Harold Bloom whacks at Mormonism (though mostly the Mitt Romney version and not the Harry Reid one) in this fairly useless piece. As others have noted, this is mostly religious bigotry at its most unpleasant. I don’t think the religious issue should be much of a factor in this upcoming election, but I think Walter Russell Mead is onto something when he suggests:
The essay drips with condescension and disdain; he hates and fears the Mormons not because they are different from most of their fellow citizens but because they are like them.
Particularly, the last paragraph makes clear Bloom’s opinion of another large segment of American religious life, the Southern Baptists:
Mormonism’s best inheritance from Joseph Smith was his passion for education, hardly evident in the anti-intellectual and semi-literate Southern Baptist Convention. I wonder though which is more dangerous, a knowledge-hungry religious zealotry or a proudly stupid one? Either way we are condemned to remain a plutocracy and oligarchy. I can be forgiven for dreading a further strengthening of theocracy in that powerful brew.
While hardly fair, that’s not really the point, is it…