Tal Bachman's comments on the PBS Frontline documentary "The Mormons" were very interesting and understandable. He talked about how he was so entrenched in the Mormon church that he would have done anything, including strapping a bomb to his chest and blowing himself up like a suicide bomber. I think his decision to leave the church is respectable, but I politely disagree with his notion that even if something is good, if it isn't what it claims to be, we shouldn't be a part of it.
Tal Bachman: "I left the church because I felt that I was forced to conclude that for whatever else it might be, it wasn't what it claimed to be"
Tal Bachman of all people should know, just like any musician, that the music industry isn't what it claims to be either. The music industry is full of empty promises of wealth and a glamorous lifestyle, where the reality is that the majority of musicians don't make it in the music industry.
Many organizations have a troubled past
Walt Disney was racist. As you can see above, one of the early Mickey and Minnie Fantasy pieces entitled "A Black Outlook" talks about Mickey and Minnie being pitted against "Fierce Ni&&#rs". His idea of a theme park about a fantasy utopia was based on the idea of a paradise that only white people would be. The point is do I stop watching Disney Movies, shows or participate in anything affiliated with Disney because the founder was a racist ba$&@rd? That may be the case for some people, but not for me. Although racism may still exist within the organization, they aren't producing racist cartoons anymore.
I can still understand the anger and resentment that people feel about the church when they discover that it isn't what it claims to be. Perhaps Bachman's comments about blowing himself up like a suicide bomber were inappropriate, but what scares me is that I don't think he was exaggerating. Perhaps he would have more credibility if he left that part out, but it sure makes good T.V. However, many people within the church can point out that he is just angry and bitter at the church since he is no longer a member. I think the people that become the most bitter and upset are those that were the most devoted to it.
Bachman also makes a good point that if the churh isn't real, life is too valuable to risk it for something made up. I can see his point on this respect and if he did infact risk his life on his mission, I can see why he would feel this way. I have never been in a situation where my life has been threatened. I wouldn't want to put myself or anyone else in harms way for the church either. If anything, I have a better understanding that although people follow religion to answer questions that have no answer, not everything is black and white all the time.
Tal Bachman: "It might be the best thing ever invented, but if it is invented it's not worth dying for"
I can't help but to wonder if democracy itself is worth dying for. Democracy is invented. The constitution of the United States is invented. Many people have given their lives to defend those things.