In the words of the great Jet Set it’s kind of like watching the Pandas.
Great story. Compelling and rich. Mormons.
Sorry about the ghetto clip. It’s the best I could find on YouTube but Mr. Fontana says it best.
If you haven’t guessed yet, I’m referencing the Emily Matchar’s Salon.com article entitled “Why I can’t stop reading Mormon housewife blogs”.
At first blush, the article is complimentary, positive, patronizing. Actually kinder than most things written or said about Mormons online (or most places for that matter). But Erin (who is not Mormon) raised the excellent point that if you changed out the word Mormon for African American, Jews, Muslims, Hispanics . . . really take your pick . . . there would be a whole hell of a lot more fire. And yes America, I said hell. And I make frequent use of plenty of other words that only have four letters and yes . . . I’m a Mormon. Sure, that kind of language might cost me a retweet from church headquarters.
At a glance, here are some of the entertaining encounters I’ve had with “the world outside my polygamist compound”. (and yeah, that’s a joke in case you were wondering).
On a plane:
“You’re from Salt Lake? Mormon? Do you have horns?”
On another plane:
“You’re not a real Christian. And you are going to hell.”
In a hotel business center:
A woman from a large Internet/Media company (who shall not be named):
“Look at Mitt Romney. I hate him. Could you imaging if we had a Mormon for a president? Those people are so crazy.”
“Yeah, they’re everywhere you know.”
“It’s some kind of conspiracy!”
“You want to know the scariest thing? I am one.”
(I was super proud of myself on that one)
It goes on . . .
and you get to know me and my Mormon peeps more:
A favorite story from a friend on a plane (all the good ones seem to happen on planes):
“Does your wife where a bonnet?”
“Yes, but she wears a red one when it’s time to get crazy”.
And there are far worse things that I’ve heard to my face, from behind, and especially in the media. Just go click on the comments of the Salon.com article for a peek. And that’s even pretty mild. Did you know you could legally kill a Mormon in Missouri until 1976? God Bless America!
The truth about Mormons? They’ve got a unique set of beliefs that do not line up with what you see on Big Love and they are all shades of normal and crazy. Just like you. Whether you think we are right or wrong you best stop being so ignorant. We’re neither perfect nor living in a massive polygamous compound. And for whatever reason we seem to be all over social media. Because we are social people. So if it makes you uncomfortable that some of the big blogs are Mormon (and ex) and “that them Mormons” are hosting social media conferences and events, and that they are all over Twitter and sigh . . . in government and business too – you best shut your computer off now and board up the windows.
Mormons people . . . and we’re everywhere. (this is the part where you gasp and look over your shoulder)