Reader Dobby linked an interesting article published a couple of months ago, and it got me thinking about something I’ve been thinking about for a while now. The piece covers Mormon business practices. What’s been turning around in my tiny brain: given the popularity of conspiracy and end day stories on the delusional right, and their deep religious insularity and ethnocentrism, it’s easy to see a scenario where a hunk of that caucus goes balls deep into Mormon conspiracy theories, especially if Mitt Romney wins:
Business Week — It’s perhaps unsurprising that Mormonism, an indigenous American religion, would also adopt the country’s secular faith in money. What is remarkable is how varied the church’s business interests are and that so little is known about its financial interests. Although a former Mormon bishop is about to receive the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, and despite a recent public-relations campaign aimed at combating the perception that it is “secretive,” the LDS Church remains tight-lipped about its holdings. It offers little financial transparency even to its members, who are required to tithe 10 percent of their income to gain access to Mormon temples.
If wingnutty claims did gain currency among the confused, no doubt Koch-money would do what they can to stomp it out. But how successful would that be? Money plus power plus secrecy, now add religious authority and extreme prejudice on all fronts, what could possibly go wrong, what could possibly be there to hide?
It’s not as if we have no precedent for a powerful central church with lots of cash and resources coming into contact with less organized but equally zealous groups competing and conspiring in US politics. The Mormons are by most any definition even more exotic — some might say weirder, more secretive, or even creepy — than Catholics in America have ever been. That’s a lucrative conspiracy theory waiting to be written, marketed, and milked right there bay-bay!