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LDS church upset over coffee shop Angel Moroni spoof

The LDS church is upset at a locally owned coffee shop in Taylorsville, Utah. The church says the shop is violating their copyright to the image of the Angel Moroni. The shop has used the spoof image in local ads and on a t-shirt sold in the store. The image features the Angel Moroni, the golden statue of a male figure in a robe blowing a trumpet that sits atop many LDS temples. In the Just Add Coffee version, Moroni’s trumpet is angled upward as coffee from a pot is poured into it. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints discourages any use of caffeinated products, to include coffee. The church notified the coffee shop that the image of Moroni is a registered trademark of the LDS Church. The letter also requested that Just Add Coffee discontinue use of the image in advertising campaigns.

According to what followers of this cult believe, on the night of September 21, 1823, Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith, Jr. (who would later become the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement) and told him about the Golden Plates that were buried (in a stone box) a few miles from Smith’s home. Over the course of the next six years, Moroni visited Smith at least 20 times. After translating a portion of the writing on the plates (either one-third or two-thirds; accounts vary) as the Book of Mormon, Smith turned the plates back over to Moroni. Source Wiki encyclopedia.

I could be wrong on this but isn’t spoofing allowed on just about anything? Saturday Night Live does it every week. Ironically, the publicity this coffee shop has received from local TV and newspapers has brought the shop more business than any expensive advertising campaign could ever do. The shop owners say they didn’t intend to offend anyone and it was meant to be fun. It was funny, I wasn’t offended. What does offend me though is the incessant door knocking and attempts to try and convert people. People have the right to believe or not believe and shouldn’t be frowned upon for living in Utah and not conforming to the LDS. You can read more of this story at Deseretnews.

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March 23, 2007 - Posted by | Current Events, Religion, Utah

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