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Mormons On Broadway

“The Book of Mormon” tops the Tony Award nominations. We talked with co-creator Robert Lopez and Mormons about the controversial show.

"The Book of Mormon" on Broadway (Facebook)

"The Book of Mormon" on Broadway (Facebook)

The Book of Mormon is the sacred text of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It’s also the title of the biggest show on Broadway right now.

It’s the toast of the town. Rave reviews. And this week, showered with 14 Tony Award nominations — a huge number on the Broadway scale.

This is the big-time for a show that’s being called raunchy, sacrilegious, blasphemous — and ultimately, sweet. Even sweet on Mormons and religion.

This hour On Point: We’ll talk with Robert Lopez, one of the creators of the “Book of Mormon,” and with Mormons about the show.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Robert Lopez, composer and lyricist. He is co-creator of “The Book of Mormon” and co-writer of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical  “Avenue Q.”

Ben Brantley, chief theatre critic for The New York Times.  Read his review of “The Book of Mormon.”

Jana Riess, author of “Mormonism for Dummies” and former religion book review editor for Publishers Weekly.  Her blog for Beliefnet is “Flunking Sainthood.”  Read her review of “The Book of Mormon.”

Graceann Bennett, managing partner and director of strategic planning at Ogilvy & Mather.

John Dehlin, creator of the “Mormon Stories” and “Mormon Matters” podcasts.  He served as a Latter-day Saints missionary in Guatemala.

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  • Zeno

    I’m surprised at the photo, because I was expecting Cartman to play the lead.

  • Michael

    any see ogasmo? I heard this broadway show was great on so many levels.

    Will Onpoint be playing some of the songs?

    • Joshua Hendrickson

      I saw Orgazmo and enjoyed it. My favorite musician, Robert Smith of the Cure, did a song for the soundtrack. I suspect Orgazmo, with its sexual aspects, was much more satirically biting than the current show.

  • Guest-22

    Hope you will talk about whether this play is an attempt to boost Mitt Romney’s candidacy for President. How coincidental it’s coming out right now!

    Romney was a mediocre, bored governor of Massachusetts whose political ambitiousness was clear to all. The nation will be well advised to steer clear–though he’s great at promoting himself and his Bain consulting company colleagues who mismanaged Boston’s Big Dig tunnel project, which had millions in cost overruns and was soon falling apart. His only positive attribute was that after kicking and screaming and foot-dragging about the Mass. Health Care for All bill, he held his nose and signed it. Because more that 75% of the people backed it. (He is terrific at holding his finger in the wind to see which way it’s blowing. Witness his backtracking on health care now.)

    Whether this play is pure entertainment or promotional propaganda deserves serious attention.

    • Dan

      Are you kidding me? Do you actually think Lopez, Parker, or Stone is a Romney fan?

      It’s pure entertainment, and no, that question does not deserve serious attention.

      -dan
      Boston, MA

  • Freeman

    Hah; Mitt Romney for President; Really should think again. Might want to question his relationship with “Bain Financials” in Boston who stashed large amounts of money “offshore” to AVOID paying U.S. taxes. A real American??

    • Katebrierley

      Nothing wrong with having offshore accounts, the US dollar is going to fail soon, then you will be wishing you had put your money somewhere else. Russia, China and the IMF are having talks on changing the Reserve currency (currently the US$) into some other currency. When that happens you will be lucky if you get 1$ for every $10 dollar you have saved up. If I was a US citizen I would open up a foreign currency account right now and put at least half of my money in it. You will remember I said this in the next two years.

  • Anonymous

    It is ironic that there is a musical about missionaries in Uganda as in real life the Christians are stirring up anti gay hatred in Uganda.

  • Panamapas

    What a coincidence – I’m almost finished reading “The 19th Wife” by David Ebershoff about Ann Eliza young who was one of Bringham young’s wife. She left mormonism and campaigned against polyamy in the late 1800s. I never knew much about Mormonism before, so it’s a eye-opener. Ebershoff paints it as a real weird CULT!! They sure believe some strange things!

    • Katebrierley

      Right at the end Ebershoff will tell you that it is a mixture of fact and fiction. Many of the things in it are not true and he says that himself – at the end of the book, but you have to find it.

  • Panamapas

    What a coincidence – I’m almost finished reading “The 19th Wife” by David Ebershoff about Ann Eliza young who was one of Bringham young’s wife. She left mormonism and campaigned against polyamy in the late 1800s. I never knew much about Mormonism before, so it’s a eye-opener. Ebershoff paints it as a real weird CULT!! They sure believe some strange things!

  • Panamapas

    What a coincidence – I’m almost finished reading “The 19th Wife” by David Ebershoff about Ann Eliza young who was one of Bringham young’s wife. She left mormonism and campaigned against polyamy in the late 1800s. I never knew much about Mormonism before, so it’s a eye-opener. Ebershoff paints it as a real weird CULT!! They sure believe some strange things!

  • Dan

    Parker and Stone are going to go down as among the best American satirists of all time. They were once derided as nothing more than toilet humorists, but we’re 211 episodes into South Park, and that show’s worst episodes are funnier than most shows’ best. I wish I could see this, but I doubt I’ll have the money.

    On a side note, congrats to Josh Gad—once upon a time, I studied his award-winning original oratory performance and tried to learn from the master.

    -dan
    Boston, MA

    • Joshua Hendrickson

      I’ll credit Parker and Stone for their frequently good satire, but it seems as if they don’t quite have the balls to really give the Mormons what they deserve. The review I read in the New Yorker emphasized the anemic quality of the satire.

  • Dan

    Parker and Stone are going to go down as among the best American satirists of all time. They were once derided as nothing more than toilet humorists, but we’re 211 episodes into South Park, and that show’s worst episodes are funnier than most shows’ best. I wish I could see this, but I doubt I’ll have the money.

    On a side note, congrats to Josh Gad—once upon a time, I studied his award-winning original oratory performance and tried to learn from the master.

    -dan
    Boston, MA

  • Dan

    Parker and Stone are going to go down as among the best American satirists of all time. They were once derided as nothing more than toilet humorists, but we’re 211 episodes into South Park, and that show’s worst episodes are funnier than most shows’ best. I wish I could see this, but I doubt I’ll have the money.

    On a side note, congrats to Josh Gad—once upon a time, I studied his award-winning original oratory performance and tried to learn from the master.

    -dan
    Boston, MA

  • Panamapas

    Is this the same show which was going to say some satirical things about Islam, but was (somehow) “intimidated” and then pulled that show?

    • Dan

      No, it’s not. First of all, that was South Park. Secondly, Comedy Central bleeped Kyle’s final speech about Islam and refused to let South Park put up the unedited episode online.

      -dan
      Boston, MA

  • Panamapas

    Is this the same show which was going to say some satirical things about Islam, but was (somehow) “intimidated” and then pulled that show?

  • Guest-22

    Ho hum. Here’s a topic for you related to religion: Rene Ponce, Salvadoran military officer who ordered assassination of 6 Jesuits and their housekeeper and 16-year-old daughter, because the Jesuits were anti-right-wing death squads (trained in the US at Academy of the Americas in Georgia) and the oppressive Salvadoran aristocrats. Ponce and his henchmen were accused of crimes against humanity, murder, and terrorism. No indictment yet. Meanwhile thousands of Salvadorans still flee terrible conditions in their country and have flocked to the US to be gardeners, nannies, etc., etc. Talk about this legacy from the Reagan and Bush I years, and its connections with IRan-Contra drugs and gun running. Not as fun as singing and dancing, but a real story of religion telling truth to power. Tell how John Paul II and Cardinal Ratzinger current Pope Benedict) tried to silence these truly holy men.

    • Jrgcrz

      Ho hum. What does that have to do with Mormonism?

      • Guest-22

        It has to do with musical comedy versus tragic reality. It has to do with corporate power, religious and secular. This radio show is about a musical comedy that few people have even seen–even Tom hasn’t seen it–or ever will see. It is entertainment for the privileged few who have money to spend on expensive tickets in an expensive city. It is not about reality. Ponce died recently. The full story remains untold and justice has still not been done. We waste time on musical comedy.

      • Guest-22

        It has to do with musical comedy versus tragic reality. And air time.
        We are wasting radio time talking about a musical comedy that few people have seen and never will. Entertainment for the privileged few who can afford expensive tickets in an expensive city. Ponce died recently. His actions affected thousands of people and involved the US, Vatican, and Central American goon squads. The full story has still not been told and justice still has not been done.

  • Guest-22

    Ho hum. Here’s a topic for you related to religion: Rene Ponce, Salvadoran military officer who ordered assassination of 6 Jesuits and their housekeeper and 16-year-old daughter, because the Jesuits were anti-right-wing death squads (trained in the US at Academy of the Americas in Georgia) and the oppressive Salvadoran aristocrats. Ponce and his henchmen were accused of crimes against humanity, murder, and terrorism. No indictment yet. Meanwhile thousands of Salvadorans still flee terrible conditions in their country and have flocked to the US to be gardeners, nannies, etc., etc. Talk about this legacy from the Reagan and Bush I years, and its connections with IRan-Contra drugs and gun running. Not as fun as singing and dancing, but a real story of religion telling truth to power. Tell how John Paul II and Cardinal Ratzinger current Pope Benedict) tried to silence these truly holy men.

  • http://profiles.google.com/chasvigneron Charles Vigneron

    I worked for a family consortium of Utahan County weekly newspapers/print shops throughout rural Utah in the mid-70s.

    “Oh, God,” the film had been released and the bishops of local stakes spoke to each newspaper editor about blasphemy. I think that “Oh, ***” is what the theater display ads read.

    Several years later I’d thought back, from the distance of the Pacific NW, and thought i understood the neighborhood “ayatollah,” mentality, then sweeping Iran.

    One pair of my g grandparents died with the Andrew Hunter Scott Pioneer Company, 1866, pushing a cart. I just learned that last year.I love my Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints (LDS) cousins. They, like my: Quaker, Baptist, Palatinate Puritan and Virginian ancestral families are all seekers.

    Sometimes they don’t have a sense of humor.

    love,
    Walla Walla

  • Anonymous

    I’d just like to point out that atheists don’t travel around the world in groups of two bothering people.

    • Kermitboy

      No, Athiests just bother people using the courts.

      • Jim in Omaha

        I think you’re getting atheists confused with collection agencies. And by the way, atheists do a lot of good in this world too. Or do you think only formally religious, gold-tablet-guided (now THAT’S funny) folks are moral?

      • Joshua Hendrickson

        Atheists (not “athiests”) don’t bother those who aren’t pushing their primitive superstitions on the rest of us … excepting of course those who are bothered by the mere existence of freethinkers.

  • Anonymous

    Atheism is not a religion and does not require faith. We don’t have a “crazy story.”

    • RAK

      How can you say that? You put great faith in a strike of lightning or some strange event that created life…a single cell that has DNA with more parts than a fleet of 747s.

  • bookish

    Personally, I’m an ex-Mormon with many friends and family members who are still active Mormons. I’ve had a good laugh seeing all the people posting on facebook about why they won’t be seeing this play because it is offensive and mocks their religion. I laugh because the real reason they won’t be seeing it is because it won’t be playing in Utah anytime soon! Seriously though, a hard line Mormon most likely wouldn’t see this show because of the vulgar language. And of course they don’t want to see their religion mocked (even if that’s not really what the play does).

  • Gemli

    I’m sure the show is funny, and somehow manages to strike the perfect tone so that it can be appreciated by all while not offending the devout. So let me have a crack at it. I wonder if there is any belief so absurd that one could not attract a crowd of devoted followers. The show seems to want to puncture the holy myths while at the same time finding the good that irrational belief can engender in people. I think irrational belief is a bad thing, as it implies that people can believe absurd, hurtful, or dangerous things that have no basis in reality.Religious people seem to think that the benign or positive force that religion can sometimes be is a direct result of deep, unshakable belief in abject nonsense. I don’t think the two things are connected, other than possibly that those who are self-sacrificing and who embrace humanity are also open to embracing an inspiring mythology that provides a place in a hierarchy for those who would help their fellow man.Old, established religions are such a part of our cultural upbringing that it would be difficult to avoid some degree of indoctrination. Early and persistent exposure buries religion almost as deeply as language, or other foundations of our cultural identity, and is almost as hard to shake. But Mormonism is a very recent creation, invented out of whole cloth, and on a par in that sense with Scientology, even down to the interplanetary tropes. Also, dogmas which make it holy for middle-aged men to have lots of young “wives” makes me wonder if any appetite is not so base that it cannot be elevated to the level of a sacrament. Of course, demeaning women seems to be a feature of most religions, based as they are on an abstraction of the Alpha Male, with the deity being the head honcho. Earthly Alpha Males get to have a harem or a pride, and that requirement was not neglected in the foundations of Mormonism. Most illegal or indefensible aspects of religions get pruned away over time, though, leaving only the pointless rituals as an empty shell from which the real kernel has been extracted.In the South Park episode about Mormonism, Parker and Stone are pretty clear about how they feel about the underlying mythology: “dumb-dumb-dumb” goes the refrain to the musical accompaniment. But they made a savvy and financially rewarding decision not to denigrate the believers, only the beliefs. I have a harder time separating the two, but then my livelihood doesn’t depend on doing so. I suppose if being human means having the ability to believe in nonsense, it’s probably futile to think the way I do and wish it were not so.

  • Galob

    I spent a good part of my life as a Mormon–until I got tired of the absolute hypocrisy of this ridiculous religion.

    The PR Machine. If Mormonism inspires me, it is to see their PR (PUBLIC RELATIONS) machine at work. They are a big CORPORATE giant rolling in money and they co-opt everything to make it about them. Glad to see it working overboard–and Tom Ashbrook got sucked into it. Not one voice on the show was there to talk about the mythic, cult-like part of the Mormon story. Even the writers, Stone and Parker, sound like outsiders who have been awash in the “mythos” of Mormons and have decided to make them bigger than life. Cult-like Mythology. I love how the Mormons who called in or were guests were totally lost in their own little view of it–the inspiring, celebratory, wonderful stuff, but fail to see that this is a absurd religion with a warped mythology that takes far more than a leap of faith. As a Mormon, you can’t just live on the “leap of faith”; you have to believe literally in gold plates and translations of them with your head in a hat–or the whole thing falls apart. You have to believe that their were several witnesses to GOD–to GOD–who recanted and left the church. How does that happen? You have a life-changing, world-changing experience, then say, “never mind.” Politically and Socially Backwards People. Here’s the problem: when will they see that this is a religion of remarkably judgmental, conservative values. Mormons, like other religious people, run the gamut and I know liberal Mormons, but the major percentage of them are ultra conservatives who never pose a question about the backwardness of their religion.

    This is a religion that DISCRIMINATED–outwardly and openly–against black people until the LATE 1970s. They still discriminate against women, and openly DISCRIMINATE against gays. They oppose civil rights (except for religion), are warmongers, are dominated by people who filter outside ideas and keep their kids insulated from non-Mormons and, especially, Non-Mormon ideas. The Mormon Church runs a theocracy in Utah and has little respect and care about the non-Mormon community.

    Getting Played by the Machine. Stone and Parker don’t really get how they are getting played. I think they intended to write a tough satire, then ensure that they honored the characters, but since the production, the Mormon machine has taken over. Now, they spend half their time kissing up to, praising, and celebrating Mormons. Perhaps they don’t really care about the satire, just the jokes. There is a very big difference.

    • Cricket

      I agree. I was raised Mormon and all my family is still very True-Blue
      Mormon. I’m uneasy when the LDS church gets passed off as weird and
      absurd but harmless. It’s not a harmless religion. It’s not an uplifting
      hour each week – it’s a 24/7, dogmatic religion that demands all your
      time and talent. If you don’t think it’s a cult, try and leave it.

      • Katebrierley

        All you have to do is ask to be taken off the records, the only other reason you can’t “leave it” is because your family probably get on to you about it. The Church will never force you to stay. What you are saying is not true, if anything, it is too easy to leave this Church as people are so busy living their lives, they just have to let others get on with it. The Church is not for everyone, which is why there are many kingdoms in the next life, there is something for everyone and you will be with the people you are most comfortable with. That thought alone must make you happy, it makes me happy that I can be with the people I want to be with. So just get on with it, be happy that you were taught the things you know, accept its not for you, then find out the kind of life you really want to live. Look around at your friends and companions, these are probably the people you will spend eternity with. Simple really!!

        • Cricket

          My entire family is LDS – the LDS will never leave me alone whether I
          officially resign or not. I know several people who have resigned –
          asked their names to be removed from the records and the
          “fellowshipping” still continues. I’m sure a lot of it depends on what
          part of the country that you live in but it’s not as easy (or even possible) as you make it sound.

          It’s great that the LDS church works for you but don’t even pretend that the LDS church leaves inactive or former members
          alone. Reactivation (for those “lost sheep”) is a very popular topic from the pulpit in ward houses, general conference, firesides,
          church magazines….

    • Fuerte

      @5f67057dd3391f5d9ded1bb647690629:disqus … You make some interesting points but apparently your memory fails you since you left the Mormons. I’m told that the witnesses you referred to never claimed to have seen GOD and never once recanted….

    • Katebrierley

      You were incorrect when you said that the witnesses RECANTED and fell away. Three fell away and two came back, but all three right up to their death beds said that they had seen what they had seen. They had seen angels and the gold plates and even Peter Whitmer who never came back to Church, witnessed to those truths right up to his dying day, and corrected people who thought he had RECANTED, because he NEVER DID. I know that when people are in a scam/fraud and become embittered, they will blow the whistle on each other. These three fell out with the Church (and with Joseph as well) but never once denied what they had seen. When I was investigating the Church, this clinched it more for me than anything else in a logical way, because I know human nature pretty well, especially criminals and scam merchants. Yes, the Church and the people are not perfect, far from it, but that has always been the case, which is way the Lord punishes his Church/people time after time, usually through persecution by others when they are not fully obeying the commandments. The Church leaders are always asking people to put their families first and Church service second. Sometimes people become fanatical and neglect their spouses etc., but that is not what is requested and is actually frowned upon. Not true that the Church discriminated, you need to recognise the truth about that. BUT that, as they say, is another discussion. Kate

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

      Not only does the LDS church discriminate against gays…the church goes out of its way to support anti-gay measures across the nation. LDS was a big time funder of the Prop 8 initiative in California. If LDS has so much money to meddle in the affairs of others, let them pay tax on church property and assets…just like everyone else.

  • Austin

    If anyone would like to know about Mormonism, or what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is really about check out LDS.org, or Mormon.org, talk to a practicing member of the church, or visit a church near you.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

      And then run like heck for the door.

  • Henry D.V.

    I agree with Galob here. As with many, many others – not sure how many thousands there are – I got out of this cult before I nearly lost my mind. I had kids who were questioned by the “bishopric” in private. Little did I know they were being asked all sorts of sexually inappropriate questions on a regular basis. If I had known that I think I would have called the police on them. The church manages to have things their way at all times, manage to weasel out of every single situation in which they are in a bind. When two of their faithful were murdered back in ’85 by someone selling forged Joseph Smith letters to the church, instead of seeking justice for those two who were letter-bombed by Mark Hoffman, they simply went to the law and cut a deal. NO they didn’t want any bad publicity….faithful church members be damned. For every bit of crap they produce there is a weaselly excuse. They claim to be the “true” church; scratch just a bit below the surface and truth is the last thing you’ll find. Their screwing up of our innocent young children was the last straw for my wife too. She’ll have nothing to do with them either. Everyone is always all over all the “good” the church does. Whatever good they might do is way overshadowed by all their meddling in people’s lives & all the lives they’ve screwed up. You can give your life to this church, but in the end, as others have commented & as the families of those killed by the pipe bomber learned, in the end it’s ALL about the church and their corporate needs. Corporations cannot be killed after all, they cannot be jailed, they cannot be held responsible. The Mormon Church follows that law to the letter….

  • mypeace

    Blaming “religion” for one’s psychological issues is a rookie mistake…in my experience, your relationship with your parents (mom especially) is what really causes the harm to someone psychologically. If there is chronic frustration, neglect, anger, rage, etc… in your intimate relationships (like with your mom) as a kid…then this causes issues. I would suggest being open and honest with the people who you feel have wronged you, not in a mean way, but just a truth-seeking open honest way.

    • Stoone1969

      UR FOS

  • Zeno

    I’m planning a BBQ for May 22nd. Mephistopheles will be manning the grill and I will be handing out the beer. It will be an event commemorating that no Christian was worthy of being Raptured, and that those not worthy of the Holy Hoovering will be setting a new Rapture date for the future to prove their worth, rather than admit themselves fools, or equal to the rest of humanity here on Earth.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40885541/ns/us_news-life/t/end-days-may-believers-enter-final-stretch/

    http://www.may-212011.com/

    • Alternate Theory

      May 22nd is my birthday, can I come to the Bar-B-Que? LOL

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  • Zeno

    I guess its like taking scalps. The one with the most souls hanging from their belt wins.

    “The Mormon Church has long
    performed posthumous baptisms, where a living person is baptized on
    behalf of one who is dead. In the baptism ceremony, the Mormon
    priest says a few words, including the name of the living proxy and
    the name of the deceased, and the proxy is immersed briefly in
    water. While the Church has a policy of only performing temple
    ordinances for relatives of Church members, deceased who were in no
    way related to Church members have been baptized without their
    families’ consent. Some members of
    other religions view such posthumous baptisms of their brethren as
    an insult, with Jews feeling the most aggrieved, as usual. The
    Church instructs its members to avoid baptizing Jews who are not
    directly related to living Mormons, but unaffiliated Jewish names continue to
    appear on Church baptismal lists. …”

    http://uncle-semite.com/gentilemutilation/

  • Wmhshopping

    I will love this show no matter where it goes. I’ve been waiting for this for 30 years…

  • Marge Simpson

    Shouldn’t the title of this program be “morons on broadway?”

  • Anonymous
  • John cunningham

    Just like there was no one 2000 years ago with the name Jesus or any of the bible names there was no one named Mormon it makes them two times wrong. there was no alhpabet 2000 years ago with the symbols to produce the sounds for late english names. we do not translate names the sounds would stay the same. All religions are cults. we do not need any of them. 

  • Rob Lauer

    I’m very excited about this show! Love everything I’ve heard about it and can’t wait tp see it. I joined the LDS Church at 18, went to an graduated from BYU, left the LDS Church for ten years, returned in 1994, served as the Associate Director of the Church’s famous “Hill  Cumorah Pageant” in upstate New York from 1996 until 2003 when I left the LDS Church. Now I am a Reform Mormon (www.reformmormonism.org). While this musical deals with LDS Cburch and culture,people need to realize that Mormonism is much more than the LDS Church. Mormnism is dozens of churches, sects and cults–many bearing nosimilarityto the others. It’s Donny and Marie Osmond, “Big Love” and “Sister Wives,” The Community of Christ (the left-of-center, liberal Missouri-based denomination that the Supreme Court and US law recognizes as the actual church founded by Joseph Smth in 1930), the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the New Age writings of 1950′s Mormon mystic Anna Lee Skarin. Just as Christianity is much more than the Catholic Church, so Mormonism is much more than the LDS Church. Concult the writings of Harold Bloom if you doubt it.

  • Anonymous

    Since I’m heading to NYC soon I checked out their prices:
    Broadway is STRICTLY FOR THE RICH.

    Tickets starting at OVER  450 DOLLARS. EACH.

    Forget America, book a flight to Europe and enjoy culture at government subsidized theaters and opera houses in cultures that value creative expression and make it accessible at the same time.

    I worked at a municipal theater in the south of Germany. Population 70.000. Almost 1000 (one thousand) performances on five stages per year. Youth subscriptions (10 performances incl one musical) starting at $20.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

      Going to Europe is for the rich….  What do you think the cost of air fare, hotels, etc. would be..all to save a couple of hundred on a Broadway ticket? Seems kind of crazy.

  • Wsirarts

    ….Nothing wrong with missionaries helping out with less…it is  the doctrine removing folks away from their culture is were I separate…Colonization through religion…There is an saying…”Africans had the land (and wealth) and Europeans had the Bible…Now the Europeans have the land and Africans have the Bible”…

  • Wsirarts

    …Dark skin is cursed and your are still in that faith……..wow….

  • Pxpxpxp

    I am a Mormon and I am proud of it. I feel away from the church when I was younger and came back. When I was away from the church I was not happy, I was messing up my life right and left. YOu may not all believe that this is the True Church and that is fine, we all have our own free Agency, but not all Mormons are the same. Granted there are those that will Judge others that do not represent the Church how it should be and those that have been criminals, but that doesn’t stop me from believing what I believe to be true. We are all not perfect we all have own skeletons in our closet some bigger then others.  I love religion because it makes me happy, I am not that type of person that will nit pick what one says or find fault in everything one says about my  religion.  I know in my heart this is the True Church, it is not My Church or any one elses, it is Jesus Christ Church. I know some of you will comment on this and tell me other wise and that is okay because that is your option. We live in a world that is full of options different religions and choices, it is up to you and you alone to make your own choices and live with your choice and not blame others. No one forced me to be a Mormon, no one forced me to be baptized, I chose this for myself and I have let my children choose for themselves as well. 

    I am so grateful that I have a mom that is LDS a Dad that is of no domination, I was not forced to pick sides, I was not told that I needed to get Baptized or so forth, I choose for myself. I was taught to love everyone to be nice to those around me and to not Judge. I have never forced one to come to my religion. I have so many Non- Lds Friends and family and that is okay, I love them the same. 

    Life is about making your own choices, we all have our free agency, so instead of wasting our time bashing on one religion to another just live how you feel like you want to live, it is your choice. 

    I get tired of people telling off/bashing on the catholic church, the baptist, the atheist, and so forth it is time we all just lived with our choices and not blamed one to another or judge those that have made mistakes since you and I have made mistakes ourselves. 

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True stories of daring women during the Civil War. Best-selling author Karen Abbott shares their exploits in a new book: “Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy.”

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Sep 1, 2014
Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (95) recovers a fumble by Carolina Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson (3) in the second quarter of the NFL preseason football game on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP)

One outspoken fan’s reluctant manifesto against football, and the big push to reform the game.

 
Sep 1, 2014
This Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 photo shows a mural in in the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago dedicated to the history of the Pullman railcar company and the significance for its place in revolutionizing the railroad industry and its contributions to the African-American labor movement. (AP)

On Labor Day, we’ll check in on the American labor force, with labor activist Van Jones, and more.

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Our Week In The Web: August 29, 2014
Friday, Aug 29, 2014

On hypothetical questions, Beyoncé and the unending flow of social media.

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Drew Bledsoe Is Scoring Touchdowns (In The Vineyards)
Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Football great — and vineyard owner — Drew Bledsoe talks wine, onions and the weird way they intersect sometimes in Walla Walla, Washington.

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Poutine Whoppers? Why Burger King Is Bailing Out For Canada
Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

Why is Burger King buying a Canadian coffee and doughnut chain? (We’ll give you a hint: tax rates).

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