I'm angry. I'm annoyed. I'm frustrated. I'm sad. I'm sick of it.
And I need to get over it. But before I do, I want to say a few things about it.
Last night I read an article that compared the way the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Muslims were handling their religious mistreatment. It's an interesting article, but be warned--there is R-rated foul language in it. After I read that article, curiosity sent me to read a couple of reviews of The Book of Mormon--The Musical. I can't link any of those here because they were so disgusting.
As I read of the sacrilege, blasphemy and disrespect that is being praised by critics, enjoyed by liberals and humanists, and touted as fantastic entertainment, I got sicker and sicker. I know that the creators of this show mock other religions, but they are not equal opportunity mockers. They have chosen to single out a religion and walk all over the things held sacred by members of this church--all in the name of humor.
IT ISN'T FUNNY! Can someone, anyone, please explain to me why, in a country that has been taken over by the religion of political correctness, Christians, and especially Christians who belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are free game. Make fun of them. Ridicule them. Get your laughs off them. It's okay. Don't do it to the Muslims. Don't do it to the atheists. Don't do it to blacks. Don't do it to illegal immigrants or homosexuals. Don't do it to women (unless they happen to be Mormon women). All of these special groups need to be respected, handled carefully, raised up, helped, even reverenced.
But Christians? LDS Christians? They're fools with superstitious ideas. Only idiots would believe what they do, so have at them. Make fun of them. Mock the things they hold sacred. Make fun of their Savior, their founder, their prophet, their missionaries, their scriptures, their beliefs and their God. They don't deserve the same respect as every other group of people on the planet.
It's not new and it's not isolated. Members of the church were driven out of cities and states. I had friends whose parents didn't want their kids to associate with me because I was a member of the church. You'll find Mormon jokes in movies, television shows, in books and now Broadway.
Mitt Romney, a viable candidate for president has to answer ridiculous questions that no other candidate has to answer. President Obama's controversial religion and religious views were glossed over and those who tried to ask questions or get answers were called racist. The LDS Christian candidate starts the race from two or three laps back. Simply because of his religion.
The Book of Mormon teaches that there will be opposition in all things--light and dark, good and evil, right and wrong. As followers of Christ, there will be opposition. So while I'm angry and tired of it, I have to recognize that it probably isn't going away.
The LDS church issued a short statement about The Book of Mormon Musical. It's short and to the point and helps me remember what's really important. I guess I should just feel sorry for those that don't know any better. It was the Savior who taught it best. "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."