Christianity Admin on 29 Dec 2006 01:21 am
This article talks about the presidential aspirations of Mitt Romney, who is a Mormon:
The article contains this quote:
When asked about “the Mormon problem,” Romney says he is “a person of faith,” and talks about “common values” among Mormons and other denominations: “The great majority of people – Christian, non-Christian, and of different faiths – look for values, character, integrity and vision and don’t disqualify people on a religious test.”
The problem is that normal, intelligent people do celebrate values, character, integrity and vision, but they do not celebrate full-blown delusion. And there is no question that Mormons are completely delusional. Watch this video or read this article and it will be obvious that Mormons are delusional. Mormons firmly believe a number of things that are nonsensical:
- Mormons believe that there was a giant civilization of Jewish people living in North America 2,000 years ago.
- Mormons believe that there were so many of these people living in grand cities that they could have wars where more than a million men died on a single battlefield. For comparison, 15,000 men died at Gettysburg. This, of course, is ridiculous, as there are no ruins left of these gigantic cities nor any evidence of massive battlefields.
- Mormons believe that this race of Jewish people wrote their history on golden plates and left the plates in the side of a hill in New York.
- Mormons believe that an angel led a man named Joseph Smith to the plates.
- Mormons believe that, by using two magical stones, Smith was able to translate the plates into English.
- Mormons believe that the angel then carried the plates to heaven, never to be seen again.
- And so onâ€¦
Do you believe any of this? Of course not. Every rational person knows that the cities, the battles, the golden plates, the magical stones and the angel are completely imaginary. And yet Mormons believe in all of these things completely. If you would like to learn more about Mormon beliefs, see this article and this article.
Should we elect someone who is this delusional to be president of the most powerful nation on planet earth? If a man cannot see that the beliefs of the Mormon faith are nonsense, how can we trust him with important national and international issues? That is the real question here.
The fascinating thing is that Christian beliefs are just as delusional. It is obvious to every rational person that Christianity harbors just as many delusions as Mormonism does. The difference is that 80% or so of American adults share the delusions of Christianity. This shared “bubble of delusion” leads Christians to reinforce each others’ delusions rather than to look rationally at them and discard them.
The problem for Mitt Romney is that only about 3% of Americans live inside the Mormon bubble of delusion. The number of people who harbor the Christian delsuion outweighs the number of people who harbor the Mormon delusion by a factor of 25 to 1. With luck, Christians will recognize and reject the delusions or the Mormon faith, and refuse to elect anyone who harbors these delusions. With extreme good fortune, many Christians will then look inside themselves and recognize the parallel delusions of the Christian faith, rejecting them also in order to preserve intellectual honesty. In the best case, Romney’s presidential bid allows us to openly discuss and debate the delusion of religion, and through that debate many Christians come to understand and reject their own delusions.
What is more likely to happen, unfortunately, is that Christians will turn a blind eye to the utter delusion of the Mormon faith. We never are able to have an open discussion and debate on the delusion of Romney’s religion. The reason is simple: Christians cannot afford to call the Mormons delusional. For if Christians openly state the obvious fact that Mormons are delusional, they must then acknowledge that Christians are delusional too.