In the words of the late Christopher Hitchens, “I suppose that one reason I have always detested religion is its sly tendency to insinuate the idea that the universe is designed with ‘you’ in mind or, even worse, that there is a divine plan into which one fits whether one knows it or not. This kind of modesty is too arrogant for me.”
As our country’s overall ‘faith’ and tolerance for religion waxes and wanes, one religious faction has justly drawn the majority of attention from not only irreligious people but even some from similar faiths, such as Christianity and Judaism. Essentially, the Mormon faith has a more radical view than that of Christianity. It’s similar, but much more intensive (for lack of a better word). These religious deviations from Christianity, one of the largest faiths in the world, have justly been looked at as almost taboo. If you have ever run across a Mormon gathering, you may have noticed that they all look incredibly similar, share the same beliefs as far as lifestyle is concerned, and are all trying to desperately spread their beliefs on the non-believers so that they can save us from eternal damnation.
With advances in science — particularly in medical science — our society has reached a halting point in political and societal discourse. How far do we follow religion? How much of a benefit is it to people who believe in a celestial being? Surely, questions like this one pose a similar head-scratching moment that we have come to terms with the advancement of our knowledge. If you were choking, would you rather me say a prayer or do the Heimlich? This question should undoubtedly have one answer, but as we will see, particularly with the Mormon faith, this is not always the case.
15. TITHING IS REQUIRED
One of the ancient traditions that have always been practiced by the Mormons is a custom that they brought back to the forefront of religion from centuries ago: tithing. In your history classes as a young boy or girl, you more than likely heard about “Indulgences”, where bits of money could be used to relieve someone of a sin or from God’s will. Tithing accounts for a large portion of the 35 billion dollars that the Mormon church collects annually, and tithing (a required donation of 1/10 of any Mormon’s annual income) is a large part of all of the money that is collected each year. Any notion or doctrine of any religious denomination that includes one giving money in exchange for any immaterial service or conscious deed, is an abomination and a direct contradiction of the idea of ‘faith’.
14. NATIVE AMERICANS ARE DESCENDANTS OF ANCIENT ISRAELITES
“The Mormons, as I suppose from information, came here so ignorant of laws, regulating intercourse with the Indian tribes, that they expected to pass on into the Indian territory, procure lands of the Indians, aid them in adopting habits of civilization, and attach them to their party.”
It is no secret that the acquisition of the Americas by the British and it’s peoples is a rocky history, one of pillaging and broken promises at the very least. Put aside the violence and callous nature that the early settlers did in their acquisition of foreign land (if you can), and take a moment to digest what the Mormons (and other religious faiths as well) added to the equation when America was conquered by the British. Aside from simply taking the Native Americans’ life and land — that wasn’t enough for the religious — they had to convert these native peoples to their religious faith; for, after all, they wouldn’t want these natives to die and go to hell, would they?