Post by The Horned Grandmother on Mar 30, 2012 15:00:00 GMT -5
Don't get cute with me, muffin.
I spent a lot of fucking time -- a LOT of fucking time -- being persecuted for being a Mormon when I was younger. And like I said, that particular comment got trotted out more than just about anything else I heard. It is hateful, and worse it is fucking ignorant. That's not sarcasm, that is you talking like a fuckwit. Don't do it or you'll get a Baby Eating Ice Cream avatar.
Concerning religion in particular, the line between 'joking' and persecution is so thin as to be non-existent for our porpoises. That line does not exist for jokes about where you live, your political views or how you dress yourself.
Comparing taking swings at a person's religious orientation to taking swings at Canadians and their silly extra U's is absurd for the reason that one is completely generalized while the other is right down on an extremely personal level. The difference is that someone who doesn't spend all damn day on this board could come in and be like, 'Oh haha these clowns are making fun of Texans; I'm a Texan, I get that we probably look goofy to the rest of the world.'
By that same token, making fun of Mormons for being relentlessly cheerful or having funny haircuts or just for their general oddness is fine. Making fun of their -- or anyone's -- actual beliefs is not fine. Someone who doesn't spend all damn day on this board coming in and seeing 'jokes' that are aimed at specific values and beliefs could be extremely offensive.
I can't believe I have to explain this so fucking extensively.
I've always wondered something about Mormons. Why exactly are Mormon kids forced to ride their bikes around and go door to door? It makes me feel kinda bad that they have to spend their weekends doing that. And I see them EVERYWHERE around here.
Post by Dr. Garbanzoinski on Mar 30, 2012 15:06:58 GMT -5
Those are missionaries. My stepfather (his side of the family was and for the most part still is practicing LDS) would always make me answer the door when they came by and told me to lie to them and tell them he wasn't there. I refused to lie to "the God people" because I was scared to so we always got stuck with awkward prayer sessions with them.
Post by The Horned Grandmother on Mar 30, 2012 15:08:53 GMT -5
Those are Mormon missionaries. They aren't forced to do that, many of them choose to do so. Generally when a Mormon (male) turns nineteen, they submit paperwork and are 'called' to a region of the world to spend two years proselytizing six days a week for eight hours a day. During that time they can't date (or even be alone in the company of a member of the opposite sex), listen to music, watch movies or participate in any other 'worldly' activities.
Both of my brothers served missions; both in Mexico. To varying degrees, they both had great experiences. And as an added perk they are both fluent in Spanish.