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Published: Monday, Feb. 7 2011 2:00 p.m. MST

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Lincoln, NE

Why are Parker and Stone so obsessed with the LDS Church/beliefs/Mormon culture? It seems like for at least a decade now they have been using it as fodder, ie, see their countless references to it in South Park episodes and critically-panned movies. What are they really trying to do? I've never quite understood their obsession.

Roy, UT

The dogs will bark, I found, as a mailman. One must be aware of them, be wary of them, yet find a way to block out the incessant barking, day after day, to focus on the task at hand. On one occasion, a substitue on my mail route decided to stop and spray the barking dogs with mace, but found he only got some on himself, and the dogs all barked even louder the next day. It is good in that the barking lets you know where they are, helps one account for and avoid their sharp teeth. This new "Satire" only reminds that "their must needs be an opposition in all things."

Humble, TX

Shaden, agree with you 100%. I guess imitation is the greatest form of flattery? Who knows? I love the response of the Church to just conduct ourselves with dignity and thoughtfulness. Great response.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

The Chruch is right - don't make a big deal about it.

We think we [LDS] are exempt??

Tell me,
NOBODY ever pokes fun of:
Catholic Nuns,
TV Evangelists,
Baptists, etc.

You get freaky insulted by this,
you are silly and no different than radical Islamic groups calling a fwatwah over cartoons.

Reasonable Person
Layton, UT

Come on folks, I know LOTS of LDS who think Monty Python's "Life of Brian" is great stuff.

one old man
Ogden, UT

It's a shame that anyone would try to tear down and denigrate the beliefs of anyone else.

It just goes to prove what I always say, "The world would be a much better place without PEOPLE in it."

Somewhere in Colorado, CO

I think the LDS Church is a model on how to deal effectively with others trying to portray the organization negatively...

The statement was short, to the point, and effective.

No need to drag these arguments out. Make your point, and move on.

Does it *really* "challenge" the message of the LDS Church ? Nope. If someone is swayed in their opinion of a powerful global organization by an idiot comedian's opinion, then they need to re-evaluate their values in life...

Sure, the comedy might be funny. I think the LDS Church has its quirks that are easy to make fun of... But sometimes the *easy* comedy is classless. It is easy for idiots who don't understand something to make fun of it...

Then, on the other hand, I think having a sense of humor about *yourself* and your own church is healthy.

It is healthy to laugh at yourself...

That is not to take away the seriousness of potentially sacred things, though. Serious things should be respected. And it shows a lack of class to poke fun at something considered to be sacred.

That is something our society is in need of: people with class.

Clearfield, UT

As a frequent reader of websites and blogs about Broadway shows, I have read an account of the first 25 minutes of this show. I hoped when I first heard about the creation of this show that it would be a chance to laugh at myself and the quirks of my culture, but this is not simply a satire about Mormons. It is an attempt to infuriate anyone who believes in any type of religion which seems silly to the show's creators. It is clear that Parker and Stone wanted to make the most patently offensive piece of material they could. There are sentiments in the lyrics that are not just offensive to members of the LDS church, but to anyone with a belief in God at all. Seriously, I can't even mentally repeat them.

For what it's worth, I applaud the LDS church for issuing such a simple, little statement that barely even acknowledges the show's existence. My church may be silly to Parker and Stone, but it's classy.

free thought
Blissful, Az

Shakespeare said all truth is spoken in jest.


Salt Lake City, UT

If this was about the Koran, Muslim's would have bombed the theater and killed the writers by now...

Bountiful, UT

If lies are told. Counter them with truth. If logical challenes are presented, think through the dilema, if a good counter is found share it.

It is possible to unfairly injure a persons character using gossip using slander, likewise a religion. It is also possible to spread light and truth where religions wont

May that which is right and true and merciful prevail.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Before I investigated the LDS Church at age 16, I went to Broadway and saw "Jesus Christ Superstar." Now, I wouldn't go see it today with all I've learned because I would find it offensive, but at that time it piqued my interest to find out who He really is. Hopefully this will have the same effect.

Florissant, MO

The statement by the church was well said. I believe that satire against any person or belief is out of line. I do not agree with certain lifestyles, but I would cringe if someone came out and did an insulting satirical play about it. For example, an article about gay couples adopting, not sure how I feel about that, I do not agree with gay marriage, but single people are permitted to adopt. So how would we feel if a very rude play were to be about this kind of situation? If a fellow LDS member did that, I would be ashamed of them and would find more fault in their cruel attacks, then in something I don't agree with.

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Longmont, CO

"On one occasion, a substitue on my mail route decided to stop and spray the barking dogs with mace, but found he only got some on himself, and the dogs all barked even louder the next day."

As opposed to what UPS and Fedex do which is leave treats for the dogs. All the dogs start panting and wagging for the UPS and Fedex trucks, but know to bark at the USPS. :-)

Cedar Hills, UT

In the New Testament the Lord taught "don't cast your perls before swine lest they trample them under their feet and rend you again". The point is, there is no point in having a conversation about sacred things with un-holy, ignorant people because they value nothing. A more modern take on this is "never wrestle with a pig in the mud ... you only get dirty and the pig loves it anyway"..The LDS church is good to just let this go. Trying to reason with pigs is pretty useless.

Middle of the Road
Home Town USA, UT

Do the writers of that tasteless satire realize they were put down or what?

The LDS statement shows so much dignity and class, that the satirist's probably think it was a compliment!!

It is a testament that we have inspired leaders who speak truth, with dignity even if (others') such attempts are to US drag us down. Never--

Carry on!! Carry on!! "Firm as the mountains around us, Stalwart and brave we stand, On the rock our Father's planted For us in this goodly land.

"The rock of honor and virtue, Of faith in the living God. They raised his banner triumphant Over the desert sod.

"O youth of a noble birthright, Carry on, Carry on!!"

And so it IS!!!

Saint George, UT

I hope all members of the LDS church can stay classy and provide positive examples to counter any negativity to come from this show. Truth is the most important thing.

I found the Broadway show "Nunsense" to be incredibly funny but worried that it may offend my Catholic friend. She said it was insanely funny to her, too, and reminded her of all the nutty things the nuns did at her parochial school.

There is certainly a difference between "funny" and "demeaning."

Sylmar, CA

re - Counter Intelligence | 4:33 p.m
"I would hope that other religious groups would be concerned by the fact that not one single song in the production can be broadcast on network television because of the profanity"

it's not going on TV. maybe it will follow Big Love on HBO...

re - katamb-midvale | 4:45 p.m
"Before I investigated the LDS Church at age 16, I went to Broadway and saw "Jesus Christ Superstar." Now, I wouldn't go see it today with all I've learned because I would find it offensive,

what did you find offensive about it? it's just Jesus singing and dancing. (you know he sang and danced in real life, right?)

come on, folks. you have to admit that mormonism is ripe for the picking on the comedy circuit. I mean between the special undergarments and the multiple planet scenario, you all must keep a sense of humor.

by the way, DRay | 3:41 p.m - I would love to have been there when the mailman sprayed mace on dogs that were simply barking. My dogs have a can of mace for unruly mailmen...

Provo, UT

It is interesting that the Church has made a statement about the comedy satire "The Book of Mormon." I am hard pressed to remember any official statements the Church ever made over the years about the dramatic implications of the Mormon characters -- homosexual Mormon characters yet -- in "Angels in America."

The first casualty of orthodoxy always seems to be humor. Or a sense of it.

If "The Book of Mormon" becomes a big hit, the Church will probably have to deal with it more directly. Funny is always more intolerable than drama.


Your religion is strange to people outside of it. It begs caricature. That's just the way it is.

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