One has to admire the Mormon Church’s eagerness to please, not to mention their zeal to convert. They are matched only by their brother in cult-dom, Scientology, as well as the various tentacles of the mega-cult Christianity.
As I strolled down a street this morning in Brooklyn, I noticed a line of fliers (pictured above), advertising the Mormon Church’s a attempt to win over the heathens with a meet-up on (held Tuesday), a games night this Friday at McCarren Park, and a kickball, ultimate frisbee and “other sports” meet-up at McCarren Park on Saturday. With such a magnificent sub-headline as “Truth is stronger than fiction,” I’m almost tempted to attend, if only to encounter religious delusion up close. Perhaps I will—undercover, naturally.
Having been raised Christian in the Methodist Church, I was in close proximity to those who had a collective imaginary friend. At Sunday service I spent my time reading The Book of Job (great writing, to be sure) and Revelation (great, surreal and orgiastic ultra-violence), when not playing Tic-Tac-Toe or sketching naked ladies with my friends.
The Meet the Mormons fliers got me wondering if this was some low-profile, grassroots campaign designed to ease the fears of voters who might be weary of Mitt Romney come November. It wouldn’t be the first time that the Mormon Church launched a campaign to inform the masses that Mormons can be anyone—Korean, African, etc. Indeed, when one sends missionaries with bad outfits around the world, instructing them to relentlessly badger a country’s population, the laws of statistics dictate that at least a few Koreans and Africans will be hoodwinked.
My father often said to me as a child, “A fool and his money are soon parted.” Well, I’d like to appropriate that phrase to now read, in the case of religion, but specifically the Mormon faith, “Man and his mind are soon divorced when in the presence of religion.”
And if you think I’m being hard on Mormons or Mittens because of their religious peculiarities (super-powered undies, human transmigration into galactic gods), think again. Basic human rights allow me to speak freely on matters of religion; but the U.S. Constitution, with its First Amendment ensuring free press and freedom of religion, enshrines that right.
Kickball with the Mormons does sound mighty absurd, though. Good, clean delusional fun. Hell, I’d like to learn more about becoming a galactic god. Wouldn’t you? Then again, this is the faith that grew out of “prophet” Joseph Smith’s vision, which later compelled him to create a religious city-state, censor the press, raise an army and launch an insurrection (which he did a number of times) against the U.S. government. Now there is a truth far stronger than the Mormon Church’s various fictions.
I leave you with a quote from the illustrious Bertrand Russell:
One is often told that it is a very wrong thing to attack religion, because religion makes men virtuous. So I am told; I have not noticed it.