A new play is set to open on Broadway in a few weeks, written by the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Broadway musician Robert Lopez has also contributed.
Some Mormons will probably be upset by this play, but it’s not the first time — nor will it be the last — when someone will poke fun at or create entertainment about Mormonism.
We liked the Church’s simple response to it all.
The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people’s lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ.
We also call your attention to the Newsroom article, The Publicity Dilemma, that talks about the Church’s perspective on things like this play, or other news or entertainment that treats our beliefs in casual, if not sometimes disrespectful, ways. This article came out when Big Love (an HBO show depicting a polygamous family) depicted sacred Mormon temple ceremonies for purposes of entertainment. Not only was this violating something that is sacred to Mormons, but it also added to the confusion about whether Mormons practice polygamy (we don’t).
We encourage Church members to read the Newsroom article, which is a great reminder to us that we need not let things like this show detract us from our efforts to try to live and share our beliefs.
And we encourage people who really wonder what The Book of Mormon is all about to take a look at what it teaches, or ask a Mormon what it means to us (or read what Mormons have to say about how The Book of Mormon has influenced their lives). At the very least, we hope you won’t rely on media or entertainment to understand what Mormon life and beliefs are all about.
Read more about the Book of Mormon and what Mormons have to say about it.
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I was very impressed by the Church statement. Thanks for posting this.
I am not a Mormon but I do feel that to mock anyone’s beliefs to the point of slanderous and vile theatrics is nothing short of crude. There are those of us non Mormons who believe these men have crossed the line. I am sorry for their actions. I am sure they do not have the guts to make any comments about Muslims for fear of a beheading.
It’s just entertainment and I have seen the play and thought it was hilarious. It doesn’t change my view of mormons at all. Why don’t you actually see the play before judging it?
And yes, these men have insulted Muslims and Mohammed and have been received death threats. So I guess they have “the guts”.
Bc, glad to hear that your opinion of us hasn’t changed (although you haven’t explained what that opinion is. 😉 )
I do think there is enough commentary on the play, though, for people to be able to form opinions about it. For some, as you say, it’s entertainment. But for others, it’s offensive, and there is enough in reviews for many of us to know that before seeing it. In my mind, I’m actually as uncomfortable (if not more so) with the profanity, racism, and sexual stuff that I have heard about than I am about them bringing Mormonism into the picture.)