Inherit the Wind

He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

When I was in High School the movie based on the stage play, Inherit the Wind, made a huge impression on me. But what I remember most is thinking how ignorant and stupid the people were back in 1925 actually believing in the infallibility of the Bible and what we now call Creationism. We also studied the Scopes Trial in school and added Tennessee to our list of states to avoid and even though Montgomery Clift in Wild River made us pause in our assessment, we still couldn’t imagine how unenlightened parts of the country must have been in the early 20th century. Of course, a few years later Easy Rider came along and solidified the sentiments.

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The last place you will find equality for women is where?

Here’s an interesting discovery that my own experience endorses:

“I am convinced that discrimination against women and girls is one of the world’€™s most serious, all-pervasive and largely ignored violations of basic human rights,€” Mr. Carter, 88, wrote in the his book proposal, adding: “It is disturbing to realize that women are treated most equally in some countries that are atheistic or where governments are strictly separated from religion.”€ — Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States, a mensch, and a rarity amongst present and former politicians, an honest man.

Cult or Religion?

Andrew Sullivan has written:

“I have a few non-doctrinal yardsticks to think about the question of how legitimate a religion is. 1. Does it have secret, sacred places that are sealed off from outsiders? 2. Is there some kind of esoteric teaching involved known only to those high up in the faith? 3. Is it easy to leave the church, i.e. is apostasy without serious consequences? 4. Does it enforce tithing effectively?”

A reader responded:

You came as close as you ever have to questioning Mormonism’s legitimacy as a religion that’s truly parallel to “established” ones. It’s for the reasons you listed, which were clearly meant to be descriptive of Mormonism, and NOT because of magic plates in Missouri, that I believe we need to seriously raise this question: are we about to elect a man who just belongs to a fringe religion, or are we placing in power a man who closely follows the tenets of a secret society disguised as a legitimate religion?

John F. Kennedy famously stated that secret societies were anathema to America’s principles: “The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings.” I want a president who’s an open book, not one who revels in secrecy and exclusivity. You are the person to ask this question, as you have other unpopular ones, and it’s time to do so explicitly.

Sullivan goes on to further his thoughts on Mormonism in an article at The Daily Beast (Time Magazine).

My bottom line is that if Mormonism is secretive, we don’t want anyone associated with it governing this country. LDS has looked the other way when Romney (then running for governor of Massachusetts) willfully broke a few of the laws of the church. That sounds like LDS is more interested in power than in religion. Since I am wary of anyone that openly advocates any religion, I think I’ll pass on Mitt Romney and his secret cult.

But this is the place where you think for yourself and decide if you have your own opinion.