The morality of 'The Book of Mormon' [Letter]

Last weekend, my wife and I endured a performance of "The Book of Mormon" at the Hippodrome, and we take exception to The Sun's rosy review of the work it described as "unusually entertaining, wickedly funny," and "really a big, old-fashioned musical" ("'Book of Mormon' packs fresh irreverence into traditional musical formula," Feb. 25).

Robert Lopez, one of the play's creators, was quoted as saying that "the idea was to highlight how religions justify believing in a righteous God, while suffering like this exists and has always existed."

Mr. Lopez implies that religion is ultimately to blame for humanity's suffering but does not explain why suffering exists in other parts of the world where there is no religion.

Instead, the Book of Mormon makes a mockery of God, Jesus Christ, Christianity and Mormonism. Aside from an excessive use of vulgar language, it profanely depicted Christian practices, particularly that of baptism, by mixing it in with an act of fornication. Another scene showed an African warlord brutally murdering a fellow native in front of two feckless Mormon elders.

Contrary to being old-fashioned, the "Book of Mormon" explicitly demonstrates that, in this day and age, nothing is sacred. Are we in society really better off without any standards of decency?

Tom Burnham, Glenn Burnie

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