Except . . . this video showing a love-in between atheist provocateur Bill Maher and anti-Mormon zealot Robert Jeffress makes me feel miserable as all hell.
It’s not a surprise that Maher dislikes Mormonism (see this video from the same show, for example), nor that Jeffress thinks Mormonism a cult. What makes for grim viewing is the sinking realisation that left and right can make common cause in hating Mormonism. Maher and the Reverend chuckle away like schoolboys even though they hate each other simply because they hate the Mormons more.
The disdain from all sides has this particular Mormon feeling uninvited, marginalised, and yes, a bona fide victim of prejudice. What’s more depressing is that if this is the fate of Mormonism in its homeland, what chance do the rest of us? Indeed, as the Daily Telegraph (UK) made clear yesterday, Mormonism’s ‘myths’ are particularly ludicrous and disqualify anyone who might believe in them from holding office.