Some of you know that I work in science and technology, and one of my degrees is in physics. I have a colleague in physics who made an intriguing discovery regarding lepton emissions from the elemental isotope 197Au. From quantum chromodynamics—“chromo” for color—my colleague determined that the 197-isotope of element Au emits leptons that prior to annihilation chronically (periodically) release a wide spectrum of electromagnetic radiance which he believes he can detect with an instrument he plans to build. Most of you know that elemental Au is gold, and 197Au is the most stable isotope. By detecting the lepton “chronistic” emission of wide spectrum electromagnetic radiance, my friend can find gold. A lot of gold. All the gold in the world, even.
My colleague needs funding to further develop the method of detecting 197Au through wide spectrum lepton chronistic emission. He will split all the discovered gold with patrons who join his organization and donate an investment for a certain period of time while he continues receiving inspiration about his method to divine lepton-chrons down the colorful spectrum of light leading to a whole pot of gold.
Yes, you’ve guessed it. My colleague is selling a method to find leprechauns and the end of a rainbow with pots of gold! Do you want to join us?
No doubt that language like that of the first paragraph, if sold by those with some level of scientific credentials in the kind of language I wrote above, and pitched sincerely to unwitting people—there are so many—could gather a gaggle of “investors” (even in the day of the internet) who want to join the Latter-day Gold Seekers non-profit charity we would establish. Once we have collected a lot of kickstarter cash, we would skip town and find another place to pitch the scheme.
Our story of divining lepton-chrons emitting rainbows leading to pots of gold-isotopes sounds silly. If we took the cash and ran, then got caught and brought before a judge in the UK, we might actually get off. Apparently, if you pitch “beliefs” and take money and insist it was all belief-based, some UK judges will call out your prosecutor on “abuse of process” as he withdraws the charges. We would get off Scott-free, or Brit-free anyway.
You may shake your head at my silliness. Stealing money from people to detect Leprechauns at the end of a rainbow with pots of gold!? No judge would let that fraud get a pass. But Mormonism? Taking money based on a story about an angel on a hill with plates of gold!? That’s legitimate! Says Judge Riddle of the UK. Riddle, what an apt name.
My “physictitious” colleague and I could couch our story with science about isotopes, leptons, quantum chromodynamics, wide-spectrum electromagnetic emission. All fancy code words for leprechauns, rainbows and gold. Mormons couch their story around, over, under and through ancient travels of pre-Hebrews submarines, of ancient Egyptian papyri, of ancient Kolobian astronomy, of unearthly matter elements so pure that you need a refined set of eyes to discern it. To an 19th century frontier person, submarines, Egyptian papyri, refined matter and an ancient American super-race are the pre-modern equivalent to us preaching leptons, quantum chromodynamics, wide-spectrum emission, and so on. Marks trust authority figures who sound intelligent and have a great story. Through preaching the bounty of a heaven-sized award, a mansion and a world of forever peace with that sophistry of words, you can sell a lot of people on a perpetual scam; one that continued well past its prime to the 21st century and into the internet age.
And the Riddle here? A Judge champions the silliness, fearing the baseless premise that religion deserves a special exemption on telling the truth when taking your money. We would never get an exemption for taking money on a scheme of leprechaun-based gold-detection. Why do they get a pass on collecting money with stories of angelic gold-plate doctrines leading to a heavenly mansion of gold at the end of your colorful life?
Stephen Bloor, one of two plaintiffs in the Mormon fraud case, wrote yesterday:
“At first sight I agree it looks like Tom Phillips' evidence in the case wasn't tested in court, but as Christopher Ralph pointed out to me, yes it was. Tom's evidence for the fraud being carried on by the Church was tested by a very experienced District Court Judge, Elizabeth Roscoe. She tested the evidence very thoroughly in Court for nearly 4 months putting every conceivable defense to Tom's legal team until in the end she had to accept 90% of the evidence and issue the Summons. She did not do this lightly, her own reputation was on the line. Now it seems another Judge, or the legal/political system inthe UK, has decided it is not time to attack religion in this way. Maybe they are thinking there are bigger repercussions for religion generally?”
Ok, so yes, the Monson-Mormon fraud case was dismissed. Thelame, deaf and dumb Monson--a complete wimp and unlike the brave Abinadi, Almaand Captain Moroni in his scripture--sent lawyers to speak for him. Him, the prophet who they teach is “the only person on the earth who possesses and is authorized to exercise all priesthood keys" let the Queens’ Counsel (attorneys who are not even Mormon) declare LDS policy regarding its doctrinal foundation. Tom Phillips succeeded in getting on record, legal record, a full day of ranting by the LDS church attorneys. The ranting will be priceless.
If and when the court transcripts come, we can find many concessions the LDS church made in its legal fight. For starters, 1) The LDS church teaches beliefs which cannot ever be viewed as truths (legally). 2) Mormon tithing is optional. 3) “Prophet” Monson is not the "only person on the earth who possesses and is authorized to exercise all priesthood keys" because the lawyers do that now.
I'm sure there are more. We need to list them all and continue to point to them over and over. These have far-reaching implications. The ball is moving toward a more definitive court and the jello has begun to nail to the wall for them. The more they're forced to define themselves legally, the harder it becomes for them to wiggle out of their own trappings.
The careful strategy of nitpicking the LDS prophet's words will put him and future leaders in a doctrinal and speech-limited strait-jacket. The manuals, conference talks, books and more produced by all leaders will be vetted by lawyers. Zeezrom (Book of Mormon Lawyer) runs the church. We thank thee, oh god, for attorneys! The general authorities will no longer have the balls to teach strong words. When they do, strong people will leave.
P.S. I know that those who were once close to me in life (L & V & A) read my blog, and even search the internet over to find every morsel I write using pseudonyms on forums in order to find ways to "hurt" me. Why? Because I dare speak my opinion in a public manner. If you are one of those former close relations, I wish you the best in your life, but do you not see the hypocrisy in expending so much effort and time coming after me when your complaint is my beliefs hurt yours, so you must find ways to hurt me through mine? Perhaps you should be 100% personally honest at the deepest level of what you believe and re-examine your own truth if this is where it leads you. Perhaps my message resonates at such a subconscious core that it causes you distress for a legitimate reason. Perhaps you fear my message and have no defense except to attack the messenger. Yeah, whatever...