Once again, I have been called an “Anti-Mormon” and as always, I take issue with this.
I am NOT an anti-Mormon. I love Mormons. Some of the most beloved people in my life are Mormon (like my mom). My mom is the kindest, most honest, nicest person in the world. She is a little nuts about religion, but that’s okay. Every dang time she goes on a trip with my dad, they visit Temples across the United States. I’ve taken to calling their vacations the “Great Temple Tour I.” Or “II.” Or “IIIIIIIIII.” (They like Temples, and I am sketchy with my Roman numeral knowledge.) As odd as I find this, I must say that she could be doing worse things. If she starts sacrificing animals on altars and dropping hints about my virgin daughters, I might change my opinion, but for now, I am NOT anti-My-Mom.
Any time you don’t like MORMONISM, however, as opposed to not liking MORMONS, you get the label. I do not hate Mormons. I do think Mormonism is, well, silly. My mom is aware of this belief of mine. It hasn’t been easy for her, but somehow, she still manages to love me. She should. After all, she CREATED me. She has some part in this. I know, I know, she wants to say I am all “your father’s child” but he believes in Mormonism, too. I would like to explain this, but can’t. So I’m moving on.
So, while I am not an anti-Mormon, I have to admit I am “anti” many things.
I am anti-math. Math is bad. When a child looks at you and says, “Will I ever use this in real life?” and you don’t tell them the truth and say “no,” that is bad, too. (Yeah, this mostly applies to Algebra, but it could have other applications. Just ask the MATH gods!)
I am anti-Saran-wrap. No good EVER came of Saran Wrap. The only things it ever sticks to are not the things you wanted it to stick to, and from there things get bad.
I am anti-liver. Oh, man, that stuff is nasty. There is no good use to liver. Even if you are anemic, it is not good, because you will DIE from the awful taste in your mouth before the iron can reach your poor deprived bloodstream.
I am anti-racism. Of course, the early Mormon Church was terribly racist, but hey, it is easy to explain away, by saying, “No one ever said that! God was testing us. Or something like that. That’s not in the Book of Mormon! Liar!” No matter what they say, early Church teachings are racist.
I am anti-lima-beans. Please, don’t try to explain away this sorry legume. It will not work with me.
I am anti-teenagers. It is SUCH a relief to know that I am well out of my teen years and thus do not have to be worried about this stance, even though said teenagers will probably protest me in DROVES. Yes, I am well aware I was one of these creatures once. Teenagers, unite! Tell God you think this phase of development is entirely unnecessary, because waking up one day to discover HAIR on your body in certain unmentionable places is NOT pleasant. Also, many of you discover that you are NOT immortal, and if you walk down the middle of a street and a car comes, the car usually wins.
I’m probably anti other stuff, but I can’t remember it now.
Please forward on this email to HBO, and let them know how ANGRY you are about BIG LOVE. Really. We are all so angry. ANGRY.
(An actual letter forwarded from a Mormon stake)
HBO’s new series, “Big Love”, is about a polygamous family and is set in a Salt Lake City suburb. About the likely impact of this sexually driven show, the New York Times said, “We may never look at Utah and think white bread again.”
Parodies of beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints occur- belief in priesthood by a man blessing his hunting rifle, belief in personal revelation from the Holy Ghost by dramatic visions that the polygamous leader discusses casually with a friend. Talk of “celestial
kingdom”, “free agency”, and the “Choose the Right” slogan are included. There is a brief disclaimer stating that the polygamists don’t have an active connection with the LDS Church. But if the writers don’t intend for viewers to make the connection, one wonders why they set the show
in Salt Lake City, the Church’s world headquarters, and why they included distortions of LDS beliefs.
NBC recently cancelled a show about a dysfunctional Episcopal priest who saw a “Jesus”, after almost 700,000 people emailed and complained.
Couldn’t we do the same for this show? If you agree, will you:
– forward this email to at least 8 people
– email a polite protest to HBO:
Go to http://www.hbo.com, scroll to bottom of page, click Contact Us, click on The Sopranos (unless Big Love is listed when you do so), scroll to the light blue box near page bottom, on the line just under Submit an Email,
click on Contact Us.Then enter your information, specify it’s about Big Love, and leave a message asking them to cancel this offensive show.
One or two sentences is all it takes. Or feel free to copy or edit this message:
I am offended that you would produce the series “Big Love”. It demeans and distorts sacred beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. By setting the show in Salt Lake City, it blurs the line between the Church and the long renounced practice of polygamy. Additionally, it is morally reprehensible to showcase an abusive family situation as entertainment. Please cancel “Big Love” immediately.