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The Cultural Invasion of the Mormons

The Killers- Hot FussI never know what to believe when I read posts, articles and other content online. But lately I’ve been quietly enjoying The Killers album, Hot Fuss. I was reading a blog, when I found:

The Killers- Hot Fuss
What’s with all the Mormons pretending they’re badass? You act all swaggerly and pompous on stage, but we all know that you still aren’t allowed to drink soda and have to call your Dad Sir when you have to miss shows to go home for family event night. I don’t know, I just never really like this band when they were called Duran Duran, and their song “Mr. Brightside” actually induced me to experience a series of panic attacks that continued over a course of several months. True story. Thanks Mormons!

It’s always interesting to learn what singers/songwriters worldviews are…full comments at this blog.
Napoleon Dynamite
Second, Napoleon Dynamite swept through my little neck of the woods. That’s what I’m talking about. As I looked to verify The Killers comments, I ran into this blog:

But I guess the fact that (Napoleon Dynamite) was almost entirely cast and crewed by Mormons gives it just that special touch to make Napoleon and his Mexican friend Pedro’s miraculous triumph seem feasible (side note: when did being Mormon become so cool?)

The Mormons have embarked on a new kind cultural invasion that doesn’t involve bicycles and suits. (Now you see why Napoleon thought bikes were so cool and the hidden pro-bike propaganda! HA!)

The bottom line is how do you know when this stuff is true? The second question then is, what is truth?

13 Comments

  1. Let us not forget Donnie and Marie! The first Mormon duo powerhouse to rock television with songs like “I’m a little bit country.”

  2. I guess mormons are people. That is wierd! Keep up the good work. I hope the mormons dont destroy us with their pursuit of being cool. I will try to sleep tonight. Thanks.

  3. Listen, when does it become cool to criticize peoples beliefs? Why does it matter to you how people run their lives? Mormons are trying to have a better life and to cut somebody down for that shows exactly how much character you actually have. Though you may think the believe in funky weird things at least they have something to rely on.

  4. Mormons are the best! I am a Mormon and our plot is to take over the world. Just kidding. There are many questions about us, all can be truthfully answered at lds.org Have an awesome day!

  5. The Mormon is a cult, plain and simple… scary… go read Under the Banner of Heaven and “true” yourself up about what the Church of LDS hides and keeps secret… shameful… really shameful…

  6. sure, mormons are going to take over the world… and now if a catholic band becomes famous, the catholic church is going to rule the world! come on!!! brandon flowers is the only member of the band who is a mormon and just because you DON’T KNOW what is a member of the church of Jesuschrist of latter-day saints or what do mormons believe doesn’t mean that you have to talk stupid things about them!!! i’m mormon and i listen to the killers, not because they have a mormon on the band but because i like their music, i like the killers as much as i like joy division and they are totally different! and cult-hater> why don’t you spend more time doing something else than reading books about religions that you DON’T KNOW!!!!

  7. Mark Priestap

    May 15, 2008 at 7:43 am

    “Mormons are trying to have a better life and to cut somebody down for that shows exactly how much character you actually have.”

    It’s not wrong at all to want a better life – who doesn’t? The question though is whether or not Mormon teaching is leading people to eternal punishment for leading us away from the true source of reconciliation with God: the blood of Jesus (not works righteousness). Mormons should not be faulted for wanting a better life, but all of us will one day be faulted who do not “repent and believe” in Jesus Christ, trusting in his finished work to atone for our sins. Believe in Christ and be saved! 🙂

  8. Woah. You’re all nuts. The beliefs and practices of the LDS church have nothing to do with the Killers, Napoleon Dynamite, or taking over the world.

    As weird as the LDS culture can be, they’re all about living a happy life, as mentioned… and again, isn’t that what we all want? Some people get it from boozing, some get it from not.

    So… Brandon Flowers actually is/was a “badass”… but I hear he’s trying to clean up. You going to rob him of that joy?

    Finally:

    Members of the LDS church can drink soda… though some prefer not to slake down gallons of caffeinated beverages.

    Calling your dad “Sir”? Where the hell did that come from? It’s not even funny.

    It’s bad to want to be home with your family one night a week?

    Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do, in fact, believe in Christ. Imagine that.

    Anyway… three years after the original post, I thought I’d clear that up.

    The final clarification: Hot Fuss is a bloody amazing album.

  9. destructo_man@hotmail.com

    August 31, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Gabe and Kyle summed up pretty much all you need to know after reading this article and all the comments xD.
    of course it cracks me up when i read stuff like “The Mormon is a cult, plain and simple” its so rediculous its actually funny. but if i write about that itll be even longer than what i WILL write.

    i want to add on to what kyle said…

    as much as i respect what Mark said (you seem like a good christian, i love your conviction, i just wish you wouldnt claim things you’re not totally informed on) mormons do believe in Christ, hence the OFFICIAL name: The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

    in FACT

    1.) We have sacrament every sunday, which is a commemoration of Christ’s sacrafice in which you remember christ while asking for redemption
    2.) We are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Imagine that…
    3.) We speak of Christ every sunday
    4.) We pray in the name of Christ. The list goes on.

    the reason most people think Mormons arent Christian is because we focus mainly on improving ourselves. we teach that it is actions not words that make a person, whereas (from my experience) most other Christian faiths teach that while its important to do good and be forthright, all you really need is a belief in the Savior. which is a crucial element to being redeemed, but it takes a little more than that. so we arent always focused on worshipping the savior outwardly because were focusing on improving ourselves and our friends (we’re still required to keep him in our hearts). people also think that because we believe that there is a record of pre-christ christians in the americas (which there is proof of in several places, such as recent discoveries of detailed structures and such, its interesting) we arent christian. which makes no sense.

    and the reason people think we “pretend to be badass” is because we know its wrong to do what so many people think is alright. its sad when people have to bring themselves down to instinctive and self-pleasing standards in order to fit in because self-control and respect for your body and other people in general is looked down upon, and often mistaken for a lack of reality or maturity.

  10. destructo_man@hotmail.com

    August 31, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    i forgot to add that making generalizations about mormons is pretty low. its like making stereotypes about muslims even though half the time people have no clue of what they ACTUALLY teach, or how people make fun of jews for no reason. it kinda pisses me off when people assume they know about people that they know nothing about.

    and very last thing. if you think you know more about my religion than me because someone who isnt mormon or, better yet, ex-mormon (who usually leave because they werent allowed to do something that they wanted to do, not because they didn’t like the beliefs) you need to learn to do your research, and maybe even try getting an actual member’s point of view instead of being ignorant and hatefull based off of an irrational dislike of our religion, or any other religion for that matter.

  11. hahahaha….

    It’s funny when close minded people think they’re open minded by insinuating that another entire population of people are the close minded ones. You follow me?

    I’m grateful to be a Mormon, where abstaining from drugs and other “fun” things has been proven to contribute to a longer life span in both male and female members of the church.

    I’ll be acting “pompous and badass” long after you’re gone, “Sir”.

  12. If you guys really think that the mormon religion is a cult then you need to get your fricken head checked. You’re either really extremely stupid or really really pathetic. Seriously. Mormons are NOT Polgamist either nor Bigamist and yes we do believe in Christ so yes we are christians. Who ever thinks otherwise can just kiss my ass and rot in hell for doing all the things that satan is actually managing to get them to do and not getting me to do. Hope you guys brought something to keep you cool down there!
    Its great to be a mormon!

  13. the killers suck anyway, so the point is moot.

    i agree with you that the term “mormon badass” is basically an oxymoron. keep that hair nice and short, wear your ugly white shirt and outdated tie–badass!!

    other than the fact that they follow a 19th century con-artist’s “translation” from looking into a hat with a stone in it…the mormons are generally nice people and strong in their religion. even if they weren’t, freedom of religion is key. live and let live. however white-bread and conformist that “living” may be.

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