I should not have read the article. I quit posting over at RfM because of people like Benson and SLCabbie, who seem to have a strange litmus test for what makes a true ex-Mormon. Frankly, the guy behaves like a prick over there, and he hardly comes off better in this piece. In fact, I would bet that the reason he seems even the least bit tolerable in this piece is because others were editing him. It is a shame that someone who has offered real insights into the upper echelons of the Mormon hierarchy/royalty can't behave like an adult consistently enough to develop a little gravitas and hence real credibility. Anyone who indulges in rhetoric like "weird Mormon God" in a somewhat serious publication is begging to be dismissed by anyone with an ounce of soberness.
Seems to me that the ex-Mos are lacking in some much-needed PR. I'm not saying the LDS Church does it extremely well, but the Steve Benson show is not the face I would want put on ex-Mormonism.
Count me as someone else who thinks that Benson is an A-1 jackhole. He appeared to have this pathetic psychological need to be King of the Pond over at RfM. His on-line personna is arrogant to a fault, dogmatic, and unreasonable.
He is, however, extremely articulate and a very witty writer. He could be an effective spokesperson for the Ex-Mo community if he could put aside all his other baggage. Not sure I'd want him speaking for me, though, as I had more than one run-in with him over on RfM, and he was invariably a jerk.
I also disagree that no one will vote for someone who wears his religion on his sleeve. George W wore his on his sleeve. It didn't hurt him and probably helped. Huckabee has made it a campaign strategy to wear his religion on his sleeve. We'll see how it goes. I won't vote for him for this very reason. I don't want a rabid EV as president, not only because I distrust EV's (I believe that they have distinctly anti-Liberal/Pluralism instincts), but because I worry about whether he'll empower the fruitcake wing of the EV's (and their scary brothers in arms the dominionists) even more than W has. I see religious fanaticism as the greatest threat to the health of our republic today, and I worry about embedding it even more into our public life. Let those who believe in Biblical literalism preach their religious supersitions in their own homes, I don't want them basing public policies on what iron-age pastoralists would have done.