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NYT: Mormons are hip

Predictably, news media have a rekindled fascination with Mormonism, given that two members of the religion are running for the Republican presidential nomination. But the New York Times is here to remove the mystery of Mormonism in an article about "young, hip" Mormons:

Members still battle a perception of otherness, as in the recent flare-up between [Mitt] Romney and Robert Jeffress, a Southern Baptist pastor and Rick Perry supporter who derided the religion as a “cult.”

Needless to say, countless Mormons work in fashion, design, art, music and film, and they generally dress and act just like anybody else.

Thank God. The Times does, however, note that there are boundaries and guidelines for dress if you're a practicing Mormon. Not to worry. The writer offers a how-to guide on getting around those rules, including developing a skin rash:

Rebelling, If Only Just a Little

WHAT THE CHURCH SAYS

Many adult Mormons follow the practice of wearing the temple garment, which for men, means long boxer briefs and a scoop-neck T-shirt and, for women, knee-length shorts and a top with cap sleeves.

HOW TO GET AROUND IT

For men, tank tops are out, but you can stay on-trend in a button-down plaid shirt, rolled selvedge jeans and boat shoes. For women, one popular option is the “Zooey Deschanel look” — ruffled blouse, bow collar and a high-waisted pencil skirt.

WHAT THE CHURCH SAYS

Mormons are told not to “disfigure” themselves “with tattoos or body piercing.”

HOW TO GET AROUND IT

Cover up the tattoos or at least try a compromise, like getting a tattoo of a beehive, a Mormon symbol of working together for the common good.

WHAT THE CHURCH SAYS

No beards on missionaries or Brigham Young University students.

HOW TO GET AROUND IT

An allergic reaction to shaving, demonstrated by razor bumps, can score you a “beard card” at B.Y.U.

WHAT THE CHURCH SAYS

No consumption of alcohol, even at social functions.

HOW TO GET AROUND IT

Drink Pellegrino and don’t bother to correct other party guests who assume you are in recovery.

Now, are you more or less anxious about pulling the lever for a Mormon this primary?

One last thing…
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