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04-08-2012, 08:23 PM
Book of Mormon Musical: Correct portrayal of what Mormons believe
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I'm finally going to see the Book of Mormon Musical in three weeks! Reactions from my friends and family have ranged from excitement to strong expressions of disapproval. After listening to the soundtrack, I can attest that few of the beliefs attributed to Mormons are controversial. However, I am convinced that the cognitive dissonance Mormons feel in connection with musical has nothing to do with their doctrines being inaccurately represented. Rather, they are uncomfortable because they know that their cherished doctrines are preposterous to anyone who has not been carefully indoctrinated as they have been. In other words, they are embarrassed to have anyone learn about their silly beliefs unless they have already drunk the Mormon Cool Aid.

One of my favorite songs from the soundtrack, I Believe, was performed at last year's Tony Awards. My comments are in brackets.

I believe that the Lord, God, created the universe. [True]
I believe that He sent His only Son to die for my sins. [True]
And I believe that ancient Jews built boats and sailed to America
[Not true. Ancient Jews built only one boat. Mormon Sumerians built submarines]
I am a Mormon,
And a Mormon just believes. [Mormons are some of the most credulous people I know]

...

I believe that God has a plan for all of us. [Mormons believe that the plan is to make them into Gods]
I believe that plan involves me getting my own planet.
[Note quite true. Mormons believe they will each have their own universe]

And I believe; that the current President of The Church, Thomas Monson, speaks directly to God.
[True. God's most recent revelation to the world: Only one earring per ear]
I am a Mormon,
And, dang it! a Mormon just believes!

...

I believe that Satan has a hold of you [True. Satan causes people to doubt Mormonism]
I believe that the Lord, God, has sent me here
And I believe that in 1978, God changed his mind about black people!
[True. See Mormon Racism]

You can be a Mormon..
A Mormon who just believes!

...

I believe that God lives on a planet called Kolob.
[False. God lives on a planet orbiting the star Kolob]
I believe that Jesus has his own planet as well.
[Earth is Jesus' planet. LOL!]
And I believe that the Garden of Eden was in Jackson County, Missouri.
[True. Where else could it be?]


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05-08-2012, 05:35 AM
RE: Book of Mormon Musical: Correct portrayal of what Mormons believe
(04-08-2012 08:23 PM)Theofrak Wrote:  
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I'm finally going to see the Book of Mormon Musical in three weeks! Reactions from my friends and family have ranged from excitement to strong expressions of disapproval. After listening to the soundtrack, I can attest that few of the beliefs attributed to Mormons are controversial. However, I am convinced that the cognitive dissonance Mormons feel in connection with musical has nothing to do with their doctrines being inaccurately represented. Rather, they are uncomfortable because they know that their cherished doctrines are preposterous to anyone who has not been carefully indoctrinated as they have been. In other words, they are embarrassed to have anyone learn about their silly beliefs unless they have already drunk the Mormon Cool Aid.

One of my favorite songs from the soundtrack, I Believe, was performed at last year's Tony Awards. My comments are in brackets.

I believe that the Lord, God, created the universe. [True]
I believe that He sent His only Son to die for my sins. [True]
And I believe that ancient Jews built boats and sailed to America
[Not true. Ancient Jews built only one boat. Mormon Sumerians built submarines]
I am a Mormon,
And a Mormon just believes. [Mormons are some of the most credulous people I know]

...

I believe that God has a plan for all of us. [Mormons believe that the plan is to make them into Gods]
I believe that plan involves me getting my own planet.
[Note quite true. Mormons believe they will each have their own universe]

And I believe; that the current President of The Church, Thomas Monson, speaks directly to God.
[True. God's most recent revelation to the world: Only one earring per ear]
I am a Mormon,
And, dang it! a Mormon just believes!

...

I believe that Satan has a hold of you [True. Satan causes people to doubt Mormonism]
I believe that the Lord, God, has sent me here
And I believe that in 1978, God changed his mind about black people!
[True. See Mormon Racism]

You can be a Mormon..
A Mormon who just believes!

...

I believe that God lives on a planet called Kolob.
[False. God lives on a planet orbiting the star Kolob]
I believe that Jesus has his own planet as well.
[Earth is Jesus' planet. LOL!]
And I believe that the Garden of Eden was in Jackson County, Missouri.
[True. Where else could it be?]


http://www.theofrak.com/2012/08/book-of-...sical.html

It is truly stunning that anyone believes this stuff, or that a believer of this stuff has a good chance to become the President of the United States. Do most people have no idea just how fucking weird Mormons are?

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05-08-2012, 05:37 AM
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(05-08-2012 05:35 AM)Chas Wrote:  It is truly stunning that anyone believes this stuff, or that a believer of this stuff has a good chance to become the President of the United States. Do most people have no idea just how fucking weird Mormons are?
Most people are religious themselves. Drinking Beverage

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05-08-2012, 07:12 AM
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I wish you luck. There is no way I could sit through the damned thing.

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05-08-2012, 07:17 AM
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(05-08-2012 05:37 AM)Vosur Wrote:  
(05-08-2012 05:35 AM)Chas Wrote:  It is truly stunning that anyone believes this stuff, or that a believer of this stuff has a good chance to become the President of the United States. Do most people have no idea just how fucking weird Mormons are?
Most people are religious themselves. Drinking Beverage

But Mormon beliefs are really, really weird.Hobo

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05-08-2012, 09:42 AM
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The weirdness of the mormon religion also leads to some very strange liquor laws.




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