Recently Richard Dawkins tweeted about the Mars Rover landing:

Yes, America STILL manages to reach Mars, despite half the country preparing to elect a man who believes he'll get a planet when he dies

For anyone not sure of what he meant by getting a planet when you die, he was referring to the Mormon belief in "exaltation". I was unaware of this myself until fairly recently, when I came across the following YouTube video, that explains it in an entertaining cartoon. I have it on good authority that this is a fair representation of Orthodox Mormon teaching, and is therefore part of what good Mormons are expected to believe.

http://youtu.be/QN7jeIQS5WA

Now really, I had thought Scientology pioneered way-out beliefs in life on other planets as a religious teaching, but turns out that Mormons preceded them by a good part of a century. Note the very unsubtle justification for racism based on the idea that skin colour is a marker of "spiritual purity". One thing I have to wonder about is Elohim's countless Goddess wives. Elohim was supposed to have been a mortal who became one of countless Gods, so presumably his Goddess wives were once mortal women. What strikes me is the extreme gender imbalance of one male god apparently having billions of wives. Does this mean that there are billions of male gods without wives? Or does it mean that for every billion women who are exalted, only one man will have the same honour? Seems a bit unfair to the male gender to have what seems like a "winner takes all" system. Or is it the case that basic mathematics do not apply in Heaven, and that for every male who becomes exalted into godhood, billions of goddess wives will be supplied for him in some miraculous way? Maybe that's one of the benefits of being a god,  mortal conceptions of "common sense" or logic simply do not apply...

Just an addendum, according to an informal poll, 50% of Mormons do not believe that men have ever been to the moon because the Moon is a sacred place not meant for humans...

This post also appears on my blog Cosmic Cogitations.

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Comment by Alex Barnham on August 10, 2012 at 6:51am

All the religious nutters are advocating a select few surviving and they all believe THEY will be the ones.  This is cannabilism on the highest order.

Comment by Alex Barnham on August 10, 2012 at 6:48am

This government is having a hard time finding soldiers so the military have come up with warbots.  We will now be facing a government being defended by the hardware and software we developed with our tax dollars.  Instead of stopping war because we think we can always win, we, the people, will be annihilated in the end.  Wake up, stupid.  The mor(m)on is advocating WW3.

Comment by Alex Barnham on August 10, 2012 at 6:44am

This can all happen in a country tutored, managed and manipulated by government workers.  Voters are so busy working to buy stuff, they don't have time to gain any wisdom.

Comment by Tony Carroll on August 8, 2012 at 10:37pm

Well, I got a bump on my nose one, started picking at it, and it just never healed properly. :)

Jelly baby?

Comment by Scott McGreal on August 8, 2012 at 10:32pm

Love your profile pic Tony, is that a good likeness? ;-) Just kidding, I'm a big Doctor Who fan myself. 

Comment by Tony Carroll on August 8, 2012 at 9:45pm

I have the original tweet. As follows:

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