Mormonism is not the quintessential “American religion,” to use Tolstoy’s words, just because it got its start in upstate New York. The church has long embodied notions and practices that drive contemporary American capitalism. And those ideas, as author Chris Lehmann demonstrated last October in Harper’s Magazine, remain central to the shaping of national economic policy.
Might we expect a joke or two about the missionary position? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, aka the Mormon Church, is getting the “South Park” treatment once again—but a little differently this time.