Kolob and Kool-Aid

I posted on Facebook earlier, in a way disparaging of the Mormon faith, specifically with reference to the Republican candidate for President of the United States.

Why do I find Romney’s faith so disturbing? Why should the issue of his faith be so troublesome to me, when I truly believe that one’s religion should have no bearing on one’s ability to run an office, a town, a state or a country?

Maybe because the Romney/Ryan pair make so much of religion. No, it’s “Christianity,” not religion in general, and by doing so they even rule out the validity of other faiths whose gods, tenets and rituals are just as valid to those who believe in them.

I saw “Book of Mormon” on Broadway. It was hilarious. One of the best shows I’ve ever seen. I’m afraid, though, that in its hilarity it committed the grave sin of somewhat obfuscating in humor the unconventional teachings, the “wisdom” of Mormonism.

I believe in science. I believe that people with telescopes, microscopes, laboratories and testing institutes have a good grasp on what is reality, what is real in the real world. Myths such as those found in most organized religions are great; they’re usually meant to teach, they’re often fun; they sometimes do good jobs of pointing out what should be the obvious to everyone. How to live one’s life.

But myths such as the myth of the Earth being created in six days and a few thousand years ago, the myth of a man who rose to heaven and then returned to Earth (don’t even bring up the myth of his mother), the myth of the Mormon god who lives on a planet or star, Kolob, an orb that has never been identified by astronomers — and we’ve recently reached or reconstructed images of some of the oldest stars in the Universe — leave me scratching my head, wondering how some people can interpret those as real.

Everyone has a right to believe in their faith; but no: not the faith they were handed as three-, four-, five-year-olds or otherwise, not without having reached the age of reason and seriously questioning that faith in every way possible; and then examining other faiths and finding similarities and differences, objections and acceptances and only then, only then, either accepting what they were handed or evolving into something else, something that really plucked their heartstrings.

Blind faith is no faith at all. It’s dimwitted acceptance of something you don’t truly understand.

I know I, for one, would never be able to believe in Kolob or the Kool-Aid it offers, any more than I was able to continue adhering to the teachings of the Catholic church, having learned of its duplicity and hypocrisy.

Believe what you want, Mr. Romney, but understand that because you make it an issue, it should be an issue for those who will choose to elect you. Or not.

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