July 07, 2005

For Your Reading Enjoyment

Right now, I'm reading "Under The Banner of Heaven," by Jon Krakauer. It's a real-life crime novel that explores the 1984 Lafferty murders but, more generally, it sheds light on the disgusting practices of fundamentalist Mormon polygamists. Seriously, these people are sick and twisted. Their stunning abuses of women, children and welfare system is enough to make me scream.

Ahhhhh, fundamentalist religious belief. It can lead to the bombing of a church full of blacks by the KKK. It can lead to pedophiles raping 12 year old girls in the name of God. And, oh yeah, it can lead to a string of bombings in the U.K., killing 40+ people.

I'm not an atheist or agnostic. If anything, I tend to believe in my own personal variation of what God may be. You can call it "God Lite," I guess. One-sixth the sin of those established religions! But, man, the day I think I hear a voice in my head telling me to do God's work is the day I put a gun to my head and pull the trigger, so I can speak to God directly, cutting out that annoying middleman in my head.

Anyway, I'm enjoying the book, even though it makes me think along lines such as those expounded upon in the preceding paragraph.

Posted by Ryan at July 7, 2005 02:15 PM | TrackBack

It's always funny to me that the Mormon's main angel is named Moroni. I mean... come on.

Posted by: Joshua at July 7, 2005 02:22 PM

Yeah, that always gets me thinking of a comic-book style throwdown between Moroni and Xenu, space overlord.

Posted by: flamingbanjo at July 7, 2005 04:15 PM
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