the ground zero mosque and mormon hypocrisy

so i had a less-than-graceful facebook argument with a bunch of mormons a while back on the ground zero mosque. it wasn’t my proudest moment.

by all logic, i should not get so worked up about this topic.  i’m not muslim, i only know a handful of muslims, and i’ve only visited new york twice.

but when i see a mormon making the case against the ground zero mosque (i know, it’s really a community center), it fills me with the white hot fury of 1,000 suns.

the reason? for a group of people who so adamantly insist that we stick to “the principles the founding fathers set forth” almost 250 years ago, they seem to be incapable of showing empathy to muslims despite their religious history.

here’s the parellel i tried to use in my super embarrassing facebook fight:

suppose that mormon fundamentalists – a group with whom we share a common founder, but very little else – decided to hijack an airplane and crash it into the mall of america. a wide segment of people were killed in the crash – including a handful of mormons. national mourning ensues.  now let’s imagine that several years later a group of mormons decide they want to build their chapel down the street from the mall of america.  of course we see no connection to the tragedy carried out by the FLDS  – but a group of politicians decide they want to take up this issue and protest our being there.  how would you feel in this situation? does it make you think that maybe you have something in common with muslims, looking to shake the image that they are in any way associated with demented muslim fundamentalists?

of course the analogy was lost on everyone, and louder internet yelling ensued. the point i was trying to make is that is seems like mormons have generally forgotten what it’s like to be a persecuted people.  the only thing that contemporary mormons have taken away from their pioneer ancestry is a feeling of superiority and a giant chip on their shoulder that get’s jostled whenever anyone points out a doctrinal anachronism.

that’s at least my take. if anyone else stumbles across this i’d be curious to get your take.


About unorthodox

i live in LA, work in advertising and am the father of three kids. i'm don't belong to a political party, but i have left-leaning political views. i love the beach, loud music and video games. i grew up mormon, but haven't been a believer for the past 6 or so years. i love what the church has done for my life, and am concerned about what the church is becoming.
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5 Responses to the ground zero mosque and mormon hypocrisy

  1. Kate W says:

    So interesting, as I was thinking of a very similar type analogy the other day in response to some Mormon relatives and acquaintances. There are several parallels between Islam and Mormonism, IMO, but I don’t want to veer off track here.

    It’s interesting that Mormons and also mainstream Christians can have a hard time understanding that just like there are different sects of mainstream Christians and also Mormons, that Islam has various sects as well. It’s so much more convenient for some people to lump all muslims into one group. Just as I’m sure it’s easier for people who don’t know much about Mormonism or the different types of Mormon based sects to lump all Mormons into one group. You’d think that the mainstream Mormons, who get so upset about being confused with and lumped in with the FLDS or the Community of Christ would be more sensitive to and conscientious about this type of thing.

  2. Jeremy says:

    All you should have to do to win the debate about the ground zero mosque with a Mormon is to cite the eleventh article of faith.

    “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.”

  3. unorthodox says:

    @Kate W: exactly, it gets so easy to lump all those groups together when such high emotions are involved. after i wrote this post i found this article – i wish i could have made my post as clear/concise as this guy, haha.

    @jeremy: ha, i hadn’t even thought of that tact. nice one.

  4. MCQ says:

    As an active Mormon, let me just say that I agree with you on this issue completely. Hope that doesn’t rock your world too much.

    Oh, and BTW, it’s “tack,” not “tact” in your above comment to Jeremy.

  5. Mads says:

    In primary they always said that we were going to be persecuted for our beliefs, but we lived in Utah and more often then not we persecuted people for not being mormon

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