By Jim Denney
When Richard Dawkins, author of “The God Delusion,” was asked if there’s a better word for a nonbeliever than “atheist,” Dawkins suggested the word “bright.” He explained, “I think it’s rather a good word, though most of my atheist friends think it suggests religious people are “dims.” I say, ‘What’s wrong with that?'”
To professor Dawkins, the dimmest of the “dims” are Mormons. He mocks the Mormon belief that Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, was led by an angel to a set of engraved golden plates, and that Smith translated the plates into the Book of Mormon.
Professor Dawkins maintains that anyone who believes Mormon doctrine is “stupid” – and that includes Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. On Twitter, Dawkins repeatedly blasts Romney as a “fool” who is too stupid to be president. A sampling of Dawkins’ tweets:
- “No matter how much you agree with Romney’s economic policy, can you really vote for such a massively gullible fool?”
- “Ignorance is no crime. But to be fooled by Joseph Smith takes real stupidity.”
- “American friends, are you seriously proposing to vote for a man capable of believing [Mormon doctrine]?”
- “40% in U.S. are stupid enough to believe the world is only 6,000 years old. They’ll vote for a man stupid enough to be fooled by Joseph Smith.”
Though I’m not a Mormon myself, I find Dawkins’ anti-Mormon bigotry outrageous. There’s simply no evidence to suggest that Mormon doctrines impair a person’s judgment or leadership ability. Some of our best and brightest achievers have been Latter-Day Saints. A few examples include:
- former Dell CEO Kevin Rollins,
- plastics entrepreneur and philanthropist Jon Huntsman, Sr.,
- hotel executives J. Willard Marriott and J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr.,
- JetBlue founder David Neeleman,
- authors Jack Anderson, Stephen Covey and Orson Scott Card,
- TV’s “Jeopardy” whiz Ken Jennings,
- Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of television,
- world-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon Russell Marion Nelson,
- Robert Ingebretsen, digital sound and robotics pioneer,
- NASA astronaut/physicist Don Leslie Lind.
Would Dawkins have us believe that these are all “massively gullible fools”? And that re-electing President Obama is truly the “bright” thing to do?
Consider President Obama’s four-year record of failure: There were 2.7 million long-term unemployed when he took office; now there are 5 million. Middle-class income has fallen almost $4,000 under Obama, from $54,962 to $51,002. Gasoline prices have gone from $1.85 a gallon to $3.86.
In the past four years, home values have dropped 11 percent, health insurance costs rose 23 percent, and we’ve gone from 32 million to 47 million people on food stamps – up 46 percent. The consumer price index has climbed 9.1 percent, and the federal debt exploded from $10.6 trillion to $16.2 trillion, up 51 percent. America has dropped from first to seventh place in global competitiveness.
Why did President Obama fail so miserably? It’s because he embraces a superstition called “Keynesian economics.” Keynesianism has never worked. It can’t work because it’s the economic equivalent of trying to fill a bathtub by bailing water from one end of the tub to the other.
Government “stimulus” involves reinjecting money the government has already taken out of the economy through taxing and borrowing. Government can’t create wealth. Only the private sector creates wealth, and it functions best when government gets out of the way.
How does government get out of the private sector’s way? By cutting tax rates, holding down spending and reducing regulatory red tape. This approach worked under Harding and Coolidge, producing the good times we call the “Roaring Twenties.” JFK proposed this approach in 1962, and LBJ signed it into law in 1964; nearly a decade of prosperity ensued. This approach worked again under Ronald Reagan, producing 52 consecutive months of economic expansion.
By contrast, Keynesian “stimulus” spending failed to pull America out of the decade-long Great Depression. Keynesianism failed to solve inflation under Nixon and Ford, and stagflation under Carter.
The failed $831 billion Obama “stimulus” of 2009 is the nail in the Keynesian coffin. President Obama’s policies have crushed the middle class, made debt slaves of our children and hindered economic growth – yet President Obama clings to his false Keynesian religion.
Dawkins has labeled himself “bright” – but his dogmatic atheism has blinded him to the truth about Mormons and about the Obama record of failure. So Dawkins, if you are reading this, I ask you, which is truly more harmful: Mitt Romney’s Mormon doctrine or the disastrous economic doctrine of President Obama?