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Today’s Press Conference: Double-Edged Discrimination

January 27, 2015
Today’s Press Conference:  Double-Edged Discrimination

In today’s press conference, LDS leaders encouraged church members to support anti-discrimination legislation while continuing to oppose marriage equality.  You can find a very local perspective here, slightly less local here or downright global perspective here.  A few quick highlights: LGBT people deserve the same basic rights as all individuals:  equal access to housing, legal protections, […]

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Mormon Colonialism Revisited

January 27, 2015
Mormon Colonialism Revisited

I did a post early in my blogging days (April 2008) about a phenomenon many of us in the church have seen:  the tendency for Utah culture to be exported to areas outside of Utah as if it is a requisite part of living the gospel.  In that post I cited two examples: The first […]

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“Mormon Women Stand” Board Member Forced to Resign or Lose Temple Recommend

January 20, 2015
“Mormon Women Stand” Board Member Forced to Resign or Lose Temple Recommend

Sources confirm that June Olds Bennett was forced by her local Stake President to resign her position as a board member for Mormon Women Stand, a social media driven LDS women’s organization that actively opposes inclusion of feminists and other progressives in Mormon congregations. June Olds Bennett of South Jordan, Utah, says her stake president told […]

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Surprising Findings from 2014 Polls

January 13, 2015
Surprising Findings from 2014 Polls

Not So Fast The jury of parents is out when it comes to fasting.  People were equally split on whether fasting is good for kids age 8+, bad for everyone, or bad for kids but OK for adults.  If the church has a clear stance on kids’ fasting, it’s not well understood.  I tend to […]

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Weekend Poll: Death with Dignity?

January 10, 2015
Weekend Poll:  Death with Dignity?

Brittany Maynard recently made headlines.  The recently married 29-year old moved to Oregon so she could take advantage of their “Death with Dignity” law.  Following her marriage, she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, and had suffered from several seizures.

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Faith Crisis Redux

January 6, 2015
Faith Crisis Redux

If there’s one topic that never gets old in the ‘nacle[1] it’s faith crisis.  A few months back, I started to follow a Vietnamese Buddhist group on Facebook because they post quotes I like.  Over the weekend, a group member posted the following, expressing his faith crisis. “I am really having a hard time with […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Apostasy, Buddhism, Criticism, Culture, doubt, emotions, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 27 Comments »

The Gay Cake Debate

December 30, 2014
The Gay Cake Debate

About two years ago, the baker who refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple for their wedding was in the news.  He’s baaack!  Are individual proprietors free to refuse their services to others on any basis they choose, even if it’s discriminatory?  Is it OK to refuse to serve Jews? Or Mormons? […]

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Get Your Piping Hot Feminist Cookies!

December 23, 2014
Get Your Piping Hot Feminist Cookies!

  Just a quick reminder to those writing mormon.org. A feminist cookie is the term for the reward some men seem to be seeking for saying or doing something feminist.  A man congratulating himself on very elementary good treatment of women (for example “I saw a pretty woman, and I didn’t yell at her or […]

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Mormon Sacred Cows

December 16, 2014
Mormon Sacred Cows

“There is no virtue like necessity.”  William Shakespeare (Richard II) In many Indian states, cows are literally sacred.  They are not to be slaughtered, and Hindus do not eat beef.  Cows support human life.  People drink their milk and eat curds and butter.  Cow manure is dried into patties that are used as fuel and […]

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Changing Men, Changing Women

December 9, 2014
Changing Men, Changing Women

I recently read an interesting article in the Atlantic. It noted a few key points about how men are impacted by the women in their lives: Male CEOs with sons (not daughters) pay employees less. Those with firstborn daughters pay all employees including women more. Men with daughters are less enamored of gender stereotypes and […]

Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Education, emotions, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Women, workplace | 65 Comments »

Agency, Schmagency! (Weekend Poll)

December 6, 2014
Agency, Schmagency!  (Weekend Poll)

If our agency is the gift we got for following Jesus’ plan rather than Satan’s salvation-for-all compulsion buffet, is obedience the gift we give back?  Isn’t that just giving up our agency?  Many of us remember that the term has traditionally been “free agency” [2].  Newcomers may be more familiar with the johnny-come-lately term “moral […]

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Polygamy & Me: Weekend Poll

November 29, 2014
Polygamy & Me:  Weekend Poll

A lot has been said about the church’s polygamy essays recently.  Now that the dust has settled, let’s see what you think. Discuss.

Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, Joseph Smith, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Polygamy, Prophet, Women | 23 Comments »

BYU’s Beard Ban: Weekend Poll

November 23, 2014
BYU’s Beard Ban:  Weekend Poll

There has been a lot of discussion about BYU’s no-facial hair policy, including my personal favorite, and the policy that male leaders also must be clean-shaven in some wards and in the highest offices in the church.  What’s your opinion? Discuss.

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Freedom, gender equity, Honor Code, LDS, Modesty, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 23 Comments »

The Early Morning Seminary Conundrum

November 18, 2014
The Early Morning Seminary Conundrum

I wrote the first half of this a year ago. In breaking news, teens are either not getting enough sleep or don’t need as much sleep as we used to think.  Either way, I can state with certainty that parents of teens who attend early morning seminary aren’t getting enough (consecutive) sleep. This is a huge […]

Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, BYU, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Education, Freedom, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, scriptures, seminary | 38 Comments »

Sexting & the Law of Chastity

November 11, 2014
Sexting & the Law of Chastity

For starters, sexting is pretty much a no-no in terms of the law of chastity, and yet, it is common among teens.  As a “no contact” sexual experience [1] it may seem like an easy way to avoid the nasty side-effects of breaking the law of chastity.  Will anyone get pregnant?  No.  Do you have […]

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Posted in Agency, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, emotions, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 23 Comments »

Faith vs. Appeal to Authority

November 3, 2014
Faith vs. Appeal to Authority

The definition of faith is “1. complete trust or confidence in someone or something. 2. strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.” Appeal to authority is a form of unreliable argument used to dismiss contrary evidence by overlooking errors in judgment, bias, dishonestly or groupthink […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, theology | 36 Comments »

The New Polygamy Essays: A Woman’s Perspective

October 27, 2014
The New Polygamy Essays:  A Woman’s Perspective

The church’s new polygamy essays are progressive and more transparent than prior statements on this topic.  For example, a few short years ago when I was teaching Relief Society, the manual regarding the teachings of Joseph Smith specifically forbade teachers from discussing polygamy.  There was also an entire lesson devoted to the “love letters” of […]

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What is the Proclamation on the Family? (Weekend Poll)

October 25, 2014
What is the Proclamation on the Family?  (Weekend Poll)

There are many opinions about the Proclamation, even among the top leaders of the church. What do you think? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Uncategorized | 18 Comments »

Now You See It . . . Now You Don’t

October 21, 2014
Now You See It . . . Now You Don’t

The Mormon news arm, like Singapore’s government, loves to control the message. Sometimes this is done incredibly well. [1]  The “I’m a Mormon” campaign, the Book of Mormon advertising that accompanied the musical, and this week, a piece on garments so frank and direct that it made the Well-Behaved Mormon Woman uncomfortable, even more than […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, social media | 26 Comments »

Books Reviewed: Anne Perry, James Dashner, Shannon Hale, Carys Bray

October 9, 2014
Books Reviewed: Anne Perry, James Dashner, Shannon Hale, Carys Bray

Just recently I’ve found myself reading books by LDS (or ex-LDS) authors consecutively, not that common an occurrence, so I thought I did give a quick review of my thoughts. The most recent was: “The Angel Court Affair” by Anne Perry I have long enjoyed Anne Perry’s Thomas Pitt, and Hester & William Monk series […]

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Posted in Culture, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Reviews, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

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