Big Love, causing big waves

moroni1Big Love, the HBO series about a polygamous Mormon family, will be showing reenactments of secret temple ceremonies, and it is pissing off some Mormons.

I, and probably most non-Mormons, don’t understand what exactly they are upset about. I understand that these ceremonies are not meant for the outside eye, but I don’t understand why. In and of themselves, the ceremonies can’t be any more ridiculous than a Jew with a box on his head or a crowd of Muslim parading around a chunk of meteorite, so what are they afraid of? It’s the secretiveness itself that is intriguing, not the ceremony.

The makers of the series admitted that they were very careful to treat the ceremony respectfully and went through a lot of effort to get all the details right, consulting with an ex-Mormon. Scientists only get upset when their activities aren’t accurately portrayed.

A poster on the Salt Lake Tribune’s Web site said:

There is nothing going on inside which would shock the world. All such a re-enactment will do is to hurt the feelings of those who sincerely believe any discussion of it outside of a temple demeans something sacred.

All in all, I don’t feel any sympathy for them. They lobbied to get civil rights taken away from gays, I don’t think they should mind if they lose a little privacy.

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2 Comments on “Big Love, causing big waves”

  1. Morgan Says:

    Well of course it pisses Mormons off. Number one, we do NOT allow polygamy in our church. Any who practice it are excommunicated. So there is your first false concept on the show. We believe that what happens in the temple is sacred. Something that shouldn’t be reconstructed. They are sacred ordinances. That is why only worthy members are allowed in. The show is obviously wrong there, because the characters on big love would not be allowed in the temple! And you said it there. Consulting with an EX-Mormon. Who is bound to display anything negatively with a twisted view. DUH we’re pissed.

    On the gay thing… It is ridiculous that you would point mormons out as the only ones who voted against it. Catholics and others made up the majority. We believe marriage between a man and a woman is ordained by God, but we are NOT predjudice against gay people. One of my best friends is gay.

  2. Victor Says:

    I said nothing of Mormons being the only ones that voted against gay marriage, I said that they lobbied against it: they did.

    And frankly, I don’t give a flying rip what you believe your god ordains, it gives no one the right to deny civil rights to others. Do what you want in your churches and your homes, I don’t care, but our nation’s civil laws do not need to coincide with your religious beliefs.

    I don’t watch the show, but I’m under the understanding that the family depicted on the show are members of the fundamentalist church of latter day saints, who do practice plural marriage.


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