Did anyone watch Law & Order last night on NBC? If you didn’t, you missed an interesting parody based on the events that transpired in Texas with the FLDS Church. Instead of the FLDS Church it was The Church of the Path. Today’s guest post is by The Captain.
I was completely taken aback during this episode when a boy that was a suspect in a murder tried to run out of the interrogation room. The police detectives grabbed him, ripping his shirt. Under that shirt were temple garments. Only the top was shown, including sacred markings. Wow. This scene grabbed my full attention.
In the scene after this, the detectives discussed the Mormon Church. It seemed as if this scene was the shows “disclaimer” that the Mormon Church was not being portrayed. It included statements such as (paraphrasing) “Mormons allowed blacks into the Church 30 years ago” when a detective used the Church as a possible reason the suspect didn’t feel comfortable with the black detectives. And the repeated phrase explaining the difference between the Mormon Church and a fundamentalist Mormon Church.
The rest of the show highlighted polygamy, and put it in the worst light possible. But an interesting scene was when detectives captured the Prophet of The Church of the Path on his “pilgrimage” from Salt Lake City to Palmyra. During the capture scene the Prophet gives a brief history on Joseph Smith.
There was not anything that bothered me about this episode EXCEPT the temple garments. As liberal as I am, and as estranged from the Church I feel at times the irreverent showing of temple garments makes my blood boil. Is this an overreaction or was tonight’s episode mockery of the sacred?