Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hillary Clinton Is All For Mocking Religion

Except for Islam that is. Mormonism is an acceptable target.
Apparently, Secretary Clinton has flexible standards.  The Associated Press reported soon after The Book of Mormon's opening that "[t]he show has been greeted not by protests but rhapsodic reviews and standing ovations from crowds that have included celebrities as diverse as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, actor Jack Nicholson and composer Stephen Sondheim."  Indeed, the show has been the biggest hit on Broadway these past two seasons, winning nine Tony Awards along the way.

True, when the show premiered in 2011, the media were shocked.  NPR accurately called it "blasphemous."  The Washington Post called it "acidic."  The New York Times called it "more foul-mouthed than David Mamet on a blue streak."

But the media did not stop there -- not at all.  In context, NPR called The Book of Mormon "blasphemous, hilarious and oddly endearing."  The Post called the show "one of the most joyously acidic bundles Broadway has unwrapped in years."  And the Times called it, foul-mouthed or not, "a newborn, old-fashioned, pleasure-giving musical."

Although some likely found The Book of Mormon as "offensive and reprehensible and disgusting" as White House spokesman Jay Carney found Innocence of Muslims, the Obama administration chose not to denounce it.  Nor could I find any protest from Carney when his former employer, TIME Magazine, praised The Book of Mormon as "bright and enjoyable, and good enough to make even a grumpy critic's 10 Best list."


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