Mormons are too risque for Mormonism

Didn’t anyone else see that Deseret Book has removed the Twilight series from their shelves? Who knew that a non-vampire teenage female NOT having pre-marital sex with a teenage male vampire was so risque that it was offensive to Mormon sensibilities, especially considering it was written expressly to be acceptable fiction for Mormons?

And on a completely different front, the G.O.P may finally be coming to their senses on same-sex marriage. I wonder how long it will take the Mormon church to get on board with this position… Maybe they won’t. What will Mormons do then?


I'm a college professor and, well, a professional X-Mormon. Thus, ProfXM. I love my Mormon family, but have issues with LDS Inc. And I'm not afraid to tell LDS Inc. what I really think... anonymously, of course!

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5 Responses

  1. Craig says:

    If Mormons don’t eventually get on board, they’ll irrelevant themselves out of existence.

    But I have a feeling that in 20 years the church president will suddenly and miraculously get a “revelation” saying that God now approves, and the past teachings against it were just men speaking, and not god – à la blacks and the priesthood.

  2. chanson says:

    I guess it’s unfortunate that Deseret Book has such narrow and exclusionary policies on what they’ll stock, but that’s their niche, isn’t it? As far as Twilight is concerned, even if it’s technically “clean” (free of sex), there are a whole lot of aspects of the romance that are objectionable (and downright creepy) about the romance, no matter where you fall on the politico-religious spectrum. If they’re going to be absurdly restrictive, this one is at least as worthy of getting excluded as plenty of other stuff they won’t stock.

    That GOP article has some amusing quotes in it:

    Republicans should re-examine the extent to which we are being defined by positions on issues that I don’t believe are among our core values

    “being defined”? Passive voice? It’s like “being defined” by their opposition to gay marriage is something someone else did to them! lol, ever heard of accountability?

    the result of coming of age in an era when openly gay people have become increasingly common in popular entertainment and in public life, not to mention in their own families or social circles. Familiarity in this case breeds relative comfort, or perhaps just lack of interest.

    Or perhaps familiarity decreases prejudice and bigotry? It’s kind of interesting to see lack of hate dismissed as apathy. Perhaps technically it is…

  3. profxm says:

    Good point about accountability. They used same-sex marriage to get Republicans elected and now that it may not work for them anymore they want to blame their association with that position on someone else. Typical politics, no?

  4. Nom de Cypher says:

    I have to admit that I am occasionally amused by the reactionary response that mormons take to rather benign threats. I’m reminded of how they spent 10 years trying to downplay the use of the ‘Mormon’ moniker, and then registered as a missionary website. Oh, and the conniption they had when the media characterized the FLDS as mormons.

    And speaking of humor, I like this blog entry about the Twilight controversy.

  5. Wayne says:

    My wife’s take ( a never Mo) on Twilight was the it is filled with pent up Mormon lust. In my humble opinion much more tantalizing than a book filled with sex.

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