No religion gets anything right.
They all emerge from an erroneous assumption.
What erroneous assumption is it that they all emerge from?
I am not sure if you consider religion as different from myth you see. By that I mean understanding religion/myth for what it is, the abstract metaphorical interpretation of reality by using the limited descriptive tool of language.
Not including the more recent created mythologies or current versions of older myths, as their function and relevance to present societies is something that is difficult to see to put it gently. I can not help acknowledging that in spite of human history being one where myth have been a central element in society. A foundation claimed to have no purpose, no value or any function at all. Yet, surprisingly here we are. To think that the endless flow of previous “idiotic” and “insane” generations managed against all odds to survive is hard to understand.
By making statements and claims of religion from the perspective of the religious believer I can understand the view of religion as fundamentally wrong. But taking linguistics, psychology, biology and history into consideration, the understanding of religion in a broader sense becomes somewhat more complex than truths that can be stated by using a few simple sentences. The personification and attribution of human attributes in description of reality we experience is a common and shared practice. The need and use of myth to structure group identity is not something exclusively belonging to religion, it is foundation of most if not all groups.
I am not saying that I personally do not find Mormonism strange, to the point of comical. I am only saying it originated, have existed, and continue to exist, because it contains elements functional and useful to the society and people connected to the specific religion mentioned. If you wonder where I am going with this, relax. I have the bad habit of ranting a bit before I collect my thoughts into something possible to comprehend. Don`t know why, but see no reason to deny.
So, based on observing and relating to the reality that exists instead of simply interpreting reality from the subjective perception of desired and imagined reality one would like to exist, issues mentioned or relevant regarding Mormons in Politics changes a bit.
- Polygamy. Why is it right? Why is it wrong? Do we take the evolutionary biological approach, or do we use the traditional religious social practice the social structure is founded on?
- Racism. Is racism the product of the Mormon religion? Or is it simply the adaptation and reflection of the society as a whole? How could Mormonism separate or segregate a society already greatly separated?
- Reality. Is the Mormon community a failure in society? Crime? Poverty? Are they the prime example of the devastating effects their beliefs bring upon their community? Do they sit silently and pray for their car to start, or do they turn the key to start the engine as most others do?
I find it strange to view the abstract interpretation language limits us to describe the subjective experience we call reality as something of higher value or more real than the actual actions and/or behavior people display. To elaborate, what is claimed or believed to be true or not is of less importance than what people do or not. I am not defending Mormonism, as I find it hilarious. I am just uncertain of what problems Mormonism represents? I am not to familiar with it, and have limited understanding of any influence in society. I imagine there must be more to it than just irritation or being annoyed of someone wearing magic underwear and having strange ideas. To compare with example where it is claimed that religion never gets anything right and so on, I just smile and try to understand it as the expression of emotion towards something it is. The claim does not influence the historical fact of math being a religious element known from ancient Egypt and Babylon, eventually playing the essential role in what we know today as science.
Perhaps some could describe or give examples of curiosities or negative influences Mormonism presents other than silly ideas and childish stories? Creationism and how it imposes on education is a familiar subject I absolutely understand a need for people to raise their voices, and take action against. But does Mormonism have anything about it that compares in similar negative social impact? I have few answers, but many questions. When there is something I struggle to understand I assume there is something that eludes me. I would therefore be very grateful if anyone with personal or good insight into Mormonism could elaborate.