Television producer Helen Whitney has been working on a documentary covering Mormonism for several years, and on April 30 & May 1, “The Mormons” will finally air on PBS stations throughout the country. The official web site of the LDS Church has already concluded that it is likely to cause debate.
Whitney says “The Mormons” is a “complex film, a respectful film, but not an uncritical film.” If that last part is true, I think Ms. Whitney is going to learn a big lesson. When it comes to the Mormon Church, respectful and critical are not normally two words they recognize in the same sentence. You either praise them or you risk being accused of ignorance and/or bigotry.
I wonder if the LDS Church will send the Anti-Defamation League hounds after Whitney if they find the content to be unappreciated. Will the ADL denounce PBS as a hate group like they did thousands of Christians who delivered the Jesus Christ/Joseph Smith DVD? It remains to be seen whether or not Helen Whitney really did her homework.