Date: September 26, 2021 12:44PM
I'll take Cancel Me for $1000.00 Alex.
I want to cancel my thread on this topic and I won't mention it again.
I brought this topic up on another thread. I thought it was interesting that Jeopardy clues about Mormonism come up quite regularly now. My main point was that while they may have a category about religion or the Bible now and again they’re not usually specific to one branch of Christianity but lately they do seem to single out Mormonism. Kind of like mainstreaming it. If you hear about Moroni often enough he may seem normal, or something like that. As I said, I don’t see clues about Lutheranism or Presbyterianism popping up at least once a month as seems to be happening with Mormonism lately. It is idle speculation just for a laugh that there is perhaps some Mormon influence now, maybe because Ken Jennings, a former champion on the show, is involved as a producer.
It's just another aspect of Mormonism to mention here at RfM that some people may find noteworthy, others not so much.
What somewhat irks me in general about aggressively proselytizing religions (i.e. JWs, Mormons) is the old bait and switch. If you have to use techniques and obfuscation to snag converts then you're not being honest and that bugs the hell out of me.
I realize that the Mormon thing is likely far tougher on BICs than on most converts. It causes various types of pain for different reasons. They call interested folks investigators – the trick is to actually investigate. If you listen to the very one who has an ulterior motive to influence you to buy what they’re selling you can find yourself in the Mormon font in a New York minute.
I was the blithering idiot who succumbed without enough thought and subsequently followed the missionaries all the way to the Mormon temple awaiting enlightenment as I sat through a bizarre show in which Satan seemed to be the star. He sure had the most lines. And repetitious with it. Not to mention boring beyond belief. I actually felt bad for feeling bored, like I wasn’t being respectful or spiritual enough.
The most exciting moment was when a missionary and I were told off by a busybody matron for being in a side room after the session. The seats are not for sitting apparently. Your tithes don’t buy you a moment of reflection. You have to keep moving through. That sums up Mormonism to a T. Maybe pausing for a minute will lead to thinking and we can’t have that.
Of course the Jeopardy-Mormonism thing is a first world problem. But this is a board for discussing Mormonism. We gripe about a lot of things both in life and here at RfM that don’t rise anywhere near the level of the horrors regularly occurring in OtherLand. But you kind of go with what you’ve got. Red lights are irritating when I'm in a hurry. The ball game gets rained out and I'm irked because I was sure looking forward to that hot dog. Parking is so expensive and there's not enough of it. The farmers market doesn’t have the variety of apples I favour. My best friend’s husband is dying. If I had to grub for food or cross a desert or hide from bombs I guess I wouldn’t care what the hell was on TV. That’s life.
When it was mentioned that Mormonism is an American religion and that could account for its primacy on Jeopardy as the faith branch most highlighted, that made sense to me. That’s likely a reason it shows up as a clue once a month or so now. Nothing scurrilous. Just an American religion. Problem solved.
I’m sorry I mentioned it. I won’t bother next time.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 09/26/2021 12:49PM by Nightingale.