A co-worker of mine is reading Under the Banner of Heaven and forwarded me this article. I haven't read the book, so don't really have an opinion about it. My co-worker comes in almost every day to talk about my religion and faith, which is fine becuase we are friends and it isn't in a confrontational manner at all.
From what I gather, the story is about two people (one being Dan Lafferty) who have been ex-communicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who ended up killing their sister-in-law and her baby becuase they felt they had a divine revelation from God to do so.
Crazy, I know.
I'm fine with people writing whatever they want to about my religion.
I'm really ok when people really study it and come to their own decision about its tenets, even if those ideas are completely opposite of my own.
What kind of annoys me is when people make stupid comments about people and faith like this:
"I don't believe Dan Lafferty is crazy or a psychopath," Krakauer said. "He is an example of an inevitable outcome of strong belief."
How can an educated person really only look at this one example of ardent faith/belief and use that to stereotype people who have strong beliefs.
If he is going to do that, I'd feel like it would be alright to counter with an example myself.
Ever heard of a little lady called Mother Teresa?
I'm pretty sure you could say she was a person with "strong belief" who somehow managed to avoid the "inevitable" outcome of killing a member of her family.
Jeez, some people.