The last couple of days have brought us more spin on stories we already know. SO the theme for this post must be the ’8o’s dance classic:
Mansfield spends much of the book explaining why Mormons have achieved the “stunning level of influence” they have today. In many ways, he writes, Mormons’ success in adulthood is tied to the two-year mission expected of them when they are young.
“Stunning level of influence?!” – Sounds ominous does it not. On Friday we looked at the LATimes Doyle McManus contention that the Mormon issue is dead. McManus tried to double down on Monday. One is tempted to think the success or failure of this book will be a measure of the McManus thesis; however, given how incredibly conspiratorial the book sounds from its promotion I am not sure that will be true. I do not think most people will buy the “Mormons are out to take over the world” line; they will need something a bit more subtle.
Despite their excitement about Romney, many Mormons remain wary of the media, according to the Key Research/BYU survey.
More than two-thirds of Utah Mormons said the Romney’s nomination will bring bad and good publicity for the LDS church. An identical percentage (68 percent) said they do not trust the media to cover the church fairly.
Sometimes its nice to have data like this, but did we really need a poll to tell us that? Frankly, can the press be trusted to report on any religion, even any conservative thought?
If you consider irony funny (and I usually do, but in this instance it’s a bit scary) consider this from Jim Geraghty on Monday:
Over at the New York Times, Charles Blow, the columnist who wrote to Mitt Romney, “stick that in your magic underwear” laments the Republican party’s culture of “bullying.”
I am tempted to make a physics joke about “spinning” off an axis, but it would be too nerdy.