Full disclosure: I am an atheist who was raised as a Mormon….
Men whose intellects I admire have been debasing themselves in their rush to join the chorus of anti-Mormon sentiment in our public discourse.
Maybe you should admire them a little less.
It’s easy to attack the nonsense of mainstream theism. Don’t get too impressed by the people who do it. They often have dogmas and faiths of their own of equal or greater gibberish.
As an atheist who has always been an atheist, Mormon doctrine seems much less twisted and demented than the main theistic alternatives. The same with Jehovah’s witnesses, for that matter. They’re “more crazy” only because they’re minority positions.
The current snickerfest over Mormonism is predominantly not by evangelicals, but by those who worship another god entirely - Society, Humanity, the State, etc. , and are looking to use religious bigotry to support their preferred candidate. Instead of race baiting, it’s religious baiting. I wonder if they would have been so hot to decry weirdo religions when Kennedy ran against Nixon to become the first Catholic president. Actually I don’t wonder, I know that agreeing with Kennedy’s politics, they would have denounced questions about Kennedy’s Catholicism as religious baiting.
Notice that we didn’t hear a peep from them about Obama’s racist church, with it’s “Marxism in Stained Glass” of Black Liberation Theology.
Why? Because they want Obama to win, and their collectivist assumptions are largely in line with the Black Liberation Theology besides.
Yes, the religious bigotry being stirred up against Mormons by some atheists is rather odious. But it’s really just your mistake to be surprised that your atheist heroes engage in it. Let this be a lesson - the enemy of your enemy is not necessarily your friend.