among Mormons. Sure, some people are fake nice, but to attribute that to Mormonism itself or to assert that it is a trait of Mormons generally is pure prejudice.

madAsHell said...

I've never met a Mormon I didn't like. My father was of the same opinion. His opinion was forged on Okinawa.

I do recall working in a Seattle shipyard, and the Mormon child molester vanished. They take care of their own.

Chip S. said...

you guys want to scream "bigotry" without knowing what anyone's talking about.

You talk about this stuff as if we're all planning to marry some Mormons we just met last weekend.

What we're proposing is simply to evaluate Romney, Santorum, Gingrich, Obama, and anybody else on the basis of their policy proposals, their credibility, and their character.

If you think Mormonism is informative about any of those things, then you should be able to point out specifics with regard to Romney. It's bigotry when you ascribe some alleged group traits to all members of the group. And it's particularly strange in the case of a group whose members are generally considered highly functional.

Fen said...

Time for our usual Ode to Andrew Sullivan:

The writer stares with glassy eyes
Defies the empty page
His beard is white, his face is lined
And streaked with tears of rage.

Thirty years ago, how the words would flow
With passion and precision,
But now his mind is dark and dulled
By sickness and indecision

And he stares out the kitchen door
Where the sun will rise no more...

Some are born to move the world
To live their fantasies
But most of us just dream about
The things we'd like to be
Sadder still to watch it die
Than never to have known it
For you, the blind who once could see
The bell tolls for thee



Just go on and die Andy. Try to do it with some grace and dignity.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Beer in Utah still isn't full strength because of Mormons and you have to buy it at a heavily taxed "liquor store".

You can't buy liquor in the stores in Oregon. Beer and wine, yes. But not any other kind of alcohol. You have to go to a State Liquor Store which is usually in a pretty slummy section of town and the cost is through the roof.

Is the State of Oregon a Mormon cult too? I'd better tell my mother in law who lives in Eugene.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Until recently, you couldn't even enter a bar without a fucking "sponsor" allowing you in.

Oh. Like the 'dry counties' in some southern states where you could only get a drink if you belonged to the VFW or a private club.

Damn....those Mormon cultist are everywhere. They even pose as Baptists. Sneaky!!

traditionalguy said...

Mormons have a distinct culture from their need to spread a deceptive story that they are Christian.

The Mask is used by sales people by and sales representatives of cults.

But every denomination uses their acceptable religious mask when at church assemblies among themselves.

The heresy cults like Mormons and Jehovah's witnesses have spent more time training the sales teams on how to deceive prospects. That does affect their ability to be themselves around outsiders.

And I have noticed Mitt's mask slip several times recently. When he is being himself it looks strange because his facial emotions do not synchopate with his words.

The unmasked Mitt shows a driver personality type that is angered when losing control over others.

Not that there is anything wrong with that.

The Crack Emcee said...

William,

The problem with this line of attack is that Romney is so bland and normal that no one will buy it. Romney can be a closet moderate or a closet cult fanatic, but he cannot be both.

Oh yeah, and NewAgers are nice women with dolphin earrings who promote self-help, or they're multiple cults of cold blooded killers with a body count that keeps growing right under our noses.

They can't be both, right?

You people understand NOTHING.

Bender said...

While we're at it, could we ask intelligent Catholics to explain their thoughts about the doctrine of transubstantiation?

OK, request granted. But due to length, I won't bother to quote in full these posts explaining it. Whoever has a good faith desire to know about the Real Presence can follow the links --

In the Eucharist, the Fundamental Reality of the Bread and Wine are Transformed, explanation by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (a/k/a Pope Benedict, who does NOT reserve the inner symbolism for himself.)

The Blessed Sacrament -- the Real Presence of the Body and Blood of Christ (Part One)
The Blessed Sacrament -- the Real Presence of the Body and Blood of Christ (Part Two), explanation by Bender

Carol_Herman said...

You know, there was a book. It was called ELMER GANTRY. It became a blockbuster movie, too. Starring Burt Lancaster.

People went to see that movie! It told the story of a faker. A "tent revivalist."

As for public showings of religious beliefs? I think it all went downhill from there. We haven't had a good story, yet, about the parade of political fakers we've seen. Well, except for Animal House. Where, when the credits roll, we see the John Belushi character became a US Senator.

And, back in 2004, John Kerry couldn't become president. Even though he ran against a jerk. It was the one time the GOP jerk was better than the the demorapic choice.

By 2006, Dubya stopped listening to Dick Cheney. And, he fired Donald Rumsfeld. He then pushed Condi Rice forward. So she could dance with the French on the Lebanese border.

Now the GOP seems to be arguing for "more religion." Watch the majority probably voting the other way.

David R. Graham said...

"As for the cult nonsense, how could the same cult attract both Harry Reid and Glenn Beck?"

By appealing on the one hand to their vanity, on the other hand to their lack of self-confidence and on the third hand to their ambition. And on the fourth hand (cf. Siva) to their lust for acceptance, inclusion in a domineering, protection-seeming group. Reid and Beck both are defective.

Mormonism is Arianism modern. Were it Christian, Mormons would profess the Nicene Creed.

pbAndjFellowRepublican said...

"They take care of their own."

Is this like the Catholic church moving molesters around?

I hope not.

AJ Lynch said...

Wombs...religion...Sullivan is an expert in everything!

The Crack Emcee said...

R. Chatt,

All this speculation about Mormons, whether it's a cult, how about Obamabots?

Aren't they a cult?

Don't all of these questions apply as well to Ron Paul supporters?


Yes and yes, and I've been saying so for years. Ann even agreed about the Obama cult once, but, now, she's back on the hard stuff again.

The woman is crazy for the shit.

Mark Nielsen said...

Jane,

Yes, the thread is getting old, and maybe someone will respond to your questions before I do -- or maybe this thread really isn't the place for a discussion of Mormon doctrines. But, you asked, so I'll try to answer.

I'm a mathematician (PhD in discrete and combinatorial geometry, if that matters). Logic matters to me. I couldn't just ignore being asked to accept "crazy stories that make no sense" as part of the beliefs around which I build my life. There is a fairly wide range of beliefs regarding how Mormons look at the historicity of the Book of Mormon. First, nobody claims the "Lost tribes of Isreal" came to America. The book tells the story of descendants of mostly one family fleeing Jerusalem in about 600 BC, with side stories of two other pilgrimages as well. While I'd admit that most Mormons through church history have thought of the book as describing the ancestors of a large part of the native peoples of the Americas, there's nothing that requires that belief, and in fact I think science and archaeology have ruled it out. A more localized interpretation of the book seems more plausible. In any case, the history is not the important part -- the teachings are why the book is important to us. I don't fret about the teachings of the Old or New Testaments either, even though I know some of the geographic, historical, and scientific details are flawed and clearly drawn from folklore.

As for whatever you heard about the reasons for having lots of kids, there's nothing like that in our beliefs. We do believe that our family structures can endure to eternity, but we don't make the afterlife any better by having more kids.

I hope that helps a little -- thanks for asking.

Rich Rostrom said...

The CoJCoLDS is structurally different from nearly all of the other groups it is compared to in this context.

It has a formal hierarchical organzation, like the Roman Catholi Church, but unlike nearly all other religions. But unlike the RCC, its top leadership nearly all have day jobs. Being a Mormon Elder is not a career.

So one can say things about Mormons and the CoJCoLDS that may or may not be true, but are not even applicable to other groups.

Alex said...

Crack belongs to the cult of machismo.

O Ritmo Segundo said...

This just in: No one cares.

You really think this is going to do anything to help that pisspoor candidate have a shot at anything real?

Polishing the shiny turd that is Romney - whatever the reason for his massive phoniness - is a proposition too fatuous for even this blog.

Ann Althouse must have been strapped to the roof of Romney's car and experienced some kind of Stockholm Syndrome from it.

Keep the faith, guys. Or the anger. Whichever it comes down to this month.

Steve Koch said...

Lot of anti Mormon bigotry by the commenters on the Althouse blog. My guess is that Romney being a Mormon bothers the religious right wing of the GOP much more than it bothers indies like Althouse or Dems.

I'm an agnostic so all religions seem a bit strange to me.

chickenlittle said...

I wonder if Eli Blake is lurking here. It would be interesting to hear his take on this.

Tom said...

Jane,
Mormons don't believe either of those things. The lost tribes thing resembles in some sense events recounted in the Book of Mormon, but your account isn't accurate. As far as children serving their parents in the afterlife, I've never heard such a thing. So your understanding of Mormon beliefs is mistaken, at least in those particulars. But certainly, you would find some of our beliefs to be unsupported by evidence, including the belief that Jesus rose from the dead.

O Ritmo Segundo said...

Wombs...religion...Sullivan is an expert in everything!

Well he does read, unlike you. Pity that that's all expertise requires nowadays. But given what the literate are up against nowadays, we can see why that is.

Alex said...

I can see Ritmo is on to his 100th moniker by now. Why does he do it - nobody really knows.

Chip S. said...

What I really want to know is which end of a soft-boiled egg each candidate opens.

'Cause one of those ways is just fuckin' crazy.

David R. Graham said...

"You people understand NOTHING."

That is hyperbole, surely. More than a little Olympian, too, is it not?

I try to understand what seems important, but I try to remind myself, also, that what seems is not more than that and also that whatever I understand, or think I understand, I stand under and am thus in thrall to, bondage, if you will, and finally, that whatever really is important cannot be stood under because it has no second to stand under it.

Perhaps that is an experience for which you are reaching. If so, be assured, you cannot make it happen. It gifts itself to you or not.

The Crack Emcee said...

Chip S.,

If you think Mormonism is informative about any of those things, then you should be able to point out specifics with regard to Romney.

I already gave you a link to former-Mormon who grew up with Romney, and is shocked every time Romney dismisses the "theodemocratic" ambitions of Mormons, being acted out through him. I live in Salt Lake, own a Book of Mormon, and my best friend is from a Mormon family.

Even better - I understand cultism.

YoungHegelian said...

The original reticence among Mormons to be open with their faith due to persecution from more mainline Christians has now, I believe, morphed into another reason for reticence --- embarrassment among a growing cadre of successful & well-educated Mormons at just how truly strange their theology is.

This happens among all faiths to some extent, but worse among those that don't have a history of apologetics to deal with deal with "faith seeking understanding".

When a religion becomes like the South Park "...because what the church teaches now is loving your family, being nice and helping people.." it's a faith that's dying.

You want to know a faith that got embarrassed by its doctrine and so became about family & good works? Reform Judaism. Brilliant hardworking people. Where would we be without them? But as a faith, it's getting swallowed up in politics & ethnicity, and it looks about as dead as any faith on the American scene today.

That's Mormonism 100 years from now.

Steel Turman said...

What Andrew Sullivan knows about Mormons can't be less than I want to know him, that much I do know.

Carol_Herman said...

If the GOP comes up with an idea that kids graduating high school should not go directly to college ...

Could this be a "mission thing?"

That's basically in the score of the musical. Going on the mission ...

So, yeah. More will come out ... t'marra.

While, when Gerald Ford lost, it had nothing to do with Mormonism.

shiloh said...

"how could the same cult attract both Harry Reid and Glenn Beck?"

Usually one is born into a religion.

"Polishing the shiny turd that is Romney - whatever the reason for his massive phoniness - is a proposition too fatuous for even this blog."

So nice, let's post it twice ...

Although, on a good day, this blog is quite fatuous! :-P

Bender said...

My guess is that Romney being a Mormon bothers the religious right wing of the GOP much more than it bothers indies like Althouse or Dems
_________

No, the problem that the religious right has with Romney is that he's black.

Oh, wait, that's why religious conservatives are opposed to Obama. If Obama were a white guy, they'd love him.

Then again, Harry Reid is a white guy and they're not too keen on him either. But Reid is Mormon, so maybe they dislike him and Romney solely for their Mormonism after all.

The Crack Emcee said...

Dust Bunny Queen,

You can't buy liquor in the stores in Oregon. Beer and wine, yes. But not any other kind of alcohol. You have to go to a State Liquor Store which is usually in a pretty slummy section of town and the cost is through the roof.

Could you sit in a cafe and drink coffee? People had to fight for that in Utah. Do they adjust the alcohol level of the beer? Do you have to go out of state to get a "real beer"? Did you need a sponsor to go to a bar? Did the church call you at work before you had even unpacked your luggage?

You seem to be leaving out a lot of what I'm saying here,...

O Ritmo Segundo said...

And then we have the commenter far upstream defining his own little ad hoc brand of a strange variant of McCarthyism.

Is this a Wisconsin thing?

What's next? A loyalty oath for people to swear off all thought based on whose writings they've ever read?

How many people here read or might have agreed with anything Pat Buchanan ever said? Let's get it all out.

Or this gem, from modern conservatism's founder.

Nice, pure, intellectually infallible tradition there to take pride in.

Chip S. said...

Crack, I will concede the superiority of your knowledge of cults. But I don't see any evidence that Mormonism has led Romney to try to impose any Mormon practices on non-Mormons through government action.

All you're arguing about Romney, AFAICT, is that he's ambitious. Well, no kidding. Good luck applying that as a disqualifying feature of a presidential candidate.

O Ritmo Segundo said...

Right now, tonight, I want to know who is a "Buckleyist".

Come one, step forward. You know who you are.

According to the third comment on this thread, that would make you a supporter of whatever it takes for "the advanced race" "to prevail".

Come on guys. We've got some intellectual purity to defend tonight. Gingrichism's pyromania will only be so purifying. Some of you want a more satisfying form of purification, and I'd like to see you attain it.

JAL said...

@ Jim All you have to do to leave the church is send a letter stating your desire to the local Bishop.

Right. Send a letter. But to get your *name* actually taken *off* the roll? Ha! Well, that makes for some interesting stories.

I have problems with Romney on a number of levels. He is too much a politician. He says what he thinks people want to hear to get to where he wants to go. Not to mention Mormon missionaries will be insufferable.

But Obama chills me to the bone.

So I'll do what I can to get Congress on the right path and hope they can keep whoever in line.

Paddy O said...

There's no cafe thread that I see, so I'll ask here.

Anyone else having trouble with the 200+ threads? On the front page, I see 200+ numbers, but click the comments and there's exactly 200, with no link to further pages like usual. The other 200+ threads recently are the same way.

Google blocking more than 200 comments now?

traditionalguy said...

What a night. We have Crack, Ritmo and Palladian all commenting on an Andrew Sullivan opinion.

Palladian wins the thread for cogently expressing so well that Mitt will be better than Obama no matter how flawed his human flaws and how strong his human strengths turn out to be.

At least Mitt is not an enemy dedicated to finishing off the USA...Gingrich maybe but not the USA.

JAL said...

And Jim, just for the record, the Mormon Jesus is defined differently than the orthodox Christian understanding of who Jesus is.

Using the same types of words doesn't do it.

It's the re-definition of the words that trips one up.

chickenlittle said...

Paddy-O: I noticed this several days ago. Yashu told me the trick: Just load the blog title by clicking.

The Crack Emcee said...

Chip S.,

Crack, I will concede the superiority of your knowledge of cults. But I don't see any evidence that Mormonism has led Romney to try to impose any Mormon practices on non-Mormons through government action.

Well, to do that would be stupid BEFORE ATTAINING POWER, now wouldn't it?

Look, all you have to see is an angry friend demanding a Mormon bishop leave his daughter alone to get the scales to fall from your eyes about what's behind the "nice" facade,...

O Ritmo Segundo said...

That's a lot of faith you have, TG. But unfortunately we are not living in a George Lucas movie. No country's political system will reward a privileged, phony, out of touch, oblivious jerk just because he's got a perma-smile on his face and plastered hair.

shiloh said...

Purifying, like in Dr. Strangelove?

Gen. Jack D. Ripper: I can no longer sit back and allow communist infiltration, communist indoctrination, communist subversion, and the international communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.

btw, that movie gets better every time you watch it. :D

"Oh-ho, that's much better... yeah... huh... yes... Fine, I can hear you now, Dmitri... Clear and plain and coming through fine... I'm coming through fine, too, eh?... Good, then... well, then, as you say, we're both coming through fine... Good... Well, it's good that you're fine and... and I'm fine... I agree with you, it's great to be fine..."

carry on

Chip S. said...

Well, to do that would be stupid BEFORE ATTAINING POWER, now wouldn't it?

And he's just going to issue executive orders shutting down all coffee shops, bars, and liquor stores?

This argument is like the mysterious "third comment" that only Ritmo can see.

traditionalguy said...

@ Paddy...The tools have been relocated. Just click on the orange header that pulls up the post and the fully written comments. Then pull down to the bottom of the 1-200 page. Voila, the 200-higher tool is now located there.

chickenlittle said...

Ritmo: LOL! Don't let me get to you up thread!

I made a new enemy elsewhere here tonight. One of Troop's old buddies . Go find him and try and help him out. :)

O Ritmo Segundo said...

Although it's interesting to see my Son of the South friend discounting the damage to be done by a caged-in Newt who's been burned beyond belief by a shameless huckster Donald Trump wanna-be.

Say what you will about Newt, at least he seems to believe that work should actually have some value in it.

The Crack Emcee said...

I should've said "all you have to see is an angry friend forced into demanding a Mormon bishop leave his daughter alone" because he'd told him before but Mormons (like most cultists) don't take "no" for an answer very easily.


The daughter, BTW, asked her father to step in.

JAL said...

@ DBQ Is the State of Oregon a Mormon cult too? I'd better tell my mother in law who lives in Eugene.

Naah. NC is like that too. It's because the STATE sells the booze and collects all the $$. They are called ABC stores here -- Alcoholic Beverage Control. Given our rich history of bootlegging ... makes perfect sense ;-)

Steve Koch said...

The Donald endorsing Romney is about Trump recognizing that Romney is going to win the GOP prez nomination and wanting to get in on the ground floor (making a connection with the guy who may be the next prez of the USA). Trump is smart that way.

Mitt figured out how to wallop Newt, just remind GOP voters of the myriad Newt negatives. We'll see how smart Newt and his supporters are. There is no way Newt can win unless Mitt gives Newt as a pass on his past (and that ain't gonna happen).

O Ritmo Segundo said...

I made a new enemy elsewhere here tonight. One of Troop's old buddies . Go find him and try and help him out. :)

Oh, just tell me who is, already, Code-Speaker! For the love of... (complete expression here). You should be flattered that my eye catches your tribal design and reads your comments and battle cries.

David R. Graham said...

"When a religion becomes like the South Park "...because what the church teaches now is loving your family, being nice and helping people.." it's a faith that's dying.

You want to know a faith that got embarrassed by its doctrine and so became about family & good works? Reform Judaism. Brilliant hardworking people. Where would we be without them? But as a faith, it's getting swallowed up in politics & ethnicity, and it looks about as dead as any faith on the American scene today.

That's Mormonism 100 years from now."

Brilliant point/insight. Cf. Tillich: the churches have become "moral clubs" and "sentimentalist." That is, not Christian. Christianity is edgy in every circumstance. Rather
Iike Althouse is. Religion accepts no thing as final or ultimately valuable. That includes family and life itself. Also law, religion and morality.

Religion is radical detachment, ruthless renunciation.

Mormonism, however, never has been a faith. It is, like it's Arian progeniture, a human creation of remarkable ingenuity aimed at muting fear through self-elevation rather than disarming fear through self-surrender.

Palladian said...

"Anyone else having trouble with the 200+ threads?"

I always have trouble with them... they're usually chock full of really crappy comments by a few predictable characters.

Quaestor said...

rigogeJim wrote:
All you have to do to leave the church is send a letter stating your desire to the local Bishop.

This is interesting, Jim. What happens if someone just leaves?

Just to let you know where I hail from let me say that I'm inclined to support Romney. I believe he is better suited temperamentally for the White House than Newt, and he has much more managerial expertise than Santorum. Ron Paul has beenn channelling the ghost of John T. Flynn for many years, so he's out of the picture IMHO. I am a former believer, specifically Presbyterian. I was never firm in my faith, and for about 15 years I've morphed from bemused lukewarm Protestantism (though in all fairness Protestantism is itself at fault for morphing from religion into half-assed psychology) to agnosticism, and finally into rock-ribbed small "a" atheistic skepticism. I'm not a capital "A" Atheist asshat, at least I don't think I am. Oh, and one more thing -- I'm a Fancher on the distaff side. a lineal descendant of a survivor of Mountain Meadows.

There, now all that baggage is well and truly sorted out, on to the question: What if someone just ups and leaves the LDS church? Just stops attending services, stops paying tithes, etc. without the formal "letter to the Bishop" leave taking you mentioned. What would happen? When I left religion I didn't notify anybody, I just stopped attending church. Except for wedding and funerals I haven't been inside a house of worship in ten years. Nobody tried to reclaim me for Jesus. (Perhaps my former coreligionists don't care where I spent eternity, or they're too polite to argue with me. Who knows.)

What about the Mormon apostate who doesn't give notice? Please clarify.

traditionalguy said...

Ritmo...You are probably right again, but something big could happen...like Mitt could pick Sarah Palin as his Vice President and she knocks it out of the park on Katie Couric interview redux.

The Crack Emcee said...

Chip S.,

And he's just going to issue executive orders shutting down all coffee shops, bars, and liquor stores?

Dude, cultism is a step-by-step process of control. It used to be that Scientologists didn't know about all the Xenu nonsense until they reached "Level Seven." Now that it's all being exposed online, that "church" is falling apart.

Mormons are engaged in the same deception:

As long as you don't understand what they're up to, the better.

And why, in your questions, are you cherry-picking what I'm saying and not taking it in it's totality?

shiloh said...

The very fact mittens is having a hard time closing the deal against Newt w/all his baggage, tells you how much Reps like "flexible" willard. All of his reincarnations notwithstanding.

>

btw, voter participation is down 10% overall in the Rep primaries/caucuses so far, which is not good considering, unlike 2008, no Obama/Hillary competing for the independent vote. ie no enthusiasm for the Rep wannabes.

Shocking!

Chip S. said...

And why, in your questions, are you cherry-picking what I'm saying and not taking it in it's totality?

Brevity.

If you feel misrepresented, let me know. It's not intentional.

EDH said...

Mercy, Andrew's purporting again?

O Ritmo Segundo said...

So Palladian, is it going to default onto you to defend freedom as nothing more than an expression of stinginess tonight, again? I guess someone's got to do it. And that approach is going to need some hefty, er, welfare, this election season.

TG: That's an interesting speculation regarding running mates. Not sure what people would make of a sequel of an unsuccessful first show, though.

traditionalguy said...

@ David R Graham... Thanks for contributing clarity of thought in place of our usual confusion on religion.

Seriously, that was nice.

The Crack Emcee said...

JAL,

Naah. NC is like that too. It's because the STATE sells the booze and collects all the $$. They are called ABC stores here -- Alcoholic Beverage Control.

I repeat:

What goes on in Utah goes far beyond that.

You guys are willingly ignoring the totality of what I'm saying.

Quaestor said...

Ritmo wrote:
Nice, pure, intellectually infallible tradition there to take pride in.

This describes Obama-style liberalism very nicely. Good work, Ritmo.

Thomas said...

Re: Mormons "denying the divinity of Christ," the statement that "Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself to the nations" is on Page Frickin' One of the Book of Mormon. Crack a book sometime, Einstein.

Palladian said...

"You guys are willingly ignoring the totality of what I'm saying."

Why don't you just have this tattooed onto your forehead?

O Ritmo Segundo said...

Well, I could have been like you and also just gone with the "I know you are but what am I approach", Quaestor. But I decided to come up with a thought of my own, instead.

You should try it sometime.

Actually, you have, once or twice. It improves your comments immeasurably, when done right.

Quaestor said...

shiloh wrote:
btw, voter participation is down 10% overall in the Rep primaries/caucuses so far, which is not good considering, unlike 2008, no Obama/Hillary competing for the independent vote. ie no enthusiasm for the Rep wannabes.

There are many ways to interpret mere statistics. Perhaps many Republicans are just looking forward to voting against Obama, and less interested in who the "Not Obama" candidate is.

Mark Nielsen said...

Quaestor,

I'll try to answer, if that's OK. Someone who stops attending is referred to as "inactive" among church members. Most inactive Mormons retain some level of belief, but just don't want to come to church for one reason or another. We'll try to stay in touch. They'll probably get calls once in a while because we try to look after one another. But there would not be (or should not be) any pressure. If they don't want the contact, they can request that, and we try to honor it. We really don't want to bother people that don't want to be bothered, Crack's horror stories notwithstanding.

The letter to your Bishop (it would actually go to your Stake President, I think) would be to remove your name from the church rolls completely.

YoungHegelian said...

@Thomas,

We're all aware that Mormons claim the divinity of Christ. We're also all aware that what Mormons mean by the "divinity" of Christ is not at all what the Nicene Creed professing Christian churches (i.e. pretty much all of 'em) mean when they say the "divinity" of Christ.

Crack a book of standard Christian theology yourself sometime, bub.

O Ritmo Segundo said...

Palladian's comments amount to ideology welfare.

I mean, I like the guy. I really do. But someone's got to level with him about the need for libertarianism to fend for itself. Time for it to be pushed out of the nest! Fly free, young ideology! Fly free! Papa Bird Ron Paul will accompany you on your first flight!

The Crack Emcee said...

Chip S.,

If you feel misrepresented, let me know. It's not intentional.

I do, but I accept your answer. But please address it:

People demanding their kids be left alone, various impositions on other's freedom, hidden doctrines, ambitions to power, and - I haven't mentioned this yet - a LOT of child abuse. I've never lived anywhere with more child abuse than Utah. (The 5 Browns being the best known of the latest cases.) I'm talking child murder, sex with children, and kidnapping. There's much more going on than anyone imagines.

As people in Utah say, surrounded as they are by mountains, what happens in Utah stays in Utah.

And the Mormons want to keep it that way - and apparently, from the comments here, that's the way it is.

Revenant said...

I'm amused at the idea that "acting nice and happy when you really aren't" is some insidious Mormon religious technique.

Carol_Herman said...

Didn't Mitt Romney have a blowout victory in Florida the other day?

And, instead of discussing what it must be like to bask in the glory of sucha blowout victory, supporters here are stuck on defending the man's religious beliefs?

Hm? Nixon's victories produced much more happy dancing than that.

And, now we're on to Nevada. Harry Reid's "home town." And, Donald Trump is supposed to make a big declaration tomorrow! (So, at least Drudge does headlines best.)

Too bad Mormons no longer marry multiple wives. Because if they did, that would solve the problem single women have ... where marriageable men are hard to find.

O Ritmo Segundo said...

Well wherever Romney picked up that habit from, Revenant, he sure practices it insidiously.

Do you think he made his dog wag his tail when he strapped him to that car roof? Even with the GI illness he made it suffer?

I tells ya, he's a happy guy! No, really!

The Crack Emcee said...

Mark Nielsen,

We really don't want to bother people that don't want to be bothered, Crack's horror stories notwithstanding.

Sure, that's all it is - a "horror story."

You know what a horror story is?

Actually watching it happen when I was just invited over for a fucking cup of coffee.

Steve Koch said...

Crack,

Here are some reasons that you are not persuading people about LDS:
* We're not afraid of LDS. It will never take over the USA
* LDS people we know are nice, work hard, and take care of their families
* LDS is weird but we don't care, all churches are a bit weird

I don't want to argue with you but just want to explain why we don't agree about LDS. We are not ignoring you but just don't agree that LDS is something to worry about.

Revenant said...

Well wherever Romney picked up that habit from, Revenant, he sure practices it insidiously.

Imagine that, a politician acting nice to people even if he doesn't really like them much.

Sort of reminds me of Obama talking to white folks, actually. :)

O Ritmo Segundo said...

Romney will have the widest smile on his face when he presides over the sinking of the American ship of state. I mean, life will suck, he'll be cutting the country up into small pieces and selling/outsourcing us for spare parts. But he sure will look happy doing it!

Normal people call this a "shit-eating grin". Hell of an attribute you're looking for in a leader, guys.

Palladian said...

"Sort of reminds me of Obama talking to white folks, actually. :)"

Actually, Obama seems incapable of acting nice to people he doesn't like.

Revenant said...

Actually watching it happen when I was just invited over for a fucking cup of coffee.

Actually watching *what* happen? Child molestation?

Revenant said...

I mean, life will suck, he'll be cutting the country up into small pieces and selling/outsourcing us for spare parts. But he sure will look happy doing it!

I live in Southern California. What's he going to sell us to -- Mexico? It would take us years to notice it had happened.

wyo sis said...

Interesting that many people who have no problem with much more visible religious garb in many religions have an absolute fit about Mormons religious underwear. Or how about the ones who find no fault with Muslim praying in public but find it astoundingly gauche of the Mormons to be nice to people in public. Is there a way for a Mormon to be that Andrew Sullivan would NOT find loathsome?

The Crack Emcee said...

Revenant,

I'm amused at the idea that "acting nice and happy when you really aren't" is some insidious Mormon religious technique.

Don't be - it's called "love bombing," it's insincere, and it's used by almost every cult on the planet.

You guys have REALLY got to get up to speed on cult techniques,...

O Ritmo Segundo said...

So, Revenant:

Does that mean you can't tell the difference between being polite and being phony? Or you'd like someone in charge who doesn't?

Your dog whistles aside, this sounds like a disastrous trait to choose in someone who will be carrying out the nation's foreign policy, attacking enemies and conducting diplomacy.

You really want someone that transparent in his dissembling in charge?

So noted. Very frightening.

Chip S. said...

Crack,

I stated a definition of bigotry @10:46. Your response to that has essentially been that I and others are blind to reality. But you haven't offered anything about Romney himself except that he's ambitious and maybe not really as nice as he seems.

I don't plan to base my vote on the frequency of cases of child abuse in Utah, just as I don't plan to base it on the frequency of child abuse by Catholic priests.

Mark Nielsen said...

YoungHegelian,

You're absolutely right that Mormons don't accept the Nicene Creed. We consider it to be a product of an apostasy. No Mormon that I know would make any secret of the fact that we don't believe in the Trinity. We have no problem at all with anything in the Apostles' Creed, however.

If the Nicene constructs are the measure of your definition of Christianity, fine. My definition would be considerably more broad, and would include anyone who professes belief in Jesus as the Son of God and the one source of salvation from sin.

Crack would say we're all crazy.

shiloh said...

"Perhaps many Republicans are just looking forward to voting against Obama"

Perhaps, but one of Obama's big advantages in 2008 was his voter registration drive, which the Dem party is participating in now full tilt while the Reps are slingin' mud at each other.

Part of Rove's "purported" ;) genius was GOTV and voter registration ie OH/FL between 2001 and 2004 the Rep party registered 300/400k new voters in both states.

As always, stay tuned as presidential politics is not rocket science.

Revenant said...

Don't be - it's called "love bombing," it's insincere, and it's used by almost every cult on the planet.

That hasn't been my experience with Mormons. But you attract crazy like honey draws ants, so if there's a group of Mormons that love-bombs I'm sure you've met 'em.

O Ritmo Segundo said...

Well, no. Not Mexico. But assuming you're capable of being serious for a moment and putting aside "Personality Wars, Part Twelve", you should ask yourself why building the world's most populous nation's middle class, for them - when they have almost none of the rights that we do, should be America's #1 priority.

I mean, I know the rich get to save a few bucks that way. And a communist third-world country gets more money out of it. But you're trying to get Romney to run for a more, well, local office.

Or so we thought.

The Crack Emcee said...

Revenant,

Actually watching *what* happen? Child molestation?

No, a really nice, pleasant, even-keeled black man have to go outside and angrily demand a Mormon bishop leave his daughter alone after she asked him to "make that man stop bothering me" - again. He was livid, because he'd told him before, and he and his daughter were sick of it.

And if you don't think, once Romney gets in office, they won't start swarming the country, think again:

Your family will be next.

The Crack Emcee said...

Chip S.,

I stated a definition of bigotry @10:46. Your response to that has essentially been that I and others are blind to reality. But you haven't offered anything about Romney himself except that he's ambitious and maybe not really as nice as he seems.

I gave you a link, twice, to a former Mormon who served with Romney. You either didn't look at it, or you're playing dumb.

Stop it.

Thomas said...

Hegelian, Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is God, his Father is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, and yet they are not three gods but one God. They believe that Christ is of the exact same substance as his Father. If that's not the Trinity, what is?

The problem here, is that when your average Mormon (including most bishops, who are laypersons temporarily called to the unpaid office for a short term) doesn't actually *know* what the creeds say. He usually thinks the Trinity means Modalism. (He's helped here, by the fact that the average undereducated Protestant actually *is* an accidental Modalist.)

Believing the creeds to preach Modalism, Mormons say they reject them -- but they actually affirm their actual content. (See above.)

If there's a dime's worth of difference between Mormons' understanding of the Trinity (they use the biblical term "Godhead" to refer to it) and the currently-favored doctrine of Social Trinitarianism, I've yet to be convinced of it.

YoungHegelian said...

@Mark Nielsen,

...and would include anyone who professes belief in Jesus as the Son of God

Once again with the obfuscation. "Son"."God". Words that mean very different things for me as Roman Catholic and you as a Mormon. The RC doctrine of divinity has more in common with Judaism than with Mormonism. Am I then a Jew?

You may disparage the Nicene Confession, but as far as the Christian community goes it's all the rest of us on one side and you, the LDS, alone on the other.

Implicit in the radical critique of orthodox Christianity by the LDS is that the rest of us were so fucking stupid we got it wrong for 2000 years. Nice bit of chutzpah, that.

Revenant said...

You really want someone that transparent in his dissembling in charge?

So your argument is that we need a better liar as President? Well, points for originality.

The Crack Emcee said...

Chip S.,

I don't plan to base my vote on the frequency of cases of child abuse in Utah, just as I don't plan to base it on the frequency of child abuse by Catholic priests.

Cherry picking, again.

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Carol_Herman said...

Let me see if I've got this straight.

The Bush family, the Rockefeller's. And, the Romney's. All have high positions within the GOP hierarchy.

Until it got mentioned, here, as a religious thing ... I didn't notice that Romney would have access to "lists of believers."

Before computers became popular, Barbara Bush kept the family's index card. It kept every single human who could possibly help her husband get elected.

Heck, Karl Rove's still in the party. So, I'm sure there's a "Draft Jeb Bush" movement also hidden behind the curtain.

And, ya know what? I don't think Romney can do any better than McCain. Plus, to get to 47%, McCain went and picked Sarah Palin. She actually BOOSTED his numbers, because a cluster of conservatives then came out to vote for McCain. Would they have just stayed home, otherwise?

Is turnout expected to be low in 2012?

You mean the advertising execs that helped Romney discover making Newt into a punching bag ... Won't be helping Obama?

This race, so far, is so uninspiring.

Plus, the Florida victory didn't amount to a hill of beans. Fooled me. I thought the victory dancing would last until next Monday.

O Ritmo Segundo said...

Well, it looks like a Macho Man (and self-described anti-cultist, anti-New Age crusader) is having fun with the intense discussion concerning Romney's religious qualifications/disqualifications(?) for office.

Everybody's got to have his priorities.

Quaestor said...

Steve Koch wrote:
I don't want to argue with you but just want to explain why we don't agree about LDS. We are not ignoring you but just don't agree that LDS is something to worry about.

Hear, hear! Well said and to the point.

All religions are cults if one wants to know the truth of it. The word has acquired a pejorative sense in the last hundred years, and effectively it means somebody else's religion, the somebody else being in opposition to oneself somehow.

I think highly of Crack. I read em and find his opinions both incisive and provocative. However I think he's generally mistaken on this Mormon cult business.

Revenant said...

you should ask yourself why building the world's most populous nation's middle class, for them - when they have almost none of the rights that we do, should be America's #1 priority

Ah, so we're going to be sold to *China*. I wouldn't recommend it to them, the state's going bankrupt in two months. They better hang on to the receipt.

O Ritmo Segundo said...

Sorry that you missed the very fine, gray line between lying and persuading, Revenant.

I mean, I could see how you could do that. Very similar things. A common mistake.

But one that hopefully won't be made when choosing a president in November.

The Crack Emcee said...

Mormonism Vs. Christianity (Cult Vs. Religion)

Check out the personality change of the Mormons when confronted with their own bullshit:

Not so "nice" any longer,...

Quaestor said...

Sleeply now. Good night, all.

Carol_Herman said...

Oh, if you could have only known the enthusiasm that was out there for JFK! The crowds were young!

It's as if someone came along and grabbed the camera's eyeballs.

You know JFK followed the war-hero, Ike, don't cha? But the 50's went up in smoke as soon as JFK and his wife began dancing at their inaugural balls.

Meanwhile, name-calling Obama ain't gonna make him lose. Why? Because when you're steering a nation through bad times ... most people don't want to rock the boat.

While for the social conservatives, now they're hitting their stride arguing about Mormonism. Jesus.

YoungHegelian said...

@Thomas,

Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is God, his Father is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, and yet they are not three gods but one God. They believe that Christ is of the exact same substance as his Father. If that's not the Trinity, what is?

NO! See the link to the LDS web site in my 10:20 posting above. They explicitly reject the Nicene formulation. I'm not putting words into their mouths!

And as for modalism & social Trinitarianism, well, that's just heresy of a different order. Of which there's no shortage in this day & age.

Revenant said...

No, a really nice, pleasant, even-keeled black man have to go outside and angrily demand a Mormon bishop leave his daughter alone after she asked him to "make that man stop bothering me" - again.

A religious person refused to leave somebody alone despite that person repeatedly asking them to?

Dude, I grew up in the South. If I had a dollar for every time a Methodist or Southern Baptist acted like that in my presence, I could have bought a plane ticket out of there a lot sooner. :)

Revenant said...

Sorry that you missed the very fine, gray line between lying and persuading, Revenant.

Sure. Persuading is what the candidate you like does; lying is what the candidate you don't like does.

O Ritmo Segundo said...

Glad your faith in what Romney would do to a "distressed asset" is greater than mine, Rev. And greater than Romney's history would suggest.

So I guess that's the sort of faith-based belief that will drive this election, then? That's one hell of a way to decide things. I can see why this religion issue concerns you so.

The Crack Emcee said...

Carol_Herman,

Before computers became popular, Barbara Bush kept the family's index card. It kept every single human who could possibly help her husband get elected.

Oh, baby, Mormons go faaar beyond that shit,...

O Ritmo Segundo said...

Sure. Persuading is what the candidate you like does; lying is what the candidate you don't like does.

You're capable of better than a comment as hacked as this.

Unless you view the aim of an objective understanding of reality as a charade. In which case, I regret the fact that I misjudged you.

Revenant said...

Glad your faith in what Romney would do to a "distressed asset" is greater than mine, Rev. And greater than Romney's history would suggest.

I have too many Chinese friends and coworkers to share your fear of the Yellow Peril, Ritmo. :)

The Crack Emcee said...

Quaestor,

All religions are cults if one wants to know the truth of it. The word has acquired a pejorative sense in the last hundred years, and effectively it means somebody else's religion, the somebody else being in opposition to oneself somehow.

Bull. The pejorative sense has been attained through the work of cult apologists - there are people still trying to remove the stain on The People's Temple after they killed 900 people.

Again - the ignorance of the lay person is their weapon.

Mark Nielsen said...

Hey YoungHegelian,

I'm not trying to be hostile -- sorry if it sounded that way. You certainly are sounding a bit that direction.

We disagree about the contents of a creed. But I'm not going to say anything negative about those who accept that creed. I don't know a single Mormon who doesn't respect Catholics and who wouldn't hesitate to acknowledge Catholics as Christians. And I don't even care that you don't return that favor.

As for "chutzpah", what value is a religion if you don't feel your beliefs are correct? Are Catholics showing chutzpah for their belief that the Jews got it all wrong?

The Crack Emcee said...

Revenant,

A religious person refused to leave somebody alone despite that person repeatedly asking them to?

Dude, I grew up in the South. If I had a dollar for every time a Methodist or Southern Baptist acted like that in my presence, I could have bought a plane ticket out of there a lot sooner. :)


Cherry picking again. Put it all together.

Chip S. said...

Crack, The reason I've made no references to the Salon article that you reposted on your blog is that it's one of the lamest attempts at a hit job I've ever seen.

This appears to be the big reveal, though admittedly it's hard to tell what point either you or the author thinks is being made:

They traditionally hosted frat-like parties (Greek fraternities were banned from the campus) to raise a few thousand dollars for the college’s sports teams. But Cougar president Romney drove the young men to aim higher, orchestrating a telethon that raised a stunning million dollars. Romney’s position as head of the club was widely seen as a calculated steppingstone for a career in national politics.

So the big worry about Mitt is that he's been disingenuous about the extent of his political ambition?

Yes, I left out the Mormon belief that says it'll be up to them to save the US when the Constitution is hanging by a thread. There are those who think that the Constitution is under siege, if not hanging by a thread. Should they care if it's a Mormon who comes along to help?

I realize that you're convinced there's something there that you can see that I can't. But what I think I can see is that if the Mormons do indeed have a master plan to take over by sending their army of brainwashers out to get us, they'd be smart to wait until after this has been accomplished to run their Salt Lake Candidate. 'Cause then they'd be sure to win.

O Ritmo Segundo said...

Nothing yellow about my fear, Revie. (And are those the only colors your dog whistles come in, BTW? I'd really try to branch out. Just some advice).

But there's a lot of red in my fear. And I don't like brownshirts any more than I like starched white empty shirts, either.

You are twisting so pretzelously it's almost like listening to Romney.

Palladian said...

As a direct descendant of an early leader of the Mormon Church, my religious relatives in St George, Provo and Salt Lake City have never been anything but friendly, solicitous and helpful to my non-religious immediate family. Hardly what I'd call a cult.

But it really doesn't matter. I don't give a flying fuck what a candidate privately believes. All I want is a competent manager, especially one without grandiose ideas who can displace the disaster who is currently holding the Presidency.

O Ritmo Segundo said...

Why not just admit that you like what the communist system can do for you, Revie?

Say it loud! You're red and you're proud! (At least if the red menace is incorporated offshore).

The Crack Emcee said...

I find it very interesting that you guys know more cult apologist responses than you know about cults themselves.


It's revealing of the problem this country faces. It's like the other day, when Ann posted on a NewAge death, and the major response was laughter.

You guys just don't get it.

These people can kill, molest children, disrupt others lives, impose restrictions on other's freedom - anything - and all you can do is argue for their rights, their freedom, their ability to have power over us.

It's maddening.

O Ritmo Segundo said...

I don't give a flying fuck what a candidate privately believes.

Or maybe if he's not even capable of believing anything at all, eh? ;-)

B said...

'And if you don't think, once Romney gets in office, they won't start swarming the country, think again:'

That is not a statement to be taken seriously. I remember similar dire predictions about the religious right back in Ronald Reagan's day. Jerry Falwell was the big threat then. The 'papist' President Kennedy was supposed to hand the country over to the Vatican 20 years before that.

It also sounds to me like you just ran into a bad apple in your Mormon Bishop. There have been some really bad apples exposed among the Catholic clergy also. It defies logic to claim that the conduct of individuals acting in a manner that is condemned by their religion indicts their religion as a whole.

Palladian said...

These people can kill, molest children, disrupt others lives, impose restrictions on other's freedom - anything -

I don't like humans any more than you do, but for now we're stuck with them.

Palladian said...

"Or maybe if he's not even capable of believing anything at all, eh? ;-)"

Even better!

Chip S. said...

find it very interesting that you guys know more cult apologist responses than you know about cults themselves.

I think the Marxists say "It is no accident that ..."

BTW, it's not "cherry picking" to focus on what appears to be the most substantive point in one of your comments. It's focused debate.

Carol_Herman said...

When Ted Kennedy died. And, his "permanent" senate seat floated away; Americans got to see that even in Massachusetts, a family like the Kennedy's could lose at power politics.

You know, back during JFK's presidency, there were people who really believed the Kennedy Family's time had come. And, they'd be ruling America for a long, long time.

But we're here, now. And, we can look back. And, the Kennedy's ran into a stream of bad luck. (Oh, for little John-John, it was actually the Atlantic.)

I also don't think Jesus votes.

I think Mitt Romney's been knocking himself out. And, just like his father did ... At some point Americans will wake up and say "huh?"

George said he had been brainwashed.

Mitt's grown up with the knowledge that Nixon won, instead.

Obama? He's still on track to win in 2012.

Obama is a democrat. His mission was to grow the government. And, to feed ALL the Federal jobs to folk who support "the party."

It's a "jobs growth" program. He's got it aced.

Meanwhile, the republicans are choosing the shallow men.

As to the funny underwear; I know the rules for women. (That's why Mormon brides can't wear strapless gowns. Their underwear has sleeves.)

Their marriage ceremony? It's done through holes in the curtain. And, it's done early!

Getting married early has also dropped off the radar screen, here in America.

By the way, Newt has had a total of 3 wives. If there wasn't the Supreme Court case, back in the late 1800's ... where the Mormon's forced the issue ...

We wouldn't have gotten to the Supreme Court decision that said "burning women on the funeral pyre of their husbands" was also outlawed. Even though it was a peculiar religious custom for some people.

Mormons then decided (by losing their case for multiple wives at the Supreme Court level), that it would be a much better idea to reach for power by seeking out government rank.

You know, for a religion, they are now over-represented in government circles.

Can't fool me.

Revenant said...

Cherry picking again. Put it all together.

Multiple weak accusations do not add up to one substantial accusation.

Certainly there are Mormon cults, but the LDS aren't one of them.

The Crack Emcee said...

Chip S.,

Crack, The reason I've made no references to the Salon article that you reposted on your blog is that it's one of the lamest attempts at a hit job I've ever seen.

Hit job? Anything less than fawning praise for their family orientation is a "hit job"?

This appears to be the big reveal, though admittedly it's hard to tell what point either you or the author thinks is being made,..



The point is there's more going on than it appears. You take Christian "beliefs" seriously, do you not? (I do.) Why not Mormon's, or NewAger's? Why do they warrant benign praise, or laughter? Even when they kill or whatever?

So the big worry about Mitt is that he's been disingenuous about the extent of his political ambition?

No, of his cult's ambitions. I don't know about you but I don't want anyone with "theodemocratic" ambitions in the White House.



Yes, I left out the Mormon belief that says it'll be up to them to save the US when the Constitution is hanging by a thread.

Why? That's called "prophesy" - the Mormons are big on prophesy - which leads us to the possibility of someone delusional in power. Also not good.

I realize that you're convinced there's something there that you can see that I can't.

Seriously, how much has cultism touched your life? The lives of your friends? I've lived in three cities that suffer under extreme cultism - Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Salt Lake - and have seen it all. I don't like this almost-cultlike demand we keep this dangerous nonsense going. We should just learn to reject it out of hand. Ever since the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi crossed the ocean, we seem to have become the most gullible of fools the world has ever seen.

But what I think I can see is that if the Mormons do indeed have a master plan to take over by sending their army of brainwashers out to get us, they'd be smart to wait until after this has been accomplished to run their Salt Lake Candidate. 'Cause then they'd be sure to win.

That is (part of) the plan. If you don't think changing our way of life isn't part of it, you're missing it. Some of it I welcome, as a conservative, but not like this.

The Crack Emcee said...

B,

It also sounds to me like you just ran into a bad apple in your Mormon Bishop.

And it sounds like you just read one of my posts - cherry picking. I also mentioned them calling me at work, putting restrictions on what I can do and drink, and molesting children.

Why?

Because it makes it all seem benign.

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