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Published: Wednesday, June 8 2011 2:00 p.m. MDT

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LDS Revelations
Sandy, UT

"Those Mormons who are deeply offended by Newsweek's cover image/story probably aren't ready themselves for a Mormon president," he said. "This ain't nothing compared to some of the vitriol the LDS Church will face if Romney/Huntsman actually IS elected."


The LDS Church catches a lot of grief some it deserved, some of it not but this comes with coming of age as it were. If LDS are going to get upset about something as harmless and frankly, funny as that cover then they don't really want all of the press they're desperately seeking.

This is really about getting your press and getting it how you want it too but no one gets that really. Do they? It's a big world with lots of differing views.

The cover is funny because Romney is such a stick in the mud. People need to lighten up and laugh a little...even if people don't see their faith as they do or as they would like them to. Hate to imagine how LDS would of reacted if President Monson's head had been photoshopped.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

"Those Mormons who are deeply offended by Newsweek's cover image/story probably aren't ready themselves for a Mormon president," he said. "This ain't nothing compared to some of the vitriol the LDS Church will face if Romney/Huntsman actually IS elected."


Amen, and Amen!

Lewisville, TX

"A Mormon-themed" cultural event? Don't you mean a South Park attack on the church and its members? No one in his right mind would get a positive (or even neutral) view of Mormons based on that musical's portrayal. That alone is evidence of the bias of Newsweek, both against the LDS Church and Mitt Romney.

Somewhere in Time, UT

I thought the cover was really funny. I'll bet anything that Mitt Romney got a good laugh out of it, too. Methinks that a few people need to lighten up a little bit.

So. Cal Reader
Escondido, CA

I would hope that McKay Coppins is not "puffing" out his chest with pride over his "efforts" on this article. There were so many other, less offensive depictions that could have been used, which as an "active" member of the church, he should have known all too well. Pretting disappointed with "Bro." Coppins! "DeepintheHeart", I couldn't agree with you more. Well said!

Eugene, OR

I wonder if the people complaining about the Newsweek cover have even seen a political cartoon. Leaders and elected officials have been made to look ridiculous ever since the beginnings of America. In fact, I'd even say that it's a key part in helping keep them down to Earth.

If you guys really want to see Mormons to become more visible, this is part of the game. Enjoy the attention and laugh along.

So. Cal Reader
Escondido, CA

Re: KJB1-- I could care less about the Newsweek cover. My concern is the content of the article itself. For Coppins to talk about all of his oversight and pleasure in saying this article brings the church out of obscurity, I don't think so. For such an indepth article in a national publication, particularly with an "active" member of the church participating, I would have expected the article to be more balanced. Don't think the intent of such an article was to come away from it laughing.

Pa. Reader
Harrisburg, PA

Really folks, get over yourselves. This persecution complex so many of our LDS members walk around with is tiresome. All this whining about the "liberal media" is as silly as it is unjustified.
This was a balanced, well written article that was a fair and accurate portrayal of the "Mormon moment" we are witnessing. (It is not Newsweek's job to be a PR arm of the Church.)
Too many of our members want to align themselves with the true enemies of our Faith, the agnostic and atheist voices on the left, and the evangelical nuts on the right. Both extreme groups openly admit their animosity toward The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Remember the wisdom of presidential candidate Pat Paulson (of Smother's Brothers fame): "I'm kind of middle of the bird. Too much right wing, too much left wing, and you tend to fly around in circles."

Manti, UT

I think it's funny. I laughed when I saw it and I am sure Mitt Romney is glad for the publicity. Maybe the Book of Mormon Musical will do something good after all.

City, Ut

quoting article--"Those Mormons who are deeply offended by Newsweek's cover image/story probably aren't ready themselves for a Mormon president."

Au contraire.

I am completely ready for a Mormon president.

What I have against this cover is (quoting article again:)"Newsweek mocked Mitt Romney's Mormonism as they promoted the vulgar 'South Park' musical 'The Book of Mormon."

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Anything like that cover just lends much less credibility to both the author and the publication. I'd expect such action from City Weekly but not from a periodical that's trying to get back into relevance.

Petaluma, CA

after the cover story, the next thing I read from Romney is that he is going to withdraw from the public eye until September. I found that interesting. Apparently he is skipping the N.H. debate on June 13th. It certainly means he is skipping the Iowa straw poll in August.

here is the quote I saw: "He said he will conduct a few key interviews, but mainly keep a low profile.

"Until Labor Day hits I'm going be pretty quiet," Romney said." I am amazed he would skip the debate in N.H. He must like his position. I notice that guys who are ahead in the polls limit their appearance in debates, right up until election day, making it hard for opponents to make up ground. No debate = no gaffes and nothing to oppose. Aikido.

Lake Elsinore, CA

Someone besides Jimmer made the cover?

Seriously, all this attention just gets people asking questions. It's all good for the Church.

Orem, UT

Seriously, I doubt that some cover on a magazine should be a litmus test over whether Mormons are ready for a Mormon president. The whole article is way over the top and shows a really distorted view of Mormons and how latter-day saints feel. I don't think Mr. Coppins is a good representative of how we feel as a people and the cover is a mockery of who we are. In a distorted way, it reinforces old stereotypes that most people don't even know exists anymore.

Provo, UT

It really is tiresome to hear members complaining about any media coverage of the Church that isn't either fawning or correlated or both. Grow up, folks. You'll never be as persecuted as your pioneer ancestors, so quit fantasizing about it.

Also, while there is much to be offended about in the Book of Mormon musical, it is hardly "anti-Mormon." In fact, the Mormons end up being the heroes at the end, and Mormonism--even though the show's creators think it's factually not true--ends up being the only thing that can save the villagers. It's got more profanity than most Mormons are comfortable with, and deals lightly with tenets we hold sacred, but it is not anti-Mormon. In fact, I just saw an interview with one of the guys who plays a missionary in it. He said that to prepare for the role, he read the entire Book of Mormon and found it absolutely fascinating.

Alexandria, VA

As a Mormon, I wasn't offended by the cover. Watching Romney's campaign, it looks like he could use a little pep in this persona anyway, so if anything, this may give some voters a more relaxed view of Romney.

Springville, UT

I thought the article was quite pro-Mormon and pro-Romney. You could tell the writer was LDS.

My question is this: IF Mormons are upset that there are some who won't vote for Romney because he is Mormon, should they also not vote for Romney just because he IS LDS? If there is a religious test, does it not cut both ways? Why else would the vast majority of LDS people support a pretty moderate (some might say liberal) politician from Massachusetts, who is rich and never has been middle class and doesn't really understand their struggles? It is his religion, plain and simple.

Taylorsville, UT

It would be a real homage to honesty to see such a production depicting the Qu'ran and rib tickling humor ridiculing the stridency of Islam. The fear and trembling of such an production would hence shake the columns of political correctness and hypocracy.
Taste and decency is one thing, rib poking is another. If the church took the same militant and threatening stance as has worldwide Islam the boldness of Pulitzer wannabees would disappear in the currency of self preservation.

Miami Area, Fl

I just read the whole article.

To those who did not like the article,

What did you find to be unfair or untrue?

Powell, OH

Is this really all so many mormons have to worry about?

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