Mitt Romney: A Mormon President?
But when dealing with Mormons I usually bite my lip to keep from asking questions which, while very offensive, ought to be fair matters to explore. The only time I do ask these questions is when Mormons approach me. In one case it was a student of mine (see “A Mormon Loses His Faith,” below), but usually it’s when the young missionaries ring my doorbell and explain they want to tell me all about the wonders of Mormonism. Normally I politely send them away, but if the mood strikes me, I invite them in, listen to their standard pitch, and then turn into a law professor engaging in a Socratic dialogue designed to find the truth. My primary question to these youths is whether they have read any of the books written about Mormonism that are not approved by the church. The answer is invariably “no,” since doing so is forbidden. I then tell them that I’m an atheist and therefore suspect of all religions, but that I certainly think it’s unconscionable to go from door to door proselytizing for a religion when you haven’t even explored the truth of its teachings. If those teachings are wrong aren’t you doing something bad, not praiseworthy? And further aren’t you wasting your time and much of your life supporting something that’s unsupportable? That does bother them. I then—evilly?—ask them what they would be doing if they weren’t missionaries. One of them laughed and said he’d spend a lot more time on his motorcycle. [One time the missionaries called me on the phone a day or so after they left, saying they had spoken to their leader who told them I couldn’t really be an atheist, but at most was an agnostic, and were confused when I assured them that was not the case.]
|Smith translating the golden plates|
|One Man, One Woman?|
|The Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City|
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