I adore Big Love, in its final season on HBO. For those who don't know, it is a story about a group of polygamous Mormons in hiding who just stepped out publicly. The Mormons cannot be happy with the show. HBO's website has testimonial from Mormons stating the show is inaccurate. Checking with wikipedia because I am only casually interested, I found that the religion believes an angel of God appeared to Joseph around 1830-50 in slightly upstate NY. The Book of Mormon and another scriptural book resulted. The books were on solid gold tablets. They believe in space aliens. Special underwear is worn. American Indians are a lost tribe of Israel. The wacko stuff goes on and on. Families stay together for eternity. Children are necessary. Polygamy was a central tenet of the church until it was outlawed by state and federal government. Young girls are married to very, very old men. It revolts me. I acknowledge my personal prejudices. Every religion has wacko teachings. They also do missionary work even more fervently than Witnesses. When I was in Europe, they were swarms.
Mormons make the Witnesses look respectable. I believe Mormons also shun. You don't live with your family for eternity if you stray. The special underwear is so funny yet I just finished reading Wolf Hall about Henry VIII's reign. Most of the characters wore nun's habits or haircloth under their clothes. These people are respectable members of English history. Mitt Romney's run for presidient surprised me. I recall his father's bid (he said he was brainwashed about VN which was an unfortunate word choice). Does the 3 am phone call person truly believe this stuff? Why did not his opponents raise it?
I identtfy with Barb, the only true wife. NIcki, the middle wife, is the daughter of a prophet indicted for many crimes. She is a tumbleweed. I don't like her but I understand what an orphan she is. Margene, my favorite, is the one with whom I do not idenitfy at all. She was an underage baby sitter recruited into the family. Do other people rellish the show? The Mormon beliefs are similar to the Witnesses. I wonder how I would feel about a Witness dramatization. This show is over the top, not subtle. Most women have fun with it.