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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 11 2013 3:30 p.m. MDT

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Woods Cross, UT

Thanks, Bishop.

Travis G
Riverton, UT

God Bless Bishop Hayashi from a Mormon. We all need to do a little better and respecting other's differences. I will try to do the same.

Phoenix, AZ

Great article about what seems to be a great man. Good for him for standing up for what he thinks is right. I have a great deal of respect for anyone who truly lives their religion. Hopefully, members of the LDS church will also be supportive of other religions and diversity in general in communities where they are the majority or the most significant minority.

BYU Track Star
Los Angeles, CA

So a Mormon Bishop, a Catholic Bishop and an Episcopal Bishop, all lost, walk into a bar: The Bartender looks up and says "I don't want any funny business from you Three" So how's that for respecting Faith diversity in Utah...

Salt Lake City, UT

Thanks, Bishop. I know several members of the Episcopal Church here in Utah (and have also served their church in a business environment). They're top-notch and great people, and they do a lot of good in the community.

Providence, UT

I'm all for respecting others faith and views.

On the other hand, this active Mormon gets a good laugh hearing Mormon jokes - - even from non-LDS friends as long as they're not over the top mean-spirited. And few jokes really fall into that category.

The Mel Brooks comedic approach - - equal opportunity send-ups of everyone is the way for me!

St. George, UT

I think the Bishop mentions something very, very important that in my opinion many LDS members forget; having a sense of humor about your own religion and beliefs is very healthy and valuable. It is very endearing and softens others who may not share your beliefs.

Morgan Hill, CA

It's good to hear from someone who actually practices what he preaches when it comes to diversity.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

So, does this mean no more "Single's Ward" movies either?

Mike H.
San Jose, CA

This is good to hear. There was a former Protestant Minister in Georgia I knew of, who became a Mormon, but, would not tolerate bad talking of those of his former faith.

Clearfield, UT

Lets hope Brother Glenn Beck reads this and other church teachings about the danger of sarcasm and intolerance of others. Something he seems to have mastered.

Syracuse, UT


The Scientist
Provo, UT

"In my baptismal covenant I pledged that I would ‘work for justice and peace and respect the dignity of every human being."

Much better than the covenants made at baptism in some Churches.

Seabeck, WA

Having grown up in Utah (Davis County) as an Episcopalian I have a unique perspective on this topic. I support Bishop Hayashi in this and also strive to be accepting of religious differences. Since leaving Utah in my late teens I have frequently found myself defending LDS beliefs from the misconceptions of others outside of Utah. I can do this authoritatively since I made an significant effort to learn about LDS beliefs. However, I've rarely ever found this effort reciprocated by LDS church members. I can think of only 1 church member during my entire up-bringing that made any effort to learn anything about the Episcopal church. Respect is a two-way street and I truly hope that President Monson's "kindness and respect" philosophy is adopted by all LDS church members. I can honestly relate that I did not experience this philsophy growing up in Utah but again hope for sincere change.

JoCo Ute
Grants Pass, OR

So if I understand Hayashi correctly only Mormons can tell Mormon jokes. There is a big difference between humor and bigotry or jokes told about our religious quirks and those that disparage our beliefs. The humorless world that Hayashi envisions is down right scary.

Who's going to run the joke police for Bishop Hayashi? Some of the best Mormon jokes can be found on YouTube where "Things Mormon Girls Say", "Utah Names" and "Provo Girls" can be found. These vids are hilarious and to a certain extent ones that only Mormon insight could produce.

No more green Jello jokes. . . I don't think so.

durwood kirby
South Jordan, UT

Thanks, Bishop. We all need to practice a dose of respect for each other.

In contrast to some remarks on this comment board, a person can have a fabulous sense of humor and still offer respect to all other groups.

mountain man
Salt Lake City, UT

Have you heard the anti mormon joke about....oh wait... i guess this isn't the best place to tell that joke.

Louisville, KY

Thank you Bishop Hayashi. A wise stance. One we should all emulate for those of all faiths (or lack thereof).

I don't believe that humor is wrong in all cases. Good natured humor is essential. But humor can be used as a way of saying something negative that we would not/could not say "seriously" and can even be a mask of hate.

If we start with love and true respect, the humor that flows will be good and even uplifting. If not, then whatever flows will be far less so.

Wasatch Front, UT

@ JoCo Ute----

In reply to your first sentence, above: NO! You obviously do NOT "..understand [Bishop] Hayashi correctly"!!

Please go back and read the entire article again, dude, only *carefully* this time.

Bishop Hayashi stated --repeatedly-- that what he is opposed to is any anti-Mormon humor or derogatory or bigoted humor. Not all humor, and not humor about Mormons, by Mormons themselves.

Please re-read the article!

And Thank you Bishop Hayashi. God bless you!

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

Joking about jell-o is one thing. Joking about someone's beliefs and things they hold sacred is another.

The one's that laugh at the crude jokes show their incompetence and ignorance.

Sadly people feel entitled to discriminate against a minority group, especially religious in todays environment.

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