Monday, November 27, 2006

South Park's Guide to Church of Latter-Day Saints

Now that Mitt Romney's candidacy for president in 2008 is more in the news, it's time to review his religion: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, more commonly known as the Mormons. And what more scholarly, objective, and informative source could there be than South Park? (HT: Sullivan).

I hasten to add that I find the founding story of Christianity just as "dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb". (And from what I know about the founding stories of other supernaturalist traditions, they are no better.) People who believe that a virgin was inseminated by God and gave birth to a guy who could raise people from the dead have no business looking down their noses at some guy who claims to have found some gold plates in a forest. I always find it funny when Christians mock Mormons for being weird. Once you admit the existence of an omnipotent God whose ways are mysterious, you really don't have any grounds for dismissing anything as weird.


Anonymous Robert said...

I've just posted something similar... but I don't think Sullivan is necessarily mocking the Church of LDS. He did post two YouTube videos, the second of which I think shows a great deal of respect to the Mormon world-view!

What the kid says in the second video is true: It doesn't matter how the religion came into being, if it now means that you treat your family and neighbours with respect. I imagine this is similar to Andrew's own faith, which is hardly bound to the veracity of a Holy Bible which includes Leviticus 20:13.

12:48 AM, November 28, 2006  

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