From The Special Needs Group:
I’m on record as a critic of the Mormon Church. I’ve been critical of it on this very blog, in fact.
That doesn’t mean I’m anti-Mormon. Really, I’m really not. A lot of my friends are Mormon--I actually live in an area where you couldn’t hate Mormonism and still function as a member of the community. It goes without saying that most members of the LDS church are among the friendliest, most caring, decent people you can find.
I only really ever call the Church out when it does or says something that hurts innocent people. The institutional Church support of California’s 2008 Proposition 8 (and one of the groups most responsible for getting that measure passed); allowing, and in some cases, encouraging Mormon families to cut ties with apostate family members, including their teenage dependents; whitewashing the Church’s history; posthumously baptizing Holocaust victims even after they promised their families that it would stop; their past teaching that black people were the feted sons of Cain; their beliefs about women, who--OK this is long past the point of turning into a rant, which I was trying to avoid.
The Prop. 8 fiasco reminded Church leaders why they usually try to avoid the spotlight. Protesters filled Temple Square, news reports detailed their involvement in bankrolling the efforts to get the bill passed, nation-wide scrutiny, these are all things that the LDS Church likes to avoid. The Catholic Church is used to this kind of treatment--they probably considered the criticism they received a welcome respite from what they normally have to deal with. *cough* child rape *cough*
So why the hell did BYU-Idaho spend money making this weird, unhealthy, offensive piece of shit:
Like, a lot of money. Seriously, the costumes, the weapons, the relatively high production values, what sounds like an original orchestral score. This thing took serious time, money, and effort.
It hasn't happened yet, but I'm pretty sure this is going to be a huge, embarrassing shitstorm for the University, and the Church as a whole. How could it not? They're saying that jerking off is exactly like fighting in World War II.
Film Credit: BYU Idaho Housing and Student Living Office (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Voice-over Credit: BYU Idaho President Kim B. Clark (e-mail email@example.com).