Businessweek’s Mormon caricature cover draws fire
The cover is a caricature of a painting that shows John the Baptist blessing Mormon leaders Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery.
July 13th, 2012
04:57 PM ET

Businessweek’s Mormon caricature cover draws fire

By Dan Merica, CNN

(CNN)-– Reaction to a recent Businessweek cover was swift and direct, with some bloggers and commentators going as far as to call the magazine exclusive “bigoted” and “out of bounds.”

The article – titled “How the Mormons Make Money,” by Caroline Winter – is an in-depth look into the business side of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with much attention given to the tax benefits the church enjoys and the extent of its holdings of property and stock in multinational corporations.

The magazine cover, the aspect of the article receiving the most criticism, is a caricature of a well-known Mormon painting that shows John the Baptist blessing two Mormon leaders, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery.

Next to John the Baptist is a thought bubble that reads, “… and thou shalt build a shopping mall, own stock in Burger King and open a Polynesian theme park in Hawaii that shall be largely exempt from the frustrations of tax.”

In response, Smith replies, “Hallelujah.”

Michael Purdy, spokesperson for the church, responded to the cover in a statement to CNN, “The Bloomberg Businessweek cover is in such poor taste it is difficult to even find the words to comment on it.”

Purdy’s disapproval extended beyond the cover. He said the article was “biased, inaccurate and speculative” in nature. “The article misses the mark and the cover is obviously meant to be offensive to many, including millions of Latter-day Saints,” Purdy wrote in an e-mail.

Multiple calls and e-mails by CNN to representatives at Bloomberg went unanswered.

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Others reserved their criticism for the magazine's cover. Mormon blogger Joanna Brooks  wrote that while the cover was certain to ruffle some Mormon feathers – it already has – the article was a “generally balanced and straightforward assessment of LDS Church finances and enterprises.”

Even still, Brooks wrote, the shock of the cover image will keep most readers, especially Mormons, from taking the article seriously.

“Today, I’ve been in contact with a few of the sources for the article, and they believe the mocking cover image will lead most Mormons to dismiss the entire article as an anti-Mormon hit piece,” wrote Brooks. “Trying to sell a few magazines, Businessweek destroyed an opportunity for a serious discussion.”

The vastness of the church’s holdings are quite remarkable, especially considering the relative age of the church and the size of its membership, the article says. According to Businessweek, a recent study by Ryan Cragun, a sociology professor at the University of Tampa, estimates the church receives around $8 billion in tithing from members each years and is worth around $40 billion.

Those estimates would be tough to solidify, said Rusty Leonard, CEO of MinistryWatch.com, a site that keeps a database of Christian ministries and nonprofits for donors to use and evaluate.

The IRS does not require churches, which are tax-exempt, to file disclosure forms with the government. Leonard said that makes the totality of church holdings difficult to pinpoint.

“They get tax-free status as a church and they get the freedom to do what they want to do with their money,” Leonard said. This is true, he said, for everything from a local congregation to a large entity like the Catholic Church. But the difference, according to Leonard, is that people can see what is going on in their own congregation, something they can’t necessarily do for an entire religious body.

“When you are talking about an institution, like the Catholic Church or the Mormon Church, if they don’t voluntary disclose, you don’t really know what they are doing,” Leonard said.

When asked about the $40 billion figure provided by Cragun, Doug Anderson, public affairs manager for the Mormon Church, refused to comment.

The idea of Mormon hit pieces has been common in recent months, especially because likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney is a member of the faith, leaving conservatives and Mormons alike to worry that his candidacy will open the door to unfair characterizations of the church.

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Nancy French, a blogger for the website Patheos, spoke to this concern in her column about the cover.

“Can you imagine if they’d made a cover mocking your religion?” French wrote. “It will only get worse between now and November.”

The church-owned and operated Deseret News paper wrote an editorial that not only went after the reporting – “the corners cut in this week's Businessweek story do a disservice,” read the editorial – but also went after the legitimacy of Businessweek itself.

“In an earlier era, Businessweek was known for intelligently introducing its audience to useful conceptual approaches,” the editorial said. “But in this week's edition, Businessweek seemed out of its depth on the very issues it should own.”

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  1. SoldierOfConscience

    Mormons are not christians. They ae a cult. That was the one reason I was considering abstaining from voting for Ronmey. However, the alternative (Obama Bin Biden) is repulsive. So I hold my nose and vote for him.

    July 15, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • evolved one

      Can you not see the folly of your rationale? If Romney's "faith" bothers you then do not vote for him. I cannot understand why you would still vote for someone you obviously could not trust as a leader just because you do not like the other options.....just spoil your ballot then for crying out loud......wow. No wonder why so many idiots get elected in this country.

      July 15, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • .

      We are Christians. Read Brother French's post below.

      July 15, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • Moby Schtick

      If you're so stupid and arrogant as to utilize the term "Osama bin Laden" then he doesn't want your vote anyway.

      July 15, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • GodFreeNow

      Educate yourself and evolve. At this point, you're just embarrassing yourself and your sensible loved ones. It's not hard to do.... start small. Knowledge is accu.mulative. In 10 years, your friends will be amazed how you can carry on a conversation without coming off like a 14 year old. It's a long road ahead, but you can do it.

      July 15, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      I call him Obama Bin Biden because partly because he is anti-church, what with forcing the church to support killing unborn babies. Not to speak of his ambiguous 'birth certificate'.

      And for those who would like to 'educate' me, maybe I have read enough and have a right to my own conclusions? maybe yours isnt the right one Per Se? And @ Evolved One, in many situations one has to go with the lesser evil.

      July 15, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      SOC, you couldn't even spell your own moniker. I doubt your "education" is anywhere close to being adequate. Funny that you completely ignore the fact that Obama is the president who took out Osama, but not surprising, given your intelligence level.

      July 15, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience


      One typo does not an ignoramus make. Stop beating the drum on that 'solder' point.

      One more reason is that in my state (Maryland) the g @y devi @nt M @rriage referendum will be there.

      July 15, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      Im looking forward to doing my duty towards society by helping uphold tra dit ion al marriage. Since I will be there, might as well cast my vote against the "0 bama nation" we currently have. got the pun?

      July 15, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      My vote and my husband's will be canceling out yours and your wife's, dearie. That's right. We live in Maryland and we vote, too. So sorry for you.

      July 15, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
    • sam stone

      Wow, SOC....Osama Bin Biden.....sure is a clever, edgy political commentary. Now, boy, go home and get your shinebox

      July 16, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • sam stone

      Obama Bin Biden, that is. Same comment applies, boy

      July 16, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • Who invited me?

      Traditional marriage...whos traditions?
      In this land, long before the bible ever came to america, the native peoples were having ceremonies of marriage. Some of these were same s e x marriages. It was accepted and celebrated in many native american civilizations.
      Same s e x marriages have taken place in cultures throughout the world, long before your religion was created.
      So who's "traditions" do you want to go by.

      July 16, 2012 at 10:30 am |
    • sam stone

      SOC....you call it "standing up for traditional marriage", but that is often fancy words for codifying bigotry. How does two males or two females marrying harm your marriage? The 14th amendment provides for EQUAL PROTECTION under the law.

      July 16, 2012 at 10:31 am |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      This article is not about g @ys. Its about the m ormon cult. Sorry for distracting.

      July 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  2. To all atheists

    Wanna know why you aren't new to us?

    Kindly read alma 30:13-18

    And witness how marvelous the Book of Mormon was.

    July 15, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • evolved one

      Oh please.......I don't like reading fiction.

      July 15, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • To all atheists

      Why not give it a try? Scared?

      July 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • Who invited me?

      The book of moron was created by a scam artist who died in a gun battle trying to escape jail where he was being held pending charges of fraud.
      Good role model.

      July 16, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • To all atheists

      No more talks, READ! (Alma 30:13-18)

      July 16, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  3. .

    I love to go to the temple. Yesterday, I was present when a wonderful little Latino family, who are friends of mine, were sealed for time and all eternity. First the husband and wife knelt at the alter and one who had the same power as Elijah, the prophet, sealed them together. Then, their 11 year old son was brought in and sealed by the same power to his parents. They are an eternal family! The temple is beautiful, calm and serene. All inside are dressed in white and keep all the commandments of God. The world is shut out. There are no impure jokes being told, or por nography, or hatefulness, or unkind words. The temple workers are kind and thoughtful and everything is orderly.

    After my daughter died, we sealed her and her husband together. At the moment of sealing I felt a pure joy that was beyond any feeling of happiness one can have in this earth. I knew that my daughter and her husband were there and that they approved and accepted all and that the joy I was feeling was her joy! I had felt that feeling many years before when I was in the temple with a group of missionaries. We were singing hymns in the chapel and a very calm, spiritual feeling enveloped us and a feeling of unearthly joy. Suddenly, I was aware of another group of beings singing with us. Their voices were exquisitly pure and wonderful. I stopped singing and I could discern their location, but when I looked, I could see no one! I have talked to people who have seen angels and who have had other wonderful, spiritual experiences in the temple. The temple is the house of God and it unites heaven and earth!

    I suppose there are those of you who would deny us our temples and who will mock and make fun of sacred things. Why? What is your interest in all this? What is it to you? Can you not stand to see another human being happy? We do not deny you happiness, but invite all men and women to come and share our happiness. We invite you to mormon.org to see for your self what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is about.

    July 15, 2012 at 10:28 am |
    • evolved one

      Oh please......you sound just like the person who says "I have black friends"......do you not hear yourself?

      Your "world" is far from orderly and pure.

      July 15, 2012 at 10:58 am |
  4. Lila Taylor

    The Book of Mormon is a complete fabrication . It doesn't matter that Smith borrowed from Christianity. He made everything up. Doesn't that bother anyone?

    July 15, 2012 at 9:10 am |
    • Polergiest

      Somebody has to write it first.

      July 15, 2012 at 9:38 am |
    • Satan is waitin!

      All religeons are complete fabrications. It doesn't matter that they all borrowed from previous religeons. They made everything up. Doesn't that bother anyone?

      July 15, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • evolved one

      It was so much easier to fool folks back then. One woman questioned Smith though......but because she was just a woman she was ignored.

      This cult is tailormade for all those conservative type men out there who want to rule their women. I would bet if they could go back to being open, legal polygamists they would in a heartbeat.

      I could never take this group seriously knowing what I know about their lack of care for abused women and girls in the state of Utah.....their turning a blind eye to the fundamentalist elements in their community who engage in the trafficking of underage girls.....after all, why care because women are inferior to the men and serve only one purpose – to pump out more little mormon followers....look at how big their families are for crying out loud!

      July 15, 2012 at 11:09 am |
  5. chuckie

    it is not bigotry and hatred. My religion teaches that whoever changes the words of the Bible is a blasphemer. The Book of Mormon certainly does that. Mormons believe that when they die, they are swept away to the palnet Kolob. I can't seem to find that in my Bible. I guess I'm saying that I don't think Mormons are christians. And some believe that they are the false prophets we have been warned about. We are just defending our religion with the same vigor you are defending yours.

    July 15, 2012 at 12:39 am |
    • evolved one

      Even believing that the changing of words in the bible is blasphemous is rather silly......

      July 15, 2012 at 12:45 am |
    • mda

      Chuckie, did Christians believe the same thing when the New Testament was added to the Old Testament?

      July 15, 2012 at 12:47 am |
    • Polergiest

      Christianity did not have a bible when it started, just a collection of religious text. These were compiled into the bible you knew centuries after Christ death. I either case, there's no red letters in the bible telling you to ridicule people or judge them, that's just you.

      July 15, 2012 at 8:08 am |
    • Brother French


      Of course you should defend your faith according to your beliefs. However, please be accurate in the statements that you are making about our Church. As of now, you are so off base it isn't funny. Perhaps you could start by understanding that Mormons are Christians. The following should help you with that issue.

      Are Mormons Christians? Of course we are Christians. We believe in Jesus Christ! In addition, every good member of our church strives to follow Jesus Christ by keeping his commandments and doing the will of their Heavenly Father.

      We are Latter-day Christians. There are also Nicene Christians. Both are followers of Jesus Christ even though they differ in doctrine as to what God is like. I refer you to the following if you want to know more on the subject:

      Simply put, Nicene Christians believe that God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are one and the same God, and that he (God) is a spirit without a body, parts or passions.

      The bottom line difference is that we Latter-day Christians teach that Jesus Christ is a separate person from his Heavenly Father and from the Holy Ghost. We also teach that Jesus Christ has been resurrected with an immortal, glorified, spiritual body of flesh and bones like his Heavenly Father’s, and that he is still resurrected today. See Hebrews 1:1-3, Revelations. 1:10-18.

      In addition, Joseph Smith talked face to face with God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ in what we call “The First Vision”. Therefore, we know our doctrine concerning the nature of the Godhead to be true.

      You can also refer to John 17:20-23, 20:17, Luke 22:39-44, Acts 7:55-56. These scriptures, and scores of others, show that Christ is a separate person from his father. However, the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost are united as “one” in purpose, thought and actions.

      In reference to Revelations 1:10-18 which I mentioned above please note Christ’s own statement that he is still alive (resurrected) and always will be! Also, pay particular attention to the fact that he laid his hand on John’s shoulder proving to John that he was the resurrected Christ.

      We Mormons believe the Holy Bible is the word of God (insofar as it is translated correctly), and we use the King James Version. We also believe the Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ and we use it as a companion book of scripture to the Bible.

      Here are some scriptures from The Book of Mormon that will help you to know that Mormons are Christians.
      2 Nephi 2 – Lehi testifies of the Savior as our Redeemer.
      2 Nephi 9 – Jacob testifies of the Atonement.
      2 Nephi 31–33 – Nephi teaches the doctrine of Christ.
      Enos – Enos experiences the power of the Atonement.
      Mosiah 2–5 – King Benjamin teaches of Christ.
      Mosiah 12–16 – Abinadi gives his life in testifying of Jesus Christ.
      Alma 5, 7 – Alma testifies of the Savior.
      Alma 17–22 – Lamanites receive the testimony of Jesus Christ.
      Alma 34 – Amulek testifies of the Atonement.
      Alma 36 – Alma experiences the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
      Alma 40–42 – Alma testifies of the resurrection and Atonement.
      Helaman 5 – Nephi and Lehi are instruments in God’s hands to witness of the Savior.
      3 Nephi 9–10 – The Savior invites people to come to Him.
      3 Nephi 11–18 – The Savior teaches the Nephites of the Father and of His doctrine.
      3 Nephi 27 – The Savior teaches His gospel.
      Ether 3 – The brother of Jared sees the Savior.
      Ether 12 – Ether and Moroni testify of the Savior and the power of His Atonement.
      Moroni 7–8 – Mormon teaches of the pure love of Christ and His Atonement.
      Moroni 10 – Moroni invites all to come unto Christ and be perfected in Him.
      Also, the Bible contains a prophecy concerning the coming forth of The Book of Mormon in these latter days:
      About 600 B.C. God commanded the tribes of Israel to keep two scriptural histories rather than one as they had done in the past. The “Stick of Judah” (the Bible record) was still to be kept by the tribe of Judah, but the new record, the “Stick of Ephraim”, was to be kept by the tribe of Joseph. Thus, God also referred to it as the “Stick of Joseph”.

      This new record was soon hidden from world when the Prophet Lehi and a small group from the tribe of Joseph were led by God to the Western Hemisphere. However, God declared to the Prophet Ezekiel that he would bring it forth to be joined with the Stick of Judah prior to the gathering of the twelve tribes of Israel in the latter days. Thus, God said these sacred records “shall become one in mine hand” (Ezekiel 37:15-21. Also see 2 Nephi 3:12 in the Book of Mormon).

      Today, we know the Stick of Joseph as the Book of Mormon. It covers a period of history from 600 B.C. to 400 A.D., and contains the writings of some of the greatest prophets who ever lived. As a companion book to the Bible (the Stick of Judah) it provides another Testament, and a second sure witness to both Jew and gentile that Jesus is the Christ!

      July 15, 2012 at 8:47 am |
    • evolved one

      Brother French......what do they make you drink?

      July 15, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • sam stone

      Doesn't that include pretty much all "translations"?

      July 16, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • sam stone

      Chuckie: Do you read the original languages in which the bible was written?

      July 16, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • LinSea

      chuckie, you have been sorely misinformed. We do not believe we go to Kolob when we die. That is a lie that keeps getting ignorantly spread around. And the Book of Mormon is NOT a replacement for or a re-writing of the Bible. It is a separate record of people who also prophesied and testified of Jesus Christ. The book's entire purposes is to testify of Christ and to support the Bible's witness of Him.

      July 16, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  6. mda

    So much bigotry and hatred. What are all of you Mormon / religion haters afraid of?

    July 15, 2012 at 12:14 am |
    • MReynolds

      We're afraid that you're right, but we are all too weak to live up to the righteous standards imposed by your God. We are weak and flawed and would beg forgiveness, but we are also arrogant and selfish. Isn't that right? You already knew the answer so why'd you ask?


      July 15, 2012 at 12:21 am |
    • MReynolds

      On a more serious note, we non-believers are not bigoted or hateful. We're, for the most part, terrified. Terrified that in the 21st century, the majority of Americans would willingly have a theocracy and that it's not an entirely unrealistic possibility. Until they realized that the version of xianity they follow isn't the state sponsored official version. Then they would share our terror.


      July 15, 2012 at 12:26 am |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV


      the 'religion haters' you describe are tired of living in a country that was founded on freedom of religious expression (and freedom *not* to express religion) having religion shoved in their face every day.

      This was evident in Macarthism in the 1950s and reemerged with Karl Rove's clever tactics to reinvigorate the religious right during the 2000 election. Since then people have been shoving it down our throats.

      Who would you say was probably the most genuinely religious president in the last 50 years?

      I'll offer an answer: Jimmy Carter. He is clearly a man of deep religious conviction yet he didn't shove this down people's throats as the President and he is universally hated by the right. Why?

      July 15, 2012 at 12:30 am |
    • evolved one

      Bigotry and hatred.....I believe you are describing some in the mormon cult......

      July 15, 2012 at 12:32 am |
    • mda

      Looks like I hit a nerve. Looking forward to your pithy response.

      July 15, 2012 at 12:44 am |
    • evolved one

      Funny how the phrase "hit a nerve" is invariably trotted out by those who seem to hate hearing the truth.......mormonism is a cult, religion in general is a form of mental illness.

      July 15, 2012 at 12:50 am |
    • mda

      I knew you would have a good come back. You are very practiced at this.

      It is curious and sad that you spend your time and energy tearing something down rather than doing something productive / positive. What a waste.

      Your efforts only serve to solidify what people already believe–on both sides.

      July 15, 2012 at 12:56 am |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV


      so I should post something ugly along the lines of "all Christians are _your ephithet here_!"

      and see if I too "hit a nerve". If you want a discussion on topic, we're here. If you're just trolling, then go to bed and don't waste our time.

      July 15, 2012 at 1:14 am |
    • mda

      Looks like we can leave the "ugly" comments to MReynolds and the evolved one. Are they on your team too?

      In addition to bigotry and hatred, I should have added ignorance to my original post.

      And, I will take your advice and go to bed where my three wives (or is it four) are anxiously waiting.

      Good luck with your Cure the World of Religion campaign.

      July 15, 2012 at 1:24 am |
    • evolved one

      You seem to be spoiling for a fight which you will not get with me. As to what I do with my time however I find your put down of me rather hilarious given that you too are spending time right here......heheheh......whatever. Have a nice life.

      July 15, 2012 at 1:29 am |
    • MReynolds

      So, mda, like a true theist, you ignore the substance of our responses. We all just summed up why we feel the way we do, without too many epithets, yet you have nothing to say about that. Completely predictable. I honestly think the theist mind is one that is trapped in some child-like state of fear and confusion.

      July 15, 2012 at 1:33 am |
    • LinCA


      You said, "Completely predictable. I honestly think the theist mind is one that is trapped in some child-like state of fear and confusion."
      The beliefs in a god and Santa Claus are eerily similar.

      July 15, 2012 at 1:38 am |
    • MReynolds

      @LinCA: Yes they are. He knows what you do, what you think, if you've been "bad or good". He'll reward or punish you. He appears and disappears magically. It's clearly the same mentality.

      July 15, 2012 at 1:45 am |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      He sees you when you're sleeping
      He knows when you're awake
      He knows if you've been bad or good
      So be good for goodness sake

      July 15, 2012 at 2:14 am |
    • Get Real

      Heh, @I'm not a GOPer. That reminds me of the Christmas Eve when one of my sons was around 6-7. I passed by the bathroom as he was brushing his teeth and he was talking to himself in the mirror about how some kids said that Santa was not real. He brushed a bit, then held his toothbrush skyward and said, "I believe, I believe, I DO believe!" A while later, when we were putting out the cookies/milk, he ran and got 85 cents from his piggy bank for Santa's tip. That kid was a riot. Of course, he's an atheist now.

      July 15, 2012 at 2:30 am |
  7. Reality

    And all the profits and losses are kept secret by the present Mormon prophet/profit and his merry, twelve white male apostles.

    July 14, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
    • evolved one

      You hit the nail on the head.....

      July 15, 2012 at 12:37 am |
    • Brother French

      If tax exemption has blessed The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints doesn't it follow that we would all be blessed by lower taxes and a much smaller and efficient government? Hummm, maybe we should all vote for Romney.

      July 15, 2012 at 8:58 am |
    • Reality

      Hmmm, Mormonism takes over the USA? Might work as ti-thes would replace taxes. Fortunately or unfortunately said ti-thes would be increased from the current 10% to 35% to pay off our 14 trillion dollar and growing federal debt. Then there are all those state debts to pay off so add another 5% for state ti-thes. Then there will be the ti-thes for the "affordable" health care law.

      July 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  8. MReynolds

    "My name is Clint McGoober. I'm a Zombie... and I'm a Mormon."

    July 14, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
  9. MReynolds

    I know this has been said a million times but again, Mormonism? Really? What's a disgrace is that any human that actually believes this uber-stupidity gets to call themselves human. I'm surprised that their brains don't implode due to the vacuum left behind by all of the dead and shriveled neurons inside.

    July 14, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
  10. Nope!

    Cnn must be having their high censorship night! No offencive worlds, checked my codes! LOL!

    July 14, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
    • Helpful Hints

      Nope, Are you sure that you checked for these:

      Bad letter combinations / words to avoid if you want to get past the CNN automatic filter:
      Many, if not most, are buried within other words, so use your imagination.
      You can use dashes, spaces, or other characters or some html tricks to modify the "offending" letter combinations.
      ar-se.....as in ar-senic.
      co-ck.....as in co-ckatiel, co-ckatrice, co-ckleshell, co-ckles, etc.
      co-on.....as in racc-oon, coc-oon, etc.
      cu-m......as in doc-ument, accu-mulate, circu-mnavigate, circu-mstances, cu-mbersome, cuc-umber, etc.
      cu-nt.....as in Scu-nthorpe, a city in the UK famous for having problems with filters...!
      ef-fing...as in ef-fing filter
      ft-w......as in soft-ware, delft-ware, swift-water, drift-wood, etc.
      ho-mo.....as in ho-mo sapiens or ho-mose-xual, ho-mogenous, etc.
      ho-rny....as in tho-rny, etc.
      hu-mp… as in th-ump, th-umper, th-umping
      jacka-ss...yet "ass" is allowed by itself.....
      ja-p......as in j-apanese, ja-pan, j-ape, etc.
      koo-ch....as in koo-chie koo..!
      o-rgy….as in po-rgy, zo-rgy, etc.
      pi-s......as in pi-stol, lapi-s, pi-ssed, therapi-st, etc.
      p-orn… as in p-ornography
      pr-ick....as in pri-ckling, pri-ckles, etc.
      ra-pe.....as in scra-pe, tra-peze, gr-ape, thera-peutic, sara-pe, etc.
      se-x......as in Ess-ex, s-exual, etc.
      sm-ut…..as in transm-utation
      sp-ic.....as in desp-icable, hosp-ice, consp-icuous, susp-icious, sp-icule, sp-ice, etc.
      sp-ook… as in sp-ooky, sp-ooked
      ti-t......as in const-itution, att-itude, ent-ities, alt-itude, beat-itude, etc.
      tw-at.....as in wristw-atch, nightw-atchman, etc.
      va-g......as in extrava-gant, va-gina, va-grant, va-gue, sava-ge, etc.
      who-re....as in who're you kidding / don't forget to put in that apostrophe!
      There's another phrase that someone found, "wo-nderful us" (have no idea what sets that one off).

      July 14, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
  11. bmused

    Just because some find it offensive does not mean it is not true. I see magazine covers in much worse taste, and not even funny, all the time.

    July 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • Mickey1313

      Like the news week cover with a pic of the white house, with rainbow pillars, insinuating the potus was g ay , because he suports equal rights.

      July 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
  12. D.N.

    Why the media gives Joanna Brooks the time of day is beyond me. Her opinions are ridiculously unfounded.

    July 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  13. Joshua

    RIDICULOUS BLASPHEMY. How dare they insult The Church of Jesus Christ!

    July 14, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
  14. lakeproductions

    If you are interested in what The Church of Jesus Christ Does with their prosperity click here.... http://mormon.org/humanitarian-aid?gclid=CM6SzrLAmrECFQgHnQodG0ok6A

    July 14, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • evolved one

      Oh yes and that charity comes with a heavy dose of prosyletizing.....nothing is free. I have lived in Central America for many years and have seen these clowns in action.

      July 14, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
  15. should and does matter

    From my experience, being a member of Mormon congregations in 7 different US states, Chile and Brazil, has been a huge benefit to raising well balanced, honest, caring children. The time I put in as a congregation leader is far outweighed by the support the church and doctrine provides in getting thru life's difficult times and challenges raising children and helping them make good choices. This is in addition to the spiritual confirmation that supports my decision to attend, participate, work and accomplish the missions of The Church to improve the world we all live in and prepare for life after death.

    I hope faith becomes a big issue because Romney's faith seems to make people happy and well balanced. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints produces excellent families, service minded youth, dedicated parents and civic leaders all working to make our world a better place. UCLA's study on The Spiritual Life of College Students demonstrates that young members of Romney's faith are committed, caring people who know what they believe and live it as well: http://spirituality.ucla.edu/

    Congratulations to Ann and Mitt Romney for their life examples and for raising an excellent and successful Christ centered family! Anyone who thinks otherwise really needs to give some thought to who influences their thoughts and decisions, so much negativity and close-mindedness. Till next time...take care.

    July 14, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
    • evolved one

      Into cutting and pasting your propaganda it seems......"The Church", "The Church".......sounds to me like control and indoctrination.

      July 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      LOL. "Anyone who thinks otherwise should..." Do you really expect others to kowtow to your particular reasoning because of your little demand, there at the end? I'm an agnostic atheist, and I know my position is the most logical. And anyone who thinks otherwise should stop thinking the way they do and start thinking like me. How's that work for you, should and does matter?

      July 14, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • evolved one

      Yeah, right....if we do not adhere to your perfect little patriarchal model we must be close-minded........you are a hypocrite.

      July 14, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • hippie power 69

      yes, and i really like that picture of him and his bain buddies with money stuffed in their mouths, hands, shirts etc. thats the real mittens.

      July 16, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  16. Kutulhu

    Tax the church. Tax the property the church owns.

    July 14, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • evolved one

      Tax them to the hilt - every blessed one of them.

      July 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • Mickey1313

      Agreed, freedom of religion doesn't mean freedom from taxes. They, churchs, all violate the npo status. Time to make them pay for the privalage of being political, just like everyone else

      July 14, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
  17. csx

    I dare you to do that to Muhammad.

    July 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • midwest rail

      I was unaware that Muhammad was a candidate for President. /sarcasm off

      July 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
  18. evolved one

    haime52 wrote - "Oh, my friend, be careful what you wish for. Hitler wanted to end religion, Marx and Lenon did too. Their world view is not one we, in the west, admire. The chinese are still trying to do away with it, yet no one here wants a society like theirs. To my knowledge, there has been no successful completely atheistic government or society, to date."

    Comparing my POV to Hitler and other despots has only lowered my estimation of your intellect. You do not speak for the entire Western diaspora either.

    Atheists are not organized. Atheists are just non-believers in religion, deities – all that silly garbage. Stop comparing us to some evil, organized force.

    July 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  19. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    July 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • evolved one

      So does human will......not some fairy in the sky.

      July 14, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • pervert alert

      It appears we have a fairy expert in this evolved one.

      July 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
    • evolved one

      Difficult to take seriously someone with the word "pervert" in their net handle...."god" is referenced as a fairy in the sky or the sky fairy by many of us infidels....what point were you trying to make oh perverted one?

      July 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • pervert alert

      Difficult to take serious a fairy who undermines the foundation of civilization.

      July 15, 2012 at 7:26 am |
    • Jesus

      ~Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!:

      July 15, 2012 at 9:56 am |
  20. mly

    The cover of this magazine is a disgrace . If you want to write a legitimate article about a particular religion so be it( as long as it is factual) that is one thing but to redicule a religion, hands off. I am catholic and a democrat and it was obvious to me that this was a political decision. Unless you are openly a politically partisan magazine you shouldn't be so obvious what your editorial preference is. Bloomberg has fallen a long way from the respected source it once was

    July 14, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • mary

      the cover of the mag is actually not a disgrace, it's satire and journalists have been using this method for a very long time.

      July 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • evolved one

      Wow, since when did telling the truth in a humourous fashion become disgraceful? Mormonism is a corporate cult. I rank it right up there with scientology. What is disgraceful? Religion, and how many are made to suffer for it.

      July 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      mly.."Bloomberg has fallen a long way from the respected source it once was".umm sounds like the catholic church has done the same thing. one of the problems is that most religions sound absolutely crazy when their beliefs are printed out.. whether catholic , Muslim, Jehovah, Mormon, scientologist... and when written oout there is a avalanche of rebuttals from the adherents claiming it is all lies ..no one really wants to admit the stupidity of their belief.. and claim they are being misunderstood.

      July 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
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