I am always amazed at the mental gymnastics people are willing to go through in order to justify their belief system. Instead of being logical, and saying, “Gee, that makes no sense at all,” they flip and twist, and turn and flop in order to find a very uncomfortable position where they CAN, if they try really, really hard, touch their elbow with their tongue. Of course, anyone who has actually TRIED this knows it is not possible. Unless you saw your arm OFF at the elbow, and hold it up to your tongue, it ain’t reaching.
Nonetheless, people continue to try.
The latest elbow-to-tongue display comes from someone I knew growing up. Someone who is currently receiving a PAYCHECK from CES (Church Educational System), and frighteningly enough, is responsible for teaching young Mormons about their religion.
From him (we’ll call him Lance, because that’s his name), I have learned this:
“God is inherently racist” as illustrated in the Bible, but that he (Lance, not God) was never personally taught any racist beliefs growing up Mormon. Really. Is that not an oxymoron? He also says that African Americans should be lucky God decided to let them have the “fullness” of the gospel.
Now, I was raised in the same era, culture, church, and even WARD as Lance, so I know this to be a blatant lie. The mark of Cain, or the curse of the flat nose, was a very common belief. We didn’t really worry about the African American people not being able to have the priesthood, because there WEREN’T any around to have it. We had one “black” family in our school. ONE.
The definition of racism is, according to Merriam Webster:
Lance claims that God is inherently racist, and that’s why the rest of us are playing along. (Not that all of us are playing along, because I figured a long time ago that the Bible was about as literal as Paris Hilton’s morals.)
I have to admit, this claim surprises me. It’s a “Well, that’s what God said, so I guess we better do it. Jake, you get that there rattlesnake and shake him around a bit” kind of religious philosophy that I find simplistic and not even slightly charming.
And it’s one that Mitt Romney is going to face as he attempts to gain the Republican presidential nomination. People like Lance are not going to be helpful to the Romney campaign. In fact, he might even send them letters asking them to shut up, because THEY ARE NOT HELPING. The black/African American vote has become a very important force to be reckoned with, because GUESS WHAT? We wised up a few years back and finally let them HAVE the right to vote. Along with the women. I bet people like Lance are pretty sorry about that now.
Nonetheless, it happened, and so we move forward.
Mitt Romney has a basket-full of rattlesnakes headed his way. He’s a brave man, because there are some pretty dark days in the Mormon history books, and no matter HOW you rewrite them, it all boils down to the fact that when man can’t explain something, he blames God. One day God is going to get all these people blaming him in a row, and send them to live in Siberia because they said and did so many stupid things using his name.
God is inherently racist. There are hardly words. Just a word of caution, Mitt. Avoid the guy coming toward you with the rattling basket….