The magazine OC Weekly has come under fire from Mormons for a cartoon on the cover of its election-day issue that shows Mitt Romney as the Angel Moroni, a sacred figure in their religion.
The magazine editors take a bracingly defiant attitude to calls for them to apologize for their cover because it offends Mormon sensibilities.
We’re not going to apologize, because while Moroni might be a sacred part of the LDS, Jesus is even sacred-er–and we’ve depicted him as everything from a pothead to a businessman to hanging out with aliens to worse, and far more gratuitously than the spot-on satire that is Romney as Moroni, with the beautiful pun of “Moron!” thrown in (by the way, don’t think I’m humblebragging here: this is all the genius of Coker). What’s good for the Nazarene is good for some angel, no?
Incidentally, is it just me of have others also noticed that protests over offenses to religious sensibilities seem to be getting more pro-forma and transient than they used to? Even the notoriously touchy Muslims seems to be getting resigned to the fact that their efforts to get the rest of the world to conform to their views of what is appropriate are futile. Even the furor over the recent film Innocence of Muslims, which was pretty much designed to offend Muslims to the greatest degree possible, died down pretty quickly. The full movie in still apparently available on YouTube.
This may be a hopeful sign that religious people are realizing that you cannot make others venerate what you venerate.