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Published: Sunday, Jan. 12 2014 10:04 p.m. MST

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A Scientist
Provo, UT

I never mock Mormons or their religion.

I only mock that which is silly and deserving of being mocked.

Because there is plenty of that in Mormonism and Mormondom, sometimes they get mocked.

Eliminate the silly and mock-worthy from Mormonism and Mormondom, and the mocking will drop dramatically.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

Mayfair,

My wife is hardly a typical Mormon - thank goodness!

If Mormons were overall like my wife, I would have joined the Mormon Church three decades ago.

Alas, she is the rare one-in-15-million exception.

grip
Meridian, ID

People tend to be down on what they are not up on. I expect there never will be a time when all ALL people will be "up" on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to qualify them to be critics or boosters.

Free Agency
Salt Lake City, UT

While I understand the author's frustration at what seems like a double-standard, his analogy of Mormons and Jews in terms of being mocked isn't accurate.

Mormons, Christian fundamentalists and Muslims too, are mocked by some media for their *religious* beliefs. If Jews were mocked, it would be "racial." Jews have widely-varying beliefs and disbeliefs about their religion. Indeed, more than a few Jews don't believe in God at all.

Yet they're all considered Jews, by their fellow Jews and by the world around them.

If a Mormon renounced his religion's beliefs, he'd no longer be considered a Mormon. Same for fundamentalist Christians and Muslims.

Having said that, I'd like to add that I have the deepest admiration for the Mormon Church in the way it handled that Broadway show. I can't think of another solidly dogmatic religion which would be so even-tempered about something that mocks so much of their values and what they hold sacred. I understand the Church even put an ad in the show's program: "You saw the show, now read the book."

Would that we were all like that.

Here
Sandy, UT

Might I suggest it will get worse. As the second coming approaches, persecutions will arise and worsen. That's just my understanding. Things are happening fast, with signs of the times popping up around us. The Lord will prevail. The war has been won. We just have to prove what side WE are on.

The leaders of the church seem to me to be always taking the considered, measured approach to issues of the day. And even with that, they get criticized. But that has been the lot of leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints since it's beginning.

Though the church does not seek controversy, it will stand out more and more as it finds itself becoming one of last groups to hold to the standards of Jesus Christ. Many groups and individuals cave under the political correctness of today.

Bebyebe
UUU, UT

Freedom of speech.

celeratelife
Lethbridge, 00

Baloney. I listen to a fair amount of television and movies and I hear faiths of all kinds being slammed all the time from Evangelical Christianity to Wicca to Judaism to Islam to Atheism! It`s one of the things I love about our country and freedoms. We are safe to criticize whoever we wish without being afraid of retaliation. I wouldn`t want it any other way.

Sore loser
tampa, fl

It's always fun to laugh at Nacho but maybe not so much at ourselves? The Lord himself called his Church as being fillled with the weak and simple. We should probably not take ourselves too seriously and remember the 2nd principle of the Gospel.

Californian#1@94131
San Francisco, CA

Why is it OK to mock Mormons?

Hmmmmmmmmm ....

Because we are often not politically correct?

Because earnest young people in suits and white shirts or knee-length skirts with tops that cover their shoulders are so out-of-place among youth in general?

Because we "can't" smoke or do snuff, get drunk or stoned, drink espresso or frappuccinos, go home with the attractive stranger of our choice from the bar, or hang out in casinos dropping dollar after dollar down the drain, we never have any fun?

Because we believe God still speaks to us, wants to speak to us, and loves us enough to speak to us just as He did to people thousands of years ago?

Because we actually look forward to being with our families for eternity?

Because we don't throw tanrrums, riot, assassinate, or burn things down someone offends us?

Because we are just so completely... well... mockable?

The list could go on and on and on.

ParkCityAggie
Park City, Ut

I can think of several reasons why Mormons tend to get "mocked" more than others.
1. The colorful history of the Church.
2. Mormonism is just as much a culture as it is a religion.
3. Proselytizing - when you put yourself out there in the open like, you are bound to take shots.
4. Mormons tend to seem a bit more gleeful (maybe just perception) which will always draw in cynicism.

I could go on but I think I made my point.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Sharrona,

The statement is factual. You may not like the way he says it, but it is accurate.

Did Paul boast?

A Scientist,

So you only mock what you determine deserves to be mocked?

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

What, not one mention of Archie Bunker? He used to give a bigoted opinion about everyone and everything. His comments about "the Mormons" were tame and hardly anything compared with others he lambasted.

Face it, Hollywood script writers love to poke fun at the Mormons and it seems to be well received by the public. I'm not sure why except maybe it has a bit to do with others feeling insecure around those who strive to do what they should and shun the world's vices, like smoking, drinking, gambling, womanizing, etc.

There are those who think they know better than anyone else what the doctrines or practices of the Church should be and if they are not aligned, the Church is just plain wrong (or silly). When exactly were they ordained the President? Missionaries wearing white shirts are an easy target...but they wouldn't dare make fun of some non-member's tattoos, multiple earrings or weird hair. Other examples are home teaching, singles wards, church athletics, etc. The Church building a new building has critics that say the money should be used to help feed the poor.

They tolerate some things, mock others.

jeanie
orem, UT

Scientist,

"I never mock Mormons or their religion. I only mock that which is silly and deserving of being mocked. Because there is plenty of that in Mormonism and Mormondom....."

I don't follow this logic.

And, how can you know she is one in 15 million? Have you met all 14,999,999 of us? You pass very harsh judgements on strangers you have never had dealings with because of the actions of some. You respect the promises you wife has made, but demand the rest of us expose ours.

LiberalJimmy
Salt Lake City, UT

How about not making it so easy then possibly the jokes will cease!

Mayfair
City, Ut

@Here

Very well said.

LiberalJimmy
Salt Lake City, UT

"Two Mormons walk into a bar"...Just kidding. Just kidding.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I think we all know whats going on here. Its OK in America to attack the character of those who don't agree with you politically. Its hardly new or a one-sided affair. One day perhaps, America will get tired of it and then both MSNBC and Fox News will be in big trouble.

azamatbagatov
Lehi, UT

Catholics get skewered for the priest scandal all the time. Jewish people get ridiculed for being cheap. I take it as a sign that we've made it as a major religion when people make fun of us. It happens.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Its never okay to mock anyone for any reason. To to so would be a violation of the golden rule.

Thats not to say all religion are deserving of respect. Snake handler religions, religions that forbid people from seeing doctors, especially children who need life saving care, religions that force women to wear head coverings, that circumcise infants, that make people feel guilty for things that are not wrong such as birth control all come to mind

jp3
Salt Lake City, UT

When a religion says, "We're the only 100% true church on the earth" and implies that you don't reach the highest level of heaven without going through them first (and yes, that's what you believe, don't deny it)--then you open yourself up to mocking, it's pretty simple. It's like saying at a party that you're the smartest one in the room and happen to know everything--you think folks are going to find any sympathy for someone like that? The LDS Church and this paper like to drive up the "pity" quotient for Mormons, but you guys bring it on all by yourselves.

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