Mormon Church’s PR chief weighs in on Broadway musical

How do you respond when the creators of ‘South Park’ lampoon your organization?

The Mormon Church’s PR chief tackled both of those subjects in a Washington Post column last week, titled “Why I won’t be seeing the Book of Mormon musical.”

“The Book of Mormon” is a parody of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of the TV show “South Park.” Until the Post column, the church had issued one statement about the musical:

“The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but The Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people’s lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ.”

In the Post column, Michael Otterson, the head of public affairs for the church, explained the church’s efforts in Africa—the musical chronicles the journey of two Mormon missionaries from Salt Lake City to Uganda—and talked about why there hasn’t been a “huge outcry” from members of the faith:

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