Trey Parker thanks Joseph Smith, the other author of The Book of Mormon

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Collaborators Trey Parker (left) and Joseph Smith.
Local boys Trey Parker and Matt Stone made good -- very, very good -- last night when the former University of Colorado students won nine Tony awards, including Best Musical, for The Book of Mormon.

But while they were embraced by the traditional theater community, they showed some of the edge that made their South Park such a long-running hit, as Trey Parker thanked the other author of their musical: "Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon religion. He couldn't be here tonight, but you did it Joseph. You got the Tony!"

The Book of Mormon wasn't the first musical by Parker and Stone, of course -- although it was their first collaboration with Joseph Smith. At CU, Parker and Stone created Alferd Packer: The Musical, a celebration of Colorado's famous cannibal. They talked about that controversial creation in their first interview with Michael Roberts back in 1993, which you can read here.

And click here to see the five best The Book of Mormon moments at the Tony awards.

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This man has no respect for others or what they believe.


For giving G-d his heart, Joseph Smith received a hail of bullets.For giving G-d the finger, Trey Parker and Matt Stone received aTony.

One of the most egregious lies in this cesspool of a production is that Joseph Smith never showed the plates to anyone. To the godless tony elites, it is of utmost importance to to deny any physical reality to religion.

Both creedal Christianity and Judaism "made nice" long ago by denying any physical reality to God. Maimonides' 3rd principle states that "G-d does not have a body. physical concepts do not apply to Him."

Compare, however, Joseph Smith:The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit." (D&C 130:22)

To Guide the Perplexed, Maimonides metaphorized the Torah. But Mormonism is "burdened" with many physical realities, including twelve witnesses who hefted the plates. You can't heft ametaphor.

The "feel good" message of this production is actually a veiled threat: Mormonism should also make nice and confess that G-d, angels, plates, apostles, prophets, commandments, and covenants are all just silly metaphors.

Ain't gonna happen.

Tracy Hall Jrhthalljr'gmail'com


well spoken. thanks for this comment.

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