Friday, March 10, 2006

Big Love buzzes Beehive State

Not two days after we wrote about it, the new HBO program Big Love, whose central characters are involved in a group marriage, has ignited controversy. The show has not yet aired. Donald Wildmon and James Dobson, the world's biggest prudes, haven't chimed in yet, but the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Mormons, are all a-flutter worrying about the image the show will present of the Church and of the "institution" of polygamy.

The Beehive State of Utah gets its nickname from the symbolic use of the beehive in Mormon doctrine. The beehive symbol was appropriated from Freemasonry by Mormon church founder Joseph Smith.

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