Get ready, kids, ’cause the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is making their way over to our super “secular” city to promote some multi-culti religious fun. According to the LDS Newsroom, the organization began it’s “I’m a Mormon” campaign here in the city just last week. Looks like it’s gonna be a killer summer!
From the LDS Newsroom:
Billboards in Times Square, signs on taxi tops and ads in subways [will] feature a few of the 14 million members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with the statement “I’m a Mormon.” The ads refer people to the mormon.org website, where they can read the profiles of more than 30,000 Mormons, chat live with representatives who will answer questions about the faith, and watch dozens of videos giving a glimpse into the lives of Latter-day Saints from all over the world….
The effort seeks to break through the stereotypes of what people think they know about Mormons and demonstrates that the Church consists of diverse people from all walks of life who seek to follow Jesus Christ. That message seems to resonate with those seeking to better understand Mormons.
Here’s a bit about NYC proper:
The diversity of Mormons is reflected in New York City, where Church membership has grown rapidly in the last decade. Since 2000, membership has increased by 75% to 78,000 members in New York state. The common thread that ties the diverse membership together is their desire to follow Jesus Christ.
Plus, there’s a video:
Personally, I don’t know what’s more fun: watching religions attempt to convince people that their adherents look just like you and I, or realizing that people actually think religious people don’t look like you and I.
On the one side you’ve got that sorta kinda questionable push by religions to recast their faith in a fancy new light. The old cast a line with a few tattoos, doctors, special needs kids, and brown people hooked to the end and see whatcha catch move.
But, than on the other side you’ve got all those people who think that people who follow a particular religion must forever look like Big Love’s Roman Grant gone wild in a Sears clothing store.
Frankly, I wish all the religions would throw out all that integration “we’re like you” clothing and break out those robes and amulets shoved in a box up in the attic. Who wants to join a religion that doesn’t include a cool haircut and a fancy hat?
See? This tricky Sufi knows the score….
It is my belief that we need more of what this dude’s got going on.