Sunday in Outer Blogness: Taking sides edition!

So, nothing dramatic happened in the Mormonspace in the past week, but the community became more polarized in the wake of John Dehlin's excommunication. Runtu found Elder Holland's discourse surprisingly defensive -- and David T found it disingenuous -- whereas Geoff B found it reassuring. Oh, and a stream of people on the fringes headed for the church exits: I don’t want to have to choose between honesty and my church membership – nor do I expect to. But John’s excommunication has made Read more [...]

Sunday in Outer Blogness: The crux of the problem edition!

What a week! By now you know the excommunication axe finally fell on John Dehlin!! How could you not know? -- Dehlin is a man with an impressive list of press contacts (see the transcript in the New York Times!). The CoJCoL-dS must have known that X'ing JD would just hand him the moral high ground while making the church look bad in the process -- yet they did it anyway!!! Why? Why? Why??? Get set for analysis of this question from all over blogspace! Plus loads of podcasts! :D The danger Read more [...]

Congratulations 2014 Brodie Award Winners!!!

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The results are in!! Here are the folks who will be taking home a coveted Brodie Award this year!! Naturally I especially want to congratulate the winners, but there were so many great nominations this year (and so many tight races) that I'd like to congratulate everyone who participated! (The final numbers and links to all nominees are here on the voting page.) Year-long awards for people and websites: Best New Blog: Funny Mormon Memes Best Discussion Forum: Exmormon Reddit Best Humor/Satire Read more [...]

Sunday in Outer Blogness: Spotlight on John and Kate edition!

Before we begin, I just want to remind everyone that there are only a few days left to vote for the Brodie Awards -- and some of those races are really close, so get out there and vote!! (Also note: the Wheaties/Tarefic winners were announced, and sadly we didn't win...) Now for the big news -- John Dehlin will be facing church discipline today!! This has presented a great opportunity for his foes to explain how horrible he is, for his fans to rally around him, for fence-sitters to offer general Read more [...]

Sunday in Outer Blogness: Awards Season Edition!!

This is the worst possible week to have a double-edition of SiOB because the Brodie Awards voting has begun!! It's time to give a little extra recognition to all of the very good works of the past year, so I hope you'll take the time to click on the links of the various nominees and have a look -- particularly at pieces you might not have seen when they first appeared. (Also, if you like Sunday in Outer Blogness and the various awards, etc., that we host here at Main Street Plaza, please pop on over Read more [...]

Vote Here for the 2014 Brodie Awards!!!

It's time to vote!! Here's your opportunity to review all of the best works from 2014 and reward your favorites!! I added a few nominations since my earlier post so be sure to have a look at all the choices! The corresponding links are found below each poll. Year-long awards for people and websites: Best New Blog Brodies 2014: Best New Blog Nearing Kolob lds.net blog Funny Mormon Memes Mormonism 101 Gospel Doctrine for the Godless Mormons are Funny God's Meeting Minutes Sheep Dip weird Read more [...]

Why Nathaniel Givens Can’t Face Reality (or the real reason John Dehlin is going to be excommunicated)

Nathaniel Givens' latest article on John Dehlin just went live on Meridian Magazine's website.   While it's unlikely responding to Givens will do much to alter the opinions of those already decided on this matter, I realized as I read his article that I wasn't reading it how most Meridian Magazine readers might read it.  So, here are my thoughts as I read his article. First, his opening line is a winner: "Excommunication is always evidence of deep spiritual tragedy." Givens asserts a truth Read more [...]

Sunday in Outer Blogness: Weekend in Paris Edition

Folks, I'm going to have to give my apologies this time. we spent the weekend in Paris, and I thought I'd have time to do SiOB upon my return (otherwise I would have asked someone to fill in), but when we got home at 9pm, we were dead tired, and the kids still had homework. And now I have to go to work and I'm still tired, plus I have to catch up on the stuff I normally do over the weekend (laundry, grocery shopping, etc.). So it looks like it's just not going to happen this time. But you can Read more [...]

Last Call for Brodies Nominations!!

Wow, have we got a lot of great nominations this year!! Thanks to all who spent the time to review the works of the past year and nominate the best!! I have gathered up all of the nominations and worked out the (more-or-less) final categories -- with remarks for you on possible final changes. Note: if you are an author, and you have more than one nomination in a single category, you may request to have only your favorite of your pieces go on to the voting phase (to avoid competing against yourself). Read more [...]

Congratulations to X-Mormon of the Year 2014: Kate Kelly!!!

2014 has been quite a year for Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly! After again asking to be admitted to the priesthood session of General Conference, Kate Kelly was excommunicated (in absentia) by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Kate Kelly's excommunication received widespread attention in the news, in part because it highlighted what will get you excommunicated and what won't: Ms. Kelly, a human rights lawyer, was excommunicated for organizing a group to petition the leaders Read more [...]
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