Occasionally I have defend myself for being Mormon, or a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While I have a deep faith in the truthfulness of what I believe, I ask those people who criticize, “so what?” Why do you care so much what I do and do not believe in? My sister sent me a funny quote, from an episode of “South Park,” no less, that pretty much sums up how I feel.
A new Mormon family moves to South Park and Stan wants to beat up the son, Gary, for being so perfect and polite. Gary tries to befriend Stan, and Stan acts like a jerk and criticizes Gary’s faith. This is was what Gary says:
Look, maybe us Mormons do believe in crazy stories that make absolutely no sense, and maybe Joseph Smith did make it all up, but I have a great life, and a great family, and I have the Book of Mormon to thank for that. The truth is, I don’t care if Joseph Smith made it all up, because what the church teaches now is loving your family, being nice and helping people. And even though people in this town might think that’s stupid, I still choose to believe in it. All I ever did was try to be your friend, Stan, but you’re so high and mighty you couldn’t look past my religion and just be my friend back. You’ve got a lot of growing up to do, buddy.
He also tells him to go do something that is basically a kiss off, but I won’t quote that on my blog.