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Monday, May 07, 2007

On the Mormons

A Perspective on Mormonism.

For two years young Mormon men and women go on missions to convert people to the true faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Mormons. They believe it is their duty to bring people to the Mormon way of discovering Jesus and to entrance into the celestial kingdom.

I believe that God is active in all religions. I do not think human beings can limit God's action in the world. The idea that we must go out and convert people to Christianity degrades the religion of others. It is callous and rude.

The emphasis on family life in Mormonism is wonderful and very important. The fact is that the Mormon rate of divorce is about the same as the rest of the population of the United States. I think their emphasis is too great and results in a tyranny of the family. The tensions between community and individualism and family and personal freedom are not honored in Mormonism. Family is first and foremost.

My belief is that when the individual is fulfilled and happy then the family will thrive. The function of the family is to help children become individuals, find their own freedom and values and in fact to leave the family and start their own - accepting, empowering the child to become himself. In Mormonism, the family is more important than the individual.

The Mormons regard homosexuality as a perversion, sin and an abomination. They have opposed domestic partner legislation as deleterious to family life. They oppose all attempts for people of the same sex to have the same benefits in the society as straight people do. Sex acts between same gender people are regarded as disgusting and against the will of God.

Mormons reflect the most conservative American values, interpret the Bible literally and attempt to destroy liberal human values in the name of religion. Of course they are free to exercise their religion. They are not free from external criticism

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