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Letter: Broadway musical mocks religion

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
    | Opinion
  • Updated: September 11, 2018
  • Published September 11, 2018

If a Broadway musical came out called "The Qur'an," in which Muslims and their beliefs were mocked with vulgar theatrics, there would be demonstrations and riots. If another production came out called "The Torah," in which Jews were caricatured and ridiculed, there would be mass protests. Why then, is it acceptable for a Broadway musical called "The Book of Mormon" to belittle and ridicule the members, beliefs and practices of a Christian sect?

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I love the real Book of Mormon. It is sacred scripture to me, along with the Bible. And there are about 17 million other church members around the world who also believe in the book. I don't know what the Broadway version is, but I do know that it is not a respectful account of my beliefs. It is described to be explicit, filthy, crass and offensive. I will not be going to see the show, just as I would not go see a show that disrespects the Qur'an, the Torah or the religious beliefs of Muslims, Jews or any other faith.

If someone wants to better understand the Book of Mormon, they should not attend the show with the hope of learning any truth there. It would be much better to read the real book or speak with Mormon missionaries or go to the website.
— Yael Hickok

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