Salt Lake Tribune humor/religious commentator Robert Kirby, recently made this statement at a interfaith discussion on the film God’s Army 2,
“(Latter Day Saints are) probably the only group in the world that want to present a stereotypical image, even though it’s a lie.”
If you think this statement has some validity, what would that stereotype be? What parts of it are positive and which are negative? If you think the statement is bunk, let me know why?
Personally I think the majority in the church want to be seen as a unified group that follow their faith, who are honest and kind, place great importance on family, etc and I think that’s a good thing. Maybe I’m a bit rebellious and am still exploring who I am as an individual, but I’m getting tired of the “good-looking, suburban, upper middle class, business-oriented” image that is portrayed often by the “PR” department, encouraged by much of the “culture” of the faith and is codified in some of its institutions. Whenever someone is perplexed when I tell them I’m Mormon, I tell them that not all Mormons look the same, dress the same, have the same interests, hold the same jobs, enjoy the same media, have the same politics…I identify more with Low, Jared Hess, Jeff Hein and Hugh Nibley than Stephen Covey, Steve Young, Donny Osmond and Cleon Skousen.