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July 31, 2007


A Montana Judge and Beef Farmer

Forget Utah, and mormon-approved underwear, how can it be politically correct to poke fun at Montana and all she holds sacred?

The real question is, does Mr. Smith have a political agenda here, or does he just not like beef jerky?

Tracy Hall Jr

In a failed attempt at humor, Brendan Smith leers at something that is sacred to Latter-day Saints. ". . . so any lucrative side businesses selling Mormon-approved underwear or beef jerky are fair game."

Humor presumes a common understanding of some cultural phenomenon, which may or may not have some basis in fact.

But Smith is himself so ignorant of Mormon culture that he obviously does not know that Latter-day Saint temple garments can only be purchased, with evidence of church membership, at church-owned outlets, that only a single church-owned manufacturer is authorized to produce them, and that they are so inexpensive that it would be absurd for anyone to get into some "side business" in this tiny market.

Nor is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints involved with "approving" beef jerky, or any other commodity, for that matter.

Speaking of "fair game," why is it suddenly politically correct to mock things that are sacred to Latter-day Saints?

Would it have been politically correct for Smith to poke fun at the sacred attire of observant American Jews; or at some cultural practice commonly attributed to American Blacks?

Is it possible that Mr. Smith has a political agenda here, or is he just an ignorant bigot?

Tracy Hall Jr
Provo Canyon, Utah

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