Openly gay Republican presidential hopeful Fred Karger recently launched his latest attack on GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney with the website Top 10 Craziest Mormon Beliefs.
On the site, top10craziestmormonbeliefs.com,Karger cites LDS Church spokesman Michael Otterson when he said “one problem is that half the U.S. population knows very little about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” The impetus of the site is that as people become more familiar with some of the more off-beat Mormon doctrine, the public will be less likely to support a Latter-day Saint for office.
Some of the beliefs cited include, “Handshakes and secret names are what will get you into heaven. Heaven is nothing more than a little boy’s clubhouse,” and, “Mormon underwear protects from physical harm.”
The beliefs are submitted by users without any background check necessary. And the site is starting to ruffle feathers, both in the queer community and the community at large.
“Negative campaigns and ugly smears might be the stuff of politics these days, but within this category, Karger gets a special space all his own after launching an attack website against Mormonism that purportedly reveals the 10 “craziest beliefs” of Mormons, lest voters consider voting for Mormon candidate Mitt Romney. The site doesn’t actually have such a list; it’s more a place where anyone can anonymously post any sort of canard about Mormonism. Perhaps rational people could also try inserting some truths, if those are actually allowed,” wrote the Los Angeles Times editorial board.
The popular queer blog, Queerty, also attacked Karger:
“Fred Karger, the gay Republican running a vanity campaign for the party presidential nomination, has one thing in common with the religious right. When it comes to Mormonism, Karger can be every bit as bigoted as the nuttiest evangelicals… But whether Mormons believe Joseph Smith had golden plates that angels took away or that men should wear special underwear has nothing to do with the Church’s political positions. If the Mormon Church was the biggest booster of gay rights in the religious cosmos, Karger would probably be lauding them for the lovable quirkiness of their beliefs.”
Karger has accepted the attacks and said the site is justified in exposing the LDS Church for their anti-gay stances and their history of mistreatment.
“As long as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to ostracize and demonize all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people I will shine a light on them. The hatred and bigotry is very lopsided. Take a look at all the suicides and damage done to young people by the Mormon Church,” Karger said in a Facebook comment.