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Friday, April 08, 2005

Joe Smith & The Cub Scouts 

The title would make a pretty good band name.

Somehow I've been drafted into helping run YW's Cub Scout Pack. This means once a month I go to a meeting and discuss plans for the future. This is fine. I don't mind having a say in how the Pack is governed. I think of myself as a deep cover mole infiltrating the Boy Scouts. <snark>Since I don't collect and distribute kiddy porn perhaps my cover won't work</snark> This meeting happens at the local LDS Church (for those of you not up on your TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms), that would the Mormons (my farming grandmother, toward the end of her life was afraid of them. She thought they were a cult and were likely to kidnap her and force her to renounce Lutheranism for their fiendish beliefs. If she saw young men wearing ties and white shirts while riding bicycles she would hide in her bedroom nd not answer the door so they wouldn't break in and take her away. But I digress.)) In the spirit of my previous post, I think they are proof of the God == Imaginary Friend hypothesis.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was founded by Joseph Smith. Joe lived somewhere in the Eastern US in the early 1800s. One day out in the woods an angel (Moroni, if you can believe it) appeared to him and revealed the Truth of the Word to Joe. Joe started the Church and the rest is history. Now that was less than 200 years ago and there are millions of people around the world who think that a man who halucinated and heard voices in his head was talking to God's own representative. Today we call that kind of person insane.


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