CHARGE: The worst despots in history have been those who claimed to be divine.
LDS RESPONSE: LDS doctrine teaches only Christ was divine. There is a difference between potential divinity and current divinity. Latter-day Saints do not even believe Godhood (divinity) is a destiny, only a possibility.
REALITY: The CHARGE is not intimating that despots are either potentially divine or currently divine – but, are further from it than the average person. It makes no specific allegation against any Mormon, rather, a warning. One of the definitions of the divine is ‘Godlike.’ There are many occasions when LDS Church officials have been known as near-to God or claim to possess divine influences. Couple this with the notion that it’s not only a possibility but also a goal to become a God within Mormon doctrine and you have a certain recipe for disaster.
There are many instances in LDS history which prove this combination is lethal, and is not limited to early Mormon events. The notion of becoming a God has led to a general segregation of Mormons to the rest of the world, of which they’re unusually happy to embrace. Since its inception, LDS people have been proud to be known as a peculiar people. It’s been recent that Mormons have been involved in a huge public relations campaign to convince the world they are normal.