Mormons should step back and look at themselves

Oct 31 2011 - 4:59pm

(UNEDITED) I will buy Neil Humphreys argument that Mormonism represents a 4th Abrahamic religion, along with Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. I would like to point out these are the religions involved in the "convert or die" or the slightly softer "convert or you can't possibly know FULL happiness and we will shun you" arguments. Buddhists and Hindus do not do that kind of thing. I rather like that about them. Don't the evangelical religions disrespect alternative beliefs by definition?

The differences in these four faiths are relatively minor, really. The whole Christian/Muslim argument centers on whether Isaac or Ishmael is the true heir of Abraham. Why do Americans believe the middle east needs to be more secular and at the same time believe the US needs to return to fundamentalism and religion-in-politics? Hasn't that been the argument of the last decade? Glenn Beck's call-to-arms? We started wars on two fronts to defend it.

As a fan of Joseph Campbell, I think Mormons could really benefit by stepping back a little bit. When you do that, you recognize that reliving the pioneer treks and researching your geneology falls into the broad category of ancestor worship. (I know many of you are plugging your ears and humming, now.)

Having been raised in Utah, I used to believe that Mormons were something of a cut above. I have learned better. If Romney or Huntsman can gain any ground in the presidential election, it will be in spite of you people. Please, at the very least, quit the whining. You are in exactly the position you have been working toward. If you don't like it, there is no one to blame but yourselves.

Melissa Hofer


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