Years ago I used to be very interested in Mormonism, though that was when I was an evangelical Christian and my main interest was in converting them. But I learned quite a lot about them and even attended a Mormon church for a while (incognito, as it were).
One thing I learned was that, according to Mormon theology, every human soul born on earth was originally procreated in heaven by God the Father having sex with one of His many wives, who then gave birth to a “spirit child,” which in turn had to be born into a physical body in order to progress into eventual godhood. Considering that the current birth rate is something like 200,000 per day, that’s a whole heaping helping of heavenly humping!
Strangely, though, while Mormonism gives each of us a Heavenly Mother along with a Heavenly Father, and while each of these Heavenly Mothers is also a god in her own right, none of them seem to have any names or identities of their own, or at least any deemed worthy enough to be revealed to us kids down here on earth. All the worship goes to the male. All the prayers go to the male. All the revelations and commandments come from the male. The females, apparently, are just there to crank out kids for the divine Patriarch.
A while ago, I posted that we shouldn’t vote based exclusively on religious affiliation, and I still believe that’s true. The religious convictions of a particular candidate, however, should be open for inspection, and we ought to consider the degree to which these beliefs influence the behavior of the candidate, so that we can make our decision on how we expect him or her to behave in office. The religious right thinks that government should impose family values on society, and that family values come from faith. It’s entirely appropriate to look at a candidate’s faith and think for a moment about exactly what kind of values those really are.
When we look at the Republican party, we can see a systematic progress towards producing a Mormon-style patriarchal heaven on earth, where men are the people who do things and run the show, and women are just anonymized baby farms. Is that really the kind of society we want to see America reduced to in this day and age?