After reading Escaping the Saints I have been thinking about posting on something so contoversial, I think I might just make everyone angry. So I stalled on it. But now I think I will share with you anyway.
Similarities between Islamic fundamentalism and Mormonism: Some introductory thoughts
After reading/listening to Escaping the Saints and getting about half way through Reading Lolita in Tehran, it has become apparent that these two religious movements share many similarities. They are:
1. Both of their key leaders married 14 year old girls while they were in their 30s.
2. Both limit the things that their academics are allowed to read, think about and
speak of that may run in conflict with current religious leadership.
3. Both have secret police that seek out and oppress dissidents (look up the Daneites in Mormon life for instance).
4. Both officially condone polygamy (although the mainstream Mormon church has chosen to take a break from this for a while, plural marriage still is a religious tenet of Mormonism.)
5. Both think they are going to be having mad passionate sex in eternity with their plural wives.
6. Both are vocally patriarchal, and view women as property of men.
7. Both have special clothes that they are supposed to wear, although Mormons are a little more superstitious about theirs.
8. Both have a culture which sees itself as victims, and thus justify much of their behavior that may be questionable as self defense of an oppressed minority.
9. Both shun and threaten harm to family members who disagree with official religious teaching.