** That's the title of the article.
This article shows why freedom of speech and information is so important. It shows why the unrestricted access to the internet is so important. When
people who are submerged in a high pressure religion find factual information that runs counter to that religion, they are finally able to break free
and decide for themselves what is true and what isn't. People can break the control that organized religions have over their minds and lives.
Some countries out there are run by religious control. They forbid the people of those countries full access to the internet. They forbid the people
of those countries access to any information that runs counter to their organized religions. Some countries even disallow the populations, or I
should say - segments of their populations - to get an education.
This is why the internet is so important. This is why we must be watchful when governments talk about censorship of the internet or talk about
running it or taxing it. People need to have unrestricted access to the information that can be found on it. Sure, a lot of information on the
internet is silly and worthless. BUT there is a lot of information that is invaluable and that can free minds from the choke hold that organized
religions can have on them.
New York Times - Some Mormons Search The Web and
Around the world and in the United States, where the faith was founded, the Mormon Church is grappling with a wave of doubt and disillusionment
among members who encountered information on the Internet that sabotaged what they were taught about their faith, according to interviews with dozens
of Mormons and those who study the church.
But Mr. Mattsson and others say the disillusionment is infecting the church’s best and brightest. A survey of more than 3,300 Mormon
disbelievers, released last year, found that more than half of the men and four in 10 of the women had served in leadership positions in the church.
The questions were things like:
■ Why does the church always portray Joseph Smith translating the Book of Mormon from golden plates, when witnesses described him looking down into
a hat at a “peep stone,” a rock that he believed helped him find buried treasure?
■ Why were black men excluded from the priesthood from the mid-1800s until 1978?
■ Why did Smith claim that the Book of Abraham, a core scripture, was a translation of ancient writings from the Hebrew patriarch Abraham, when
Egyptologists now identify the papyrus that Smith used in the translation as a common funerary scroll that has nothing to do with Abraham?
■ Is it true that Smith took dozens of wives, some as young as 14 and some already wed to other Mormon leaders, to the great pain of his first wife,
Side note - for anyone interested .. SOUTHPARK did a good episode about the problems with the Mormon religion -
A lot of the 'problems' with the Mormon religion are similar to problems other religions have. Looking at that list of questions, I can see
similarities that other religions have with how they were invented.
- A man claims visions from heaven and offers no solid proof.
- The visions/man have hate towards a group of people. An enemy is invented.
- The man claims multiple 'wives' and even steals the wives of others. (at God's command)
- Contradictions between what the religion claims and what history shows to be true.
- 'Borrowing' the standing of other established religions by incorporating bits and pieces of them into the new religion. Piggy-backing off the
established religions ... and sometimes changing the original established religion to match the new one to give it 'credibility'.
Sound familiar? It should. The Mormon religion isn't the only one guilty of this. The Jewish faith did it. It 'borrowed' stories from the
ancient Egyptians and ancient Summerians, changed the names and places, and made those stories their own. Muhammad did many of the same things that
the Mormon founder did as well.
This is why freedom of the internet is important. The truth will set you free.
The internet can set minds free from the chains that organized religion put around them.
I'm not saying to throw out the baby with the bathwater ...
Keep what is good in organized religion ... but don't buy the whole story that is put forward.