Sentiment against the LDS is running pretty high in certain California circles right now. As much as I admire groups like Mormons for Marriage and Feminist Mormon Housewives, I understand the feeling. Lest I be called a hypocrite for yesterday’s post where I said that bigotry could not be used to fight another type of bigotry, the backlash against black voters “passing” Prop 8 is mistaken, and that’s my main beef with it. Blaming the Mormons (by which I mean their church hierarchy, which poured $22 million into the Yes on 8 campaign) is not.
This week I find myself even more inclined to declare their religion, with its baptism of dead non-Mormons and North American Jesus and magical golden plates, to be a stupid crock of shit; and to cordially invite any Mormons that take offense at this to blow me. However, it should be noted that even during weeks where the mass of their congregants didn’t vote to strip a minority of my fellow Calfornians of their civil rights because of religious bigotry, I’m not shy about such statements.
I do wonder why Mormons who believe in same-sex marriage, or who disagree with any number of other crazy or ass-backwards church tenets don’t just pick up and find some other religion that doesn’t make their blood boil. But I guess it’s like the homophobes who will say of gay Californians, “Whatever, why don’t they just move to Massachussetts?” California is their home, and they’re not going to just give up and move somewhere else. Mormons who support same-sex marriage still consider themselves Mormons, which is a faith that’s always put enormous stock on heritage and ancestry. It would be nothing short of traumatic for a lot of them to leave their church. Instead they want to fight to make it a better church, and as much as the concept of magic underwear baffles me (and as much sarcastic shit that I, as an atheist, will always talk), I do applaud them for it.
But I ever get a certificate in the mail saying “Congrats, your beloved and deceased grandfather is now a Mormon!”, I’m going to tape it to a brick, set it on fire, and hurl it through the closest Temple window. You’ve been warned.
Worth watching: Keith Olbermann’s Special Comment on the passage of Prop 8.
I’ve heard all the stories about how Keith Olbermann is allegedly an overbearing bully with a comically inflated ego and issues with women. (Although his obvious respect for Rachel Maddow makes me doubt the last part, at least.) And you know what? I really don’t give a shit. The man has a way of saying everything that I wish I could, were I not too busy with all the forehead veins a-bustin’.