Responding to Via Meadia‘s recent essay on Yale professor Harold Bloom’s attack on Mitt Romney, well-known sci-fi author Orson Scott Card had this to say:
The Mormon Church has repeatedly made statements that directly contradict Orson Pratt’s statement about laws, as the Mormon Church officially refuses to support or oppose any party or candidate and does not allow its meetinghouses, membership rolls, or meetings to be used for political purposes.The Mormon Church thrives in many nations having nothing to do with American politics (more Mormons speak Spanish as their native language than English). The Mormon Church cooperates with all governments, and seeks to control none of them.Mormon leaders do not enrich themselves; most Mormon clergy are not paid at all, and those that are paid earn little more than a mid-level businessman. The Church’s tithing “wealth” is not at the disposal of any individual. It is used entirely for the Church’s tax-exempt purposes: building meetinghouses, publishing religious books and other media, and providing relief to the poor.Bloom’s fear of “plutocracy” or of some conspiracy to take over the U.S. government has nothing to do with Mormonism as it actually exists in the real world.What is fascinating to me is that Yale University provides a harbor for someone as delusional and as careless of fact as Bloom.
As a long time fan of Mr. Card’s fiction, I am happy to welcome him to the site.