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Thursday, July 26, 2012

When a joke isn't funny - Think About It!

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This weeks topic
What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?

Next week's topic
Has education become more about temporary results and grades than long term success and knowledge?

So what is too serious to be joked about?  Can a sense of humor go too far? I do believe it can. I love a good joke like the next person. Laughing is a great release of chemicals especially for anyone suffering depression.

For me personally a joke has gone too far when it brings others down. Race, Religion, and Disability are my big no's. They just shouldn't happen. I remember my brother saying some racist jokes when we were kids. At the time, it was funny. I have since learned better. It is rude and tears others down.  When one of my other brothers was in middle school he was often taken advantage of. Kids could get him to do just about anything if he thought they would be his friends for doing it. Because of this, he highly offended someones religion and lifestyle by saying something someone else told him to. I won't repeat it, because it's in the past, and it was just wrong. These kids took advantage of my brothers need for friends to belittle someone else.  Mark was accused at one point of making fun of a kid with a disability. We don't know why this accusation was thrown out there, but it wasn't true. Mark's dad has Parkinsons, so he knows especially how hard those who have physical limitations fight to do the best they can.
Right now, however the biggest issue I am personally facing is my religion. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Commonly referred to as a Mormon.  With the upcoming elections here in the USA, and Mitt Romney running, my faith has been brought quite center stage. If you didn't know it yet, Mitt Romney is a member of my faith as well. Sadly, I have seen my church drug through the mud.  We get attacked on all sides almost constantly. Actually ever since our church was established we've been persecuted.  There have been quite a few shows with little references to Mormon culture.  Some are horribly inaccurate and insensitive. But, some are extremely funny. Take this clip from the show Cheers. I find it quite hilarious.
Where do I draw the line?  When something I hold very sacred is made fun of, is called names, and thrown around like a piece of meat. You hurt me when you do that. Please respect me. Respect that I have a faith in something I believe is the truth.  I will respect you. You can worship as you please, and I will not make fun of you. I just ask the same in return.
I find it intriguing that Catholics wear a cross to remind them of the Crucifixion.  I think the little hats those of the Jewish faith wear are a wonderful outward symbol of their faith. 
You don't have to agree with what I believe. Just please respect me. Respect my faith, and please don't make fun of something that someone else holds very sacred.

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  1. Laughing at and laughing with are different things. I think it a sign of someone being secure in their beliefs if they can laugh at what they believe in. Some of the funniest Catholic jokes I ever heard were told to me by priests.
    I wish our public schools taught more about the religious history of our country because it is so relevant today and so much an important part of our history. Most Americans do not know that Mormons were not just run out of towns but were massacred by people who feared their beliefs. I can understand your sensitivity in the relative history of our country these atrocities did not happen that long ago.

    1. You are right Diane! As long as we're laughing together, I think it is ok. It's when someone is being torn down, that I draw the line. I know many people think my faith is funny, and I can laugh with them. I've just seen some pretty horrendous jokes about my faith. I definitely didn't want to get into it in my post, because I didn't want to be preachy, but you're right it's been much more than just being run out of towns.

      Have you heard of Mormon Standard Time? We're 10 minutes late for everything :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I am not LDS however my daughter's father's family are all LDS. I hope I didn't lose anyone there. I did some research on my own regarding Mormanism and if people were open minded enough to LEARN various aspects of other religions, they would see that it's not quite what they think.

    I chose to be non-denominational Christian, my ex-husband is Catholic and Lexi's dad is Mormon. We believe in allowing our children the freedom to chose what they want to be. I believe if we believe that God is God, Jesus is God's son who died on a cross for our sins and we follow the Bible....who cares what other practices or doctorine people follow.

    1. Joni thanks so much for stopping by! Thank you for taking the time to research the LDS church. As a member I always appreciate when the research is done instead of just believing the myths.
      I agree we shouldn't care what others practice or believe. It is one of our core believes that "We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may".
      Have a great day!

  3. That is a funny clip...clean and it doesn't put down Mormons. :)

  4. it is all in the approach too, I have heard my fair share of jokes I don't like.



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