“It will be a shield and protection to you”
Years ago I was a fan of Bill Maher’s show Politically Incorrect and I now listen to his HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher via podcast. It’s usually pretty entertaining, though his stand-up bits are never funny and he often comes across as a jackass. But I like the format of the show and I enjoy some of his commentary. But there’s something he continues to say that drives me nuts. Whenever Mitt Romney comes up in conversation he feels the need to bring up his “magic underpants” whether or not it has any relevance to the conversation (which is never).
Now, I understand why a tactless, unfunny comedian would use the combination of the words “magic” and “underpants” rather than the myriad less provoking other possibilities, but it has made me wonder what the general Mormon populace thinks about garments. We’ve all heard the anecdotes in conversations, firesides, over the pulpit and even on 60 Minutes (thanks Willard) about how someone was protected from physical harm by the garments they were wearing. But is that what is meant by “it will be a shield and protection to you”? In your view what is the purpose of the garment?
Also, please don’t make this about Bill Maher.