The following is a guest post by Molly M.
As a Mormon I realize that I may be overly sensitive on this issue but I find it hypocritical for Hillary Clinton to apologize to Muslims for a YouTube video when she attended the Broadway show Book of Mormon the Musical last year. The show vulgarly mocks Mormons. And it isn’t just the Book of Mormon the Musical that has mocked the Mormon religion. There have been countless offensive jokes on TV shows and especially the show Big Love which was horribly offensive to Mormons, not to mention inaccurate. I haven’t heard Hillary Clinton denounce any these shows or any other shows that have mocked other religions.
There was an article in the Wall Street Journal by Bret Stephens this week addressing this kind of double standard:
Why is it OK to mock one religion but not another?
So let’s get this straight: In the consensus view of modern American liberalism, it is hilarious to mock Mormons and Mormonism but outrageous to mock Muslims and Islam. Why? Maybe it’s because nobody has ever been harmed, much less killed, making fun of Mormons.
Here’s what else we learned this week about the emerging liberal consensus: That it’s okay to denounce a movie you haven’t seen, which is like trashing a book you haven’t read. That it’s okay to give perp-walk treatment to the alleged—and no doubt terrified—maker of the film on legally flimsy and politically motivated grounds of parole violation. That it’s okay for the federal government publicly to call on Google to pull the video clip from YouTube in an attempt to mollify rampaging Islamists. That it’s okay to concede the fundamentalist premise that religious belief ought to be entitled to the highest possible degree of social deference—except when Mormons and sundry Christian rubes are concerned.
And, finally, this: That the most “progressive” administration in recent U.S. history will make no principled defense of free speech to a Muslim world that could stand hearing such a defense. After the debut of “The Book of Mormon” musical, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints responded with this statement: “The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people’s lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ.”
That was it. The People’s Front for the Liberation of Provo will not be gunning for a theater near you. Is it asking too much of religious and political leaders in Muslim communities to adopt a similar attitude?