This guy wants to be President? Thank Goodness the Media Will Let Us Know About The Odd Side of Mormons. Alex Beam, writing in the Boston Globe, about a PBS special on Mormons:But also on view are doctrines and practices that most Americans would view as strange. For instance, founding prophet Joseph Smith's revelation that the Garden of Eden was in Independence, Mo., and that Jesus Christ visited America shortly after his resurrection. On camera, Yale archeologist Michael Coe calls Smith a "shaman," which is probably accurate but not a great quote for Mormons. A 1978 revelation allows male African-Americans to enter the LDS's lay priesthood. Gays are not particularly welcome, just as they are unwelcome in many other mainstream American faiths. "Being gay in that [Mormon] culture is beyond hell," one man says to (the) camera. "The Mormons" even tackles the ultimate red herring, "celestial marriage," Joseph Smith's term for polygamy. The church has gone to great pains to promulgate prophet Wilford Woodruff's 1890 declaration condemning polygamy, deemed to have superseded Smith's earlier, contrary revelation. HBO, which continues to broadcast "Big Love," a series about a polygamist who lives outside Salt Lake City, apparently didn't get the memo. What does it all mean? PBS claims it has 75 million viewers a week. Let's say one-tenth — no, one-twentieth — of that audience watches "The Mormons." That's almost 4 million men and women who will know more about the Mormon faith than Romney might wish them to know. It's bad math for the Mittster. ________________ Bad math, indeed. A guy who believes a 19th century carnival huckster who led followers to treasures buried in the ground that strangely "went deeper", beyond their reach, who said he translated the Book of Abraham found buried under a tree (guess what? It had nothing to do with the bible or Abraham), that OT saints worshipped at a mountain in the USA, that DNA proves Jews were here and in Mexico, that Jesus roamed the plains, has a whole lot of marbles missing, IMHO.