• Could Mitt Romney Ride Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Coattails into White House?

    Mormon are hot these days! Look! They have a Tony-nominated Broadway musical of their very own! Not to mention that one Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated television series starring the girl from The Brown Bunny, and those two presidential-wannabe guys.

    And now, look! They — with a little help from Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Book of Mormon musical — are the cover story on Newsweek

    Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints might take issue with some of the wording in the article, like calling the temple ceremonies "secretive," or making casual reference to the LDS temple garment, which members consider sacred. Yet some Latter-day Saints may be pleased with the article's positive message reflected in its headline: "Mormons Rock!: They've conquered Broadway, talk radio, the U.S. Senate-and they may win the White House. Why Mitt Romney and 6 million Mormons have the secret to success." Indeed, the article – which offers a secular defense of Mormonism – reads at times like a sales pitch for the faith…

    The article posits that the LDS church's unique culture and theology create a proven formula for producing American "winners." Featuring interviews with various successful Mormons in business, academia and politics, Newsweek says there is a strong case for the church and that LDS politicians should start making it.

    "The thrust of the article," [Newsweek reporter McKay] Coppins said, "is that Mormonism's history of persecution, along with its doctrinal emphasis on education and eternal progression, results in a church full of highly motivated, successful people. When you look at it from a sociological standpoint, that's really one of the Church's greatest achievements."

    And if Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman can make everything they say half as catchy as this Broadway soundtrack, I'm feeling good about 2012!

    See also: Stream the Complete Book of Mormon Cast Recording Free! (Comedy Central Insider)

    Tags: Jon Huntsman, Matt Stone, Mormon, Music, Newsweek, Primaries, Religion, Republicans, South Park, Trey Parker


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