In an illustration of just how silly things can get in the competition between religions, the worlds of Mormons and Evangelicals collided last weekend at the Miracle Pageant outside the LDS temple in Manti, Utah. I’ve never been to one of these events, but I understand it’s kind of a cheesy, glitzy musical production having something to do with Mormonism.
Anyhow, whenever there is a Mormon gathering of more than, say, 100 people, there is sure to be a contingent of Evangelicals protesting loudly that Mormonism is leading its followers down the slip-n-slide to hell. Sometimes they wave temple garments or drag LDS scriptures on the ground (both tasteless and reprehensible acts, I need not say), but usually they are just loud and obnoxious, and they try to egg on the Mormon onlookers (usually someone takes the bait).
This year, however, they did something that I have to say was quite clever. They had 34 women dress in period costumes, each wearing a label identifying them as one of Joseph Smith’s wives (with the age and, I think, the marital status). They didn’t cause a fuss; they apparently just stood there in front of a lot of confused Mormons.
Standing outside for hours on end, they at some point needed to use the rest room facilities. An indignant protester tells us,
Okay, so here’s the latest I know. One night, Friday, the Mormons with police and security said that Christians couldn’t use the bathrooms. Now, from what I understand the bathrooms were on private property. But, they were open to the public. So, everyone was using them. No big deal.
What apparently started the problem were the 34 women dressed sequentially, 1, 2, 3, 4…., as Joseph Smith’s MANY wives. They had signs around their necks saying which of the wives they were portraying. They were standing in a line, polite, smiling, talking, doing NOTHING other than that.
We “heard” that THAT is what upset the mormons. Why? I don’t know. Anyway, they forbade those women from using the bathrooms, which were about 100 feet away. They also forbade other Christians from the bathrooms as well. Apparently, they had ID’d who the “anti’s” were and were segregating which people could use the bathrooms.
Now… was it the Mormon’s right to say who could and couldn’t use the restrooms which were just off of a public street? I don’t know. But, let’s say they did. So………. how galant of them. How loving it was to do that.
So, the next night, I drank only a little water, “held my own” and endured about 3.5 hours of heat, talking, and complete misrepresentation by the Mormons of what Christianity was. But, I have to say that I didn’t see any security blocking the entrance to the bathrooms last night (Saturday).
Would I have given ANY Mormon some water? yep! Would I have let ANY Mormon use “my” bathroom if the situation were different? You betcha! Would I have blessed those who were “persecuting” me? Absolutely!
I’m sorry, but this is hysterically funny. On the one hand, you have people out there protesting and insulting Mormons, and then waxing righteously indignant that the people they insulted won’t let them use the bathrooms.
And on the other hand, it is sort of petty to deny someone the use of a bathroom.
So, if I have to choose between two competing displays of pettiness, I’d say the Mormons are more in the right (but only slightly).
Of course, it goes without saying that I’m being really petty in mocking both sides.