The not-surprising Evangelical backlash against Rev. Muow’s we-have-sinned-against-the-Mormons comments in the tabranacle has produced one of the least plausible interpretations of Mormon action that I have read in some time. Tim Clarke, who is executive secretary of the Utah-Idaho Baptist convention insists, among other things, that Mormons have been targetting Evangelicals for conversion. This, I am hoping, is true. (If we don’t save them, who will?) At this point, however, Mr. Clarke spins off into la-la land, saying:
The evidence is tangible. Why are the Mormons building temples in New York City, Dallas and Atlanta? It’s because they’re targeting Baptists who don’t know what they believe.
That’s it! That is why Mormons build temples! To fool Baptists into thinking that we are Christians! I knew that all of the talk of eternal families, redeeming the dead, and careful analysis of whether there were sufficient active members in an area to support a temple was a front for something!
The evidence of a Mormon effort to convert Baptists, however, is even more damning that this. Mr. Clark, along with Mike Gray, a pastor in Salt Lake, both point toward . . . Baptists at Our Barbecue, one the latest romantic comedies from the newly minted LDS film industry. You may have thought that this was simply an attempt to make a bit of money by marketing a silly movie to Mormon audiences, but if you did you are wrong. This is simply another part of the Mormon master plan to convert Baptists!
Strangly, niether Gray nor Clarke mention what I would have thought was the best evidence of Mormon intentions toward Baptists: The benametagged 19-year-olds in white shirts and dark suits who knock on Baptist doors every day.