Back to basics, which means I delve into the fun world of religion and politics. Possibly two of the worst things to talk about, but when did I ever shy away from anything on this blog. Ok, there is talking about the Ex, but thats for the whole libel thing.
Anyways, watching Nightline last night, to wonder across the story about the Mormon Pageant in upstate New York. I have included the video from yesterdays story just so you see I am not making stuff like this up.
Apprently, from what I can tell from the story, groups of actors who are of the Mormon faith travel from all over the country to perform a pageant that tells the story of there scriptures. Seems like a nice little thing, possibly a tad overdone, but not a bad little thing if you want to enterntain and educate some of your followers about your scriptures, very nice.
But, its not just enterntainment and its not just a lovely quaint story about how they believe there religion was formed. Apparently it is true history. John Stars played the bad guy in the play, King Noah.
"We really believe this happened," said Stars, "that these are true things that took place, that prophets actually talked to God, that we have a prophet on the earth today. It's not just a neat story. These things really happened."
Okkkkk, and now here is where the red flags and lights go off in my head. So, everyone dressed sort of like aliens and then there were warring factions after Jesus was resurrected and then a 14 year old boy was the next coming of Jesus. Yep, sounds really buried in logic and correct theory. But, what do I know, I am just graduated with a history degree.
But, religion is not buried in historical facts all the time, its also based in faith and I appreciate someones faith as much as the next guy, as long as they don't call me a heathen for not believing it. Though I do have to say it looks a bit like some sort of Olympic Opening Ceremony, but again, I am jaded.
So, how does this tie to politics. Well, the Republican front runner is Mitt Romney, who happens to be a mormon. And he is getting a little testy about people asking about his religion, since he feels it has nothing to do with politics. Well, except if you are running for office, everyone looks at your faith. You have to be a faith based person to win. I will not win when if I ran for office. I am not faith based, or at least a faith that anyone would want in a candidate.
Which is fine, I am not a candidate, I don't come from a rich family. But, Mitt, is in the public eye. His religion gets swung into the publick eye with him. So the secret rules and ceremonies of there religion will be looked on with a scrunitizing eye. And, when you have a huge pageant that looks just a tad wacky, it will be looked at as a tad off as well. So Mitt better brace himself for more, not less.