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

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patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Jesus was mocked throughout the New Testament and so were his Apostles. Christianity is built upon a foundation of moral commandments which don't ever sit well with the natural man. People don't like to hear that abortion is murder or homosexual sex is sin. It is human nature to mock and dismiss anyone who suggests a higher level of living and then actually practice it. The masses like to pretend there is no sin - no right or wrong - no commandments which tends to help them feel better about themselves and their chosen reckless life style (misery loves company). The BIG difference between Christian commandments and Muslim commandments is with the first you are encouraged with love to repent and improve your life while the latter you get your hands or head cut off. What the natural man doesn't understand is that commandments FREE you and help you to find happiness. This knowledge only comes by doing.

NeilT
Clearfield, UT

I know of at least one conversion due to some one attending the "Book of Mormon Musical". There are probably many more. I am LDS and I see a lot hypocrisy in my faith. Bring up President Obama in a church setting and brace yourself for the most vile vitriol and personal attacks. In fact I was nearly assaulted when I tried defend the President in a Sunday School class. And I didn't even vote for him.

B ob
Richmond, CA

About 160-180 years ago, among other things, Mormons experienced mob violence (including the shooting of children and rape), destruction of property, The Extermination Order, murder of missionaries, and violation of our Constitutional rights. More recently, we've experienced missionaries being brutally murdered and our sacred text The Book of Mormon being stomped on in response to our stand on California's prop. 8. And this is just in the United States.

Compared to all that…a vulgar musical, a few cartoon characters saying stupid things, people walking around our temples loudly expressing anger is nothing to get upset about. Sometimes you have to let people be ignorant, if only to keep your perspective.

Esquire
Springville, UT

Catholics, Jews and others are mocked. Maturity would dictate that we not really worry about it, not be thin-skinned, avoid being reactionary and defensive. It's time for LDS culture to mature and grow up. The stories of past atrocities against Mormonism are part of our story, but perhaps we need to move on. There is a positive message, one in which we need to feel secure, not insecure.

The Scientist
Provo, UT

The reason Mormons deserve to be mocked is evidenced in these comments. Have you ever seen so much arrogance?

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

Mormons and non-Mormons can and should tolerate each other.

Ever since I had my first steady girlfriend long ago, I began to learn that there is a line, and sometimes it seems a fine one, between good natured fun and hurtful assaults.

Some humor is hateful and destructive and designed to organize existing prejudice; some is the prelude to murderous attack: Lehi was first mocked, in Jerusalem, and then they sought his life. Jesus was mocked when he said a dead girl was "just sleeping"; perhaps it was the same type of people who later clamored for his cruel bodily annihilation.

There is a difference between truthfully or sincerely pointing out a supposed or actual flaw in a system of beliefs, and encouraging hateful prejudices.

If there was a "humorous" and "equal opportunity" attack on Jews and Christians on the Simpsons I am not at all surprised or in the least supportive. Both Jews and Mormons were driven, deprived of hearth and home, murdered and imprisoned. The Jews were subjected to a cruel and systematic attempt to destroy the whole race. When does prejudice cease to be funny?

Northern Lights
Arco, ID

"Scientist"

An excerpt from an English pre-WWII newspaper, World Press News, said the following:

“Christianity teaches that the Jews are good for nothing. The Jewish religion, however, teaches that they are the Chosen People to whom one day all the other peoples will be subordinate. Such a doctrine raises our suspicions. Since the Jews are systematically raised to be ARROGANT, is no surprise that no one likes them.”

Does anyone deserve to be mistreated because of the "arrogance" of their religious beliefs? I don't. Mocking Judaism wasn't right 50 years ago. (Look what it led to.) Mocking Mormonism, Christianity, or any religion, today isn't right. I disagree with your comment - nobody ever "deserves" it.

Willem
Los Angeles, CA

Prop H8TE in California contributed by Mormons caused a lot of hate and distrust.

Bobster
Boise, ID

I plead the 11th (Article of Faith). Joseph Smith was told by the Angel Moroni that his name would be had for good and evil among all nations, kindreds, tongues and people. I suppose that would hold true for the church he founded. The mocking of Mormonism is prophecy fulfilled.

Pack
Layton, Utah

What does it matter that a few dogs nip at our heels, the caravan moves on.

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

To Scientist:
I would wager I am more educated than you but yet you would call me a fool, worthy of mocking because I am a believer.

You have displayed nothing but contempt and disrespect for Mormons and the Mormon faith. We get it. You don't like us. That is fine. You don't have to believe. But believing doesn't make one a fool.

Smug and condescending comments do NOT improve one's credibility.

sashabill
Morgan Hill, CA

@Willem, It's amusing how people throw around words like "Hate" (or H8TE), "bigotry," or "homophobia," much the same way that right wing Protestants throw around the word "cult." Since they seldom if ever, define their terms, I am forced to conclude that "hate" simply refers to any opinion that happens to be different from theirs. I personally was involved in the Proposition 8 campaign, and I contributed some of the Mormon money behind it. I, for one, am proud the be a member of a religious denomination which can do something more than just dispense a lot of wishy washy fluff about "diversity."

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

I think more people have "joined" the Mormon Church,
than have "fallen away" from the Mormon Church over all this "mockery".

Sticks and Stones my break my bones,
but names will never hurt me.

Time to grow up people....

Willem
Los Angeles, CA

ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigeria's president has signed a law that bans same-sex marriage and criminalizes homosexual associations, societies and meetings, with penalties of up to 14 years in jail.

Is this an example Utah wants to follow?

Res Novae
Ashburn, VA

@A Scientist,

Frankly your comments on Mormons, dripping of condescension and sweeping generalizations of people you don't know, are routinely some of the most arrogant to be found on the comments to "Faith" articles. I fail to see how anonymous people you interact with online deserve what you throw at them. I am saddened and perplexed at your shallow critiques of Mormonism and the people with whom you choose to surround yourself in Provo.

RFLASH
Salt Lake City, UT

Is it good to do this to anyone? Try being a gay person living in Mormonville! Yeah, I think that I know what the feeling is like! I think we know it well right about now! It isn't just a dig towards us, you know! It is much more than a dig. We know what the excuse in our case is. Beliefs! In the case of the Simpsons, maybe it some people's belief that Mormonism is a cult? whatever the reason, it doesn't feel very good! There are a lot of reasons people do it! I know when I have said things it is because I hurt inside! I hurt real bad sometimes! We can all be so harsh sometimes. I try not to do it even when I am upset.
I think of all the horrible things said to me over the years and I ask the same question. WHY?
I think I have reached the end. I think I have reached a point when I just won't ask that anymore? It hurts too much. You are right, we shouldn't treat each other like that. It isn't funny at all!

suzyk#1
Mount Pleasant, UT

I have been a member of the Mormon Church for over 67 years and the only emotion I feel when I read these sharp comments is I feel sorry for these people. They are missing out on such a wonderful and uplifting life. Of course there will always be those who are critical with their comments but we just let them slide off our backs...we know that as long as we are honest and Christ-like in our words and actions we will have the wisdom to not react negatively but to hopefully be able to reach out to those who are truly seeking the Truth but don't know how to go about it. Our hope is to emulate Jesus Christ in all we do and say.

ThinksIThink
SEATTLE, WA

I lived in Salt Lake City many years. During that time and since I don't think I ever heard any friends or acquaintances mock mormons. I have heard people laugh about mormon doctrine or how a seer stone was used in founding the religion. But that's about it. Mostly people are respectful.

Stay the Course
Salt Lake City, utah

@The Scientist
Provo, UT
The reason Mormons deserve to be mocked is evidenced in these comments. Have you ever seen so much arrogance?

Well scientist I have seen such arrogant comments made by a certain atheist

The Scientist
Provo, UT

Mormons play the victim card better than anyone, yet blind themselves to their own disregard of others.

Typical

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