Thursday, July 12, 2012

Is Businessweek's Mormon Cover Art Offensive?

By Oliver Burkeman
Detail from Bloomberg Businessweek's Mormon cover
A controversy is already starting to brew – which was, of course, the intention – over the image on the cover of the latest edition of Businessweek. It's pegged to a story by Caroline Winter, entitled "Latter-day Lucre: How the Mormon Church Makes Its Billions", a big investigation of the church's finances. The image re-imagines "a pivotal moment" in the Mormon origin story, when John the Baptist appeared to Joseph Smith – on 15 May 1829, to be precise, though I'm not too sure of the time of day. [link]


Ernest O. Britton said...

A religion as rich and powerful as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with a billionare member of the faith running for President of the USA should surely not be exempt from satire.

Mormon Newsroom said...

Those who attempt to define the Church as an institution devoted to amassing monetary wealth miss the entire point: the Church’s purpose is to bring people to Christ and to follow His example by lifting the burdens of those who are struggling. The key to understanding the Church is to see it not as a worldwide corporation, but as millions of faithful members in thousands of congregations across the world following Christ and caring for each other and their neighbors.