The people have spoken. The winner of the Boggs-Doniphan Award 2008 (aka Gentile of the Year) for the non-Mormon with the biggest impact on Mormonism, positive on negative, is Michael Dale Huckabee. His aw-shucks anti-Mormonism torpedoed Mitt’s chances for the Republican nomination, thus ensuring that Americans were once again reminded that Mormons are too weird for the highest office in the land.
Big Brown is running Mormon of the Year. An excellent idea and kudos to Kent for thinking of it.
What about an award for Gentile (sic) of the Year — the non-Mormon with the greatest impact (good or bad) on Mormonism in 2008? Previous contenders would include people like Larry King, although 2008 saw nothing comparable to the King-Hinckley interviews of yore. For this year, Hugh Hewitt springs to mind as someone who publicly defends Mormonism at every opportunity. What about George Niederauer, whose phone call to President Monson brought Mormons on board the good ship Prop 8? Then there’s Mike Huckabee whose anti-Romney campaign killed the best chance we’ve had of a Mormon president. An interesting choice would be the officials of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, whose raid on the YFZ ranch in Texas kept Mormon polygamy in the spotlight.
As with Mormon of the Year I’m fairly depressed that non-American names do not readily spring to mind, but I’ll nominate one anyway: Massimo Introvigne, director of the Center for Studies on New Religions, whose opposition to “anti-cult terrorism” continues to offer meaningful support to minority religions in Europe. Plus, he’s the Italian president of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula.
Your nominations please. “Mormon” is defined as “LDS.”