So this is how it'll go down from here on out:
Joseph Smith will be rebranded as "a farm boy" instead of a multiply-convicted con man, and Mormons will be projected as victims of hysterical persecution - instead of a pushy (and gullible) people forcing Smith's pretty sick "beliefs" into other's lives.
There will be no talk of occult mysticism, unknown planets and stars, "reform Egyptian," or how men with daughters thought of polygamy coming into their communities. As a matter of fact, there will be no talk of delusional thinking what-so-ever, but more of an appeal to find acceptance in our hearts for those with wacky "beliefs."
That's all they are. You know, like when a "crazy" uncle comes over for Thanksgiving dinner, gets drunk in the corner, and starts rudely pontificating on the "niggers" or whatever. "Oh, that's just Uncle Charlie!" everyone says, knowing - well, hoping - no one will ever get hurt (or has ever gotten hurt) from his "ideas."
(Ever wonder why nobody ever brings up the plight of blacks who came into contact with Mormons - during all those 100+ years Mormons considered us "cursed" - except for the supposed-pain of not being able to join in this silliness? Whatever happened to them? You think that might have *something* to do with why Utah's historically been so white? And why there are so few black-owned businesses prospering here in the busy-as-a-beehive state? I guess it doesn't matter because they're supporting Mia Love now - who, I assume, is "teaching" her kids they'll get their own planet when they die, along with all this ahistorical BS about early Israelites coming to America - so "all's well that ends well," right? Riiight. Until it's YOUR kids,...)
Slap a smiley face button on the whole thing and let's call it a day.
Whew. After watching this malarky, it's pretty easy for me to understand why ABC NEWS' Jake Tapper recently wrote a column on how the media is failing us.
But - considering this manipulative piece of "celestial" propaganda was produced by his own network - I have to wonder if even he truly "gets" how bad the problem is,...