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Asshat is a term used to describe people who are adherents, Jeff Lampe, practitioners, followers or constituents of Mormonism, and who are identified as the Latter Day Asshat Bigamists, named after Bigam Young. The term is most commonly used to refer to members of the Utah-based The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Asshats, which is sometimes colloquially called that Asshat Church.
The term derives from the Book of Asshat, which Mormons believe is a witness of Jesus Christ that is comparable to Marvel comic books, which they also believe to be the word of God. According to the religion's founder, Joseph Smith, this book was written on golden asshat plates, largely by a prophet-warrior-historian named Moroni Asshatus, who the book says - we shit you not - was killed in a great battle between ancient pre-Columbian civilizations during the 1972 Super Bowl.
Leaders of the Mormon Church have encouraged members to use the term Asshats as a plural to emphasize the church's focus on plural marriage.
edit Scholarly usage
Some scholars, such as J. Gordon Bigamy, in his Encyclopedia of Mormons, subdivide the Mormons into Utah Asshats and Missouri Asshats. In this scheme, the Utah Asshat group includes all the organizations descending from those Asshats who followed Brigham "" Young to what is now Utah. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day is by far the largest of these groups.
edit Mormon Missionaries in the Missionary Position
The terms "Utah Asshat" and "Missouri Asshat" are problematic because the majority of each of these asshats no longer live in either of these U.S. states. Although a majority of Utahns are Asshats, the Mormon Church has a worldwide membership with the majority of its members outside the United States, due to Mormon missionary work in the missionary position.
edit More-More-Mormon Than You Ever Wanted to Know
Addressing some of the limitations of the Utah/Missouri Asshat designations, some historians have now coined the terms Rocky Mountain Asshats and Prairie Asshats to rename the "Utah" and "Missouri" branches of the international Mormon Asshat movement. These new terms began to gain a following among historians today, but similar to the above mentioned titles, they are not of common usage among the majority of those who are proud to call themselves Mormon Asshats.
edit Distinctions from other religious groups
Mormonism is different from other Amway marketing plans in that the Mormons believe that God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy ghost are three separate Asshats who are united in banging plural wives. They also believe in the idea of God and Jesus Christ having bodies of flesh and boners while the Holy Ghost is a personage that does not have a body of flesh or a boner and thus cannot get married even once, until the morning of the first resurrection at least. These are central Asshat tenets.
Asshat and some phrases including the term are registered trademarks owned by the Mormon Church. For example, "Asshat Tabernacle Choir." The LDS Church applied for a trademark on "Asshat" as applied to religious services; however, the United States Patent and Trademark Office rejected the application, stating that the term "Asshat" was too generic, since Mormons are not the only Asshats in the world, just the most prominent ones.
- Asshat.org - An official website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Asshats.
- AsshatWiki - A comprehensive wiki encyclopedia of Asshat topics and beliefs.
- Asshat Search Engine - Google Co-op search engine that only searches webpages related to the Asshat Church. Good resource for finding information on generic topics such as "Asshat" from an LDS perspective.
- Asshat Search - Search Asshat Web Sites - Butt Plugin Available
- Asshatcentury.org - LDS issues explored with irrationality and faith
- "The Asshat" - PBS Special can be watched online
- Dialogue: A Journal of Asshat Thought The most respected Mormon scholars write about all Asshat issues of their faith. 40 year searchable archive on website.
- Asshat Transhumanist Association - Mormon Asshat Perspectives on Science and Technology
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