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Mormons Have Irrational Beliefs? Who Doesn't?

Darren70 Wrote: Jun 20, 2012 8:47 PM
"Smith was tarred and feathered and almost castrated by mormons for one illicit dalliance prior to his polygamous revelation " Factually incorrect regarding the revelation. Also here there is no edivdence of a "dalliance" by Joseph Smith. None. Zilch. It was rumored but that's not evidence. Like an affidavit, I can easily start rumors. Starting one doesn't make it true. As a Christian, you should know the difference. While there were, i think, *some8 excommunicated Mormons (for adultery) , there were no "Mormons" in the attack which beat Sidney Rigden to a dellusional pulp and took the life of Smith's sick one year old boy. If I err on these fact, do tell. Besdies, if Joseph Smith was attacked for his "dalliance", why was Sidney Rigdon?
Commentators on both the right and left and both secular and religious note with disdain that Mormons (Latter Day Saints, as Mormons refer to themselves) have irrational practices and beliefs. The former, we are told, includes the wearing of sacred undergarments and the latter includes posthumous baptisms and the claims by the prophet of Mormonism to have found and deciphered engraved golden plates in New York State.

I read and hear these dismissals of Mormonism with some amusement -- because everyone who makes these charges holds beliefs and/or practices that outsiders consider just as irrational.

Let's begin with the religious critics.

There doesn't exist...