Christopher Hitchens: “Anyone who believes that stuff is an idiot”
November 27, 2006 by William K. Wolfrum
CH: No, he’s a Smithite, for Heaven’s sake. I mean, he believes that some idiot found gold plates buried in the ground.
HH: But it is religious bigotry to call that out. And do you make similar comments…
CH: No, it’s not me who says he’s a Mormon. Excuse me, it’s he who says it.
HH: I know that, but I still think…
CH: I say that anyone who believes that stuff is an idiot.
HH: I know you believe that, but isn’t it sort of randomly bigoted to bring that out and throw it onto the table?
CH: Not at all, no. It’s essential to point out…
HH: I disagree.
CH: Especially at a time when people are always saying it’s the Republican Party that’s run by religious crackpots and nutbags. And it’s very important to point out these people have a big foothold in the Democratic Party, too.
HH: I think that’s terribly religiously bigoted. I think that is up there with, like, saying about Jesse Jackson that he’s African-American in the course of commenting on him.
CH: Well, I don’t really see how he could keep that a secret, how one could…
HH: Well, it’s not a secret that he’s a Mormon. It’s just sort of a random attack on a guy’s faith. I don’t like Reid at all, but…
CH: No, I think less of him because of the stupid cult of which he’s a member. I would say the same if he was a Scientologist.
Remember kids, there’s a reason people go off on Scientology and Mormonism and call them cults – it’s because they are recent enough for us to know how they got started.
Hitchens should be ashamed of himself for singling out Mormonism and apologize to all Mormons. All religions are cults, after all. To pick only on the Mormons is bad form.