Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Blasphemy as humor
I have always had a propensity towards (mildly) blasphemous humor. Or at least for as long as I can remember. Also, I say mildly, but others disagree. But the point is, I find comedic blasphemy really funny. I hope that doesn't sound bad. Maybe I can give some examples. The Onion has some great blasphemous stories, which range from hilarious to too disrespectful even for me. Two of my favorites are God Answers Prayers of Paralyzed Little Boy and Christ Converts to Islam. I love 'em! Also, I just purchased a great book entitled The Mormon Tabernacle Enquirer which is basically a mormon Onion, and needless to say it has some great articles. You know it's good with headlines like "Provo Man Votes Democrat 'Just To See What It Feels Like'," "Relief Society Sister Makes Declarative Statement," and "Hofmann Forges Letters from Self." Also, it has little sidebars that answer questions such as "What are we bringing to our home teaching families?" The still-beating hearts of the last family that stood us up. Do I just have a messed-up sense of humor? Like I said, there are things that cross the line for me, a number of Onion articles being at the top of the list. But isn't it good to be able to poke fun at the quirks and weirdnesses of a religion you love? Should I repent for thinking of writing a parody of Sheryl Crow's "I Can't Cry Any More" about Joseph Smith called "I Can't Scry Any More"? Let me know what you think.