I'm pretty sure I probably read the Mormon Newsroom (official news and PR site of the Mormon church) a little bit more often than your average person. What can I say? My job requires it.
In a piece this week correcting some of the mistakes found in the NBC 30 Rock special on Mormons, was this little gem-
"Finally, another small correction: Despite what was reported, the Church revelation spelling out health practices (Doctrine and Covenants 89) does not mention the use of caffeine. The Church’s health guidelines prohibit alcoholic drinks, smoking or chewing of tobacco, and “hot drinks” — taught by Church leaders to refer specifically to tea and coffee. *"
Note the asterisk! it says-
* This posting has been updated since it was orginally published.
What did it originally say? Well, conveniently, I copy and pasted that onto my BFF Jules' Facebook page yesterday. Here it is-
""Finally, another small correction: Despite what was reported, the Church does not prohibit the use of caffeine. The Church’s health guidelines (Doctrine and Covenants 89) prohibits alcoholic drinks, smoking or chewing of tobacco and “hot drinks” — taught by Church leaders to refer specifically to tea and coffee. The restriction does not mention caffeine specifically."
Same thing, just reworded.
For some of you this means nothing. For those of us who love our Diet Coke and Dr Pepper 10, on the rocks, with a straw, at all times of the day, and have been getting judged ever since that first fateful sip at 17, and have been getting dirty looks ever since, THIS IS AWESOME, IN YOUR FACE PROOF!
Okay, that sounded a little more something than I meant for it to. Maybe I'm just hoping people (and you know who you are) will stop with the condescension finally. And I can drink my Dr Pepper at girls camp without having to hide it like whiskey in a flask!
Thank you. That is all.
So raise your glass if you are wrong in all the right ways, dirty little freaks...