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|The Angel Moroni on CNN|
Mar. 24th, 2007 at 11:54 am
Now, more important than the content of this story is that it exists at all. I went to college in Salt Lake City, and I’m pretty sure I saw this T-shirt on campus back in the waning days of the Clinton administration. Tweaking the dominant religion is not a new thing among Utah’s purveyors of hot drinks – the Polygamy Porter furor back around the Salt Lake Olympics being another case in point.
The interesting thing about these stories is not that they are newsworthy.
What should this teach us? First: There will always be a group of Americans who find things about Mormonism odd and quirky: polygamy, garments, the Word of Wisdom, what have you. In many ways, we are outside the cultural mainstream (something reinforced to me every time I’m at a departmental party and decline wine). We are weird. It will be commented upon. This will not change. Second: That given, being huffy and humorless about it does not help. In the CNN story, I’m worried that the Church is coming across a bit like Disney. And that’s never a good thing.