Columnist Maureen Dowd writing in the NYTs (30 Mar 2011) made the following ascertion: “Mormon can’t have caffeine.”
This prompted a rejoiner from Peggy Fletcher Stack in the SLTrib (8 Apr 2011):
Check your sources, Maureen. Mormons don’t drink coffee (or tea), but caffeine is fine.
That might explain the sight of Coke-guzzling Mormons up and down the state and the sale of Mountain Dew at LDS-owned restaurants.
As former Utah Gov. Olene Walker, a Mormon, once told comedian Bill Cosby: “Caffeine is fine as long as it’s cold.”
As of 2:31 pm on 8 Apr, there were 766 comments to this blog piece on the SLTrib website, many with tongue-in-cheek comments. This is obviously an issue that is important to my eternal salvation.
As a matter of public disclosure, I’m currently guzzling a Coke.