The Blazealerts us to an impending Bloomberg Businessweek magazine cover that is sure to arouse interest in some quarters. Depicting Jesus blessing two Mormons with the directive to own stock in Burger King, among other very worldly concerns, the attached story, entitled "Latter-day Lucre: How the Mormon Church Makes Its Billions," denies that Mormons uphold a distinction between the spiritual and temporal realm.
This, according to author Caroline Winter, renders "running a Polynesian theme park part of doing God's work." "Me thinks some controversy is en route," writes Politico's Dylan Byers, chiming in on the business rag's, er, artistic license.
Purdy stressed that the profit-generating enterprises undertaken by the church are a means to the end of carrying out its mission, and chided the author of the piece, Caroline Winter, for "omitting a good deal of information given on how church resources are used." But Winter believes that kind of knowledge of church activity is precisely what's in question: "What is remarkable is how little is known about its financial interests."
Update, July 16: The predicted controversy has arrived. LDS church spokesman Michael Purdy told reporters that the magazine cover is "in such poor taste it is difficult to even find the words to comment on it," and described the accompanying article as "narrow" and "incomplete."
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gee whiz, if they live on welfare they are scum,if your a successful business person your scum.hey i achieved nirvana, I'm a Politically correct dream.I'm successfully broke.people really need to tend to their own business,literally
As someone who is quick to oppose anti-Mormon bigotry, I don't think this qualifies as such. It's legitimate to scrutinize the finances of any huge tax-exempt hierarchy, whether it be the LDS, the Catholic Church, or Scientology. The cover art is intended to be provocative, but is directly reflective of the content of the article rather than promoting some false stereotype. I do, however, find it interesting that the magazine just happened to run this story 4 months before a Mormon candidate is on the ballot for President. That's unlikely to be an accident. But I don't think Mitt Romney (who I don't support) should have to answer for what the LDS Church does with its finances.
The Brigham Young Oahu campus is largely composed of gay Mormons escaping their families to come out of the closet. I grew up on Oahu and dated many of them! Something definitely moves within those boys when they go on mission. Not sure if the Mormons would consider it to be the Holy Ghost, however! LOL
The impression I got was that Mormons believe that "money" is not evil. Wealth is not evil. Personal responsibility here on Earth is a virtue. Call Mormonism a cult if you want, but they're onto some good ideas.
You know, I've studied just about every significant religion in the world, and what I've found is this: If you judge a religion by the circumstances of its founding, pretty much every religion seems kind of crazy. If you judge a religion by the way its adherents conduct themselves according to its teachings, then some of the less mainstream groups like the Quakers, Mormons, Christian Scientists, and Amish come out looking pretty good.
@ACTSmom actually it is loving money, and not G-D that is wicked. or loving money, more than or equal to your love of G-D, that is evil. since G-D commanded, that money exist. how can it be evil, unless you abuse it's intent and purpose?
Some truth in it. The cover points, with irony, that Jesus was diametrically opposed to money grubbing, and that his message has been distorted by many religious sects. Still, IMO it just fans the flames of bigotry followed by self-righteous indignation. In addition, I think it gives a boost to Romney, all the wild-eyed Christian wingers will feel, even more strongly, the need to rally behind him.
Absolutely! It is obviously the magazine's opinion of the mormon, eh whatever it is. They are entitled to their opinion. Obviously their opinion of what the mormon's magic word is to get into Heaven is "invest"!
First off, Mormonism is a cult. Second, I'm glad to see its only Mormon that are obsessed with money. That has to be a relief for everyone else including our Congress and President. They must all be focusing exclusively on altruistic endeavors that better their fellow man without personal gain. There's hope for our country after all. Now we just have to get rid of all those evil immoral mormons and the country should fix itself in no time boy, that was easy wonder why we didn't think of it before. BTW, feel free to substitute the word Jews where I typed Mormon above and Hitler and the Nazi party for President and Congress.
I didn't know Glenn Beck wrote opinions by proxy...Either that, or Nazi Tourette's is contagious.
1) Mormonism is a cult, yes. 2) Yes, this article is flawed in not properly framing their premise. Mormons are not the only people obsessed with money. Same goes for Jews, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, etc, etc. Anyone can be obsessed with money. 3) I'd take it a step further, get rid of all religions. But that's just my 'delusional' dream of dictatorship.
@CI, I doubt Glenn Beck would see Mormons as a cult, seeing as he is Mormon. Second, its called satire and sarcasm. No I don't see Obama rounding up all the moons and putting them in cattle cars. What I DO see is a propoganda machine making scapegoats of a particular class of people for political purposes. That's a page from another regime that loved propoganda.
Mitt Romney is having a hard time running against Obama. The healthcare ties now questionable churches, wonder what's next. In my opinion, the GOP picked the perfect person to once again lose to Obama.
Did you see the candidates of the GOP? The only decent one was Paul because he is a libertarian that would defend our rights, but he's only half good. The rest suck. I don't understand how those were the candidates to run for the Republican seat. This country has better people than that.
Actually, I thought the Jon Huntsman was decent and probably would have had the best chance of beating Obama. Unfortunately, Huntsman is highly educated and just could not hide that fact from the Toilet Potty.