Doctor Scratch wrote:
They use the dartboard/tinfoil hat stuff for just about everybody.
It is their stock way of discrediting people who speculate about the workings of an organization that is fairly obsessive about its secrets. Just why oh why should disillusioned members of the LDS Church be frustrated by all the secrecy? Right?
So, one wonders who is really wearing the tinfoil hats. Would it be worthwhile to depict the leaders of these LDS organizations like the mentally ill Howard Hughes perched in the penthouse of a casino surrounded by Mormon bodyguards and bottles of his own urine? Or would that be spectacularly unkind?
One marvels at the fact that some believe that the secrecy will have no negative consequences. Or, if it does have consequences, the consequences are incredibly unfair.
The truth of the matter is that we live in a society that, irrationally or not, pretends to being a very open one. This runs directly contrary to the LDS Church, which carefully channels information in even the most innocuous matters. I would say that the average ward
is a fantastic study in the intersection of secrecy, knowledge, gossip, and power. Therefore I find it utterly unremarkable that people who have become disillusioned with the Church would pick up on this secrecy issue as a sore point.
The secrecy of the Vatican has in no way inspired pop cultural fantasies about its conspiratorial nature. LOL. What makes the Mormons so special that they should be immune to the same impulses?