Why do we have this need in our society to turn religious and political figures into heroes? They are average men at best, mentally ill at worst.
I was having a discussion with a friend last night who pointed out that the people of the old testament turned Moses into a larger-than-life hero; a man with no imperfections. The modern day mormon church has done this to Joseph Smith.
History writers have done this with the signers of the Declaration of Independence. I am seeing it with even more recently with the followers/worshipers of Ronald Reagan. Here is an article detailing some of the myths perpetuated about Ronald Reagan: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/04/AR2011020403104.html?sid=ST2011020403674