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Nyet  Jan 11, 2016 • 3:34:04pm

I love how “liberal” Salon writes about Mormons in the language it would never use for Muslims or Jews.

and excluded from its orders Africans

It excluded blacks from priesthood, which was of course pure racism. Now, let’s see, how many female Catholic priests, rabbis or imams are there?.. Is misogyny any better?

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No Country For Old Haters  Jan 11, 2016 • 5:09:49pm

re: #1 Nyet

I love how “liberal” Salon writes about Mormons in the language it would never use for Muslims or Jews.

Would they use it on Scientologists? Mormonism looks to be about halfway between the old religions and Scientology on the absurdity scale because its founding is too well documented.

It excluded blacks from priesthood, which was of course pure racism. Now, let’s see, how many female Catholic priests, rabbis or imams are there?.. Is misogyny any better?

Great point. We’re still giving religion a pass on sexism. I suppose religions will have to reform from within though. It’s pretty well established that we can’t regulate religious organizations like we do other businesses.

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Nyet  Jan 12, 2016 • 2:23:41pm

re: #2 No Country For Old Haters

Mormonism looks to be about halfway between the old religions and Scientology on the absurdity scale because its founding is too well documented.

It’s no more absurd than most other traditional religions (yeah, Jesus wasn’t in America and Native Americans aren’t of Hebrew descent, but just as well there was no exodus of Jews out of Egypt, conquest of Canaan, etc. - the Bible is full of such BoM-level absurdities), and absurdity doesn’t really have much to do with the way one talks about big and non-homogenous groups of believers (which Mormons are; they have different opinions, philosophies, etc. - think Reid and Beck). If someone wrote such a text about Muslims, we would say that they’re bigoted. For one, it overgeneralizes. It is fair to talk about certain strains of Mormon thought, about some things that linger in Mormon culture, but not in a way that puts all Mormons under suspicion, which I think this piece does right from the headline.


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