Good. Can they die a little faster, please?
I always felt that living in Utah was like living in a nest of Scientologists — all this money-making scheming plastered over with a veneer of florid scripture written by a mountebank. I wouldn’t miss it if it disappeared altogether.
That’s nothing special about Mormonism, though. Look! All religions in the USA are dying slowly.
There are many factors behind this decline. Here’s one:
Meanwhile, the church’s close alliance with the GOP might be costing it members. As Notre Dame political science professor David Campbell, who was raised Mormon, told me, “There’s an allergic reaction among many Americans — particularly those who lean to the left politically — when religion and politics mix. We see it among Catholics. We see it among evangelicals. And we’re seeing it among Mormons.”
It gets messy when you include politics, though: the Republicans have become increasingly cult-like. That’s the next religion that needs to go!