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 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 [...]

Sunday in Outer Blogness: Countdown to Excommunication Edition!

Before beginning this week's links, I want to remind everyone that the Brodie Award nominations are going strong! I will try to consolidate the categories and add my own nominations on Thursday (at which point you'll have some more time to add your nominations in the final categories) -- but I encourage you to look through the nomination thread and see if you have any nominations to add in categories suggested by others, as this can influence the final category list. Also note, the Wheaties/Tareific Read more [...]

Sunday in Outer Blogness: Free Speech Edition!

You guys have surely seen the horrible story this week from France. Don't forget that that a defence of Charlie Hebdo must also turn into defence of other blasphemers and apostates, like this blogger in Saudi Arabia who was publicly whipped. One way to "act locally" is to be seen being good. Runtu also has some good insights on the threat of comedy: I think I know why humor is so threatening: when you can laugh at something, it means you aren’t afraid of it, and you don’t take it seriously. Read more [...]

Time to vote for X-Mormon of the Year 2014!!!

Thanks for all the great nominations, folks!! Now it's time to vote!! Before we begin, I'd like to remind everyone that "X-Mormon of the Year" is not a lifetime achievement award -- it's for the X-Mormon who had the biggest impact in 2014. We might consider adding a lifetime achievement award at some point. OTOH, if your favorite X-Mormon kept a low profile in 2014, s/he just might burn the church down next year -- you never know! :D (Well, except the one that died...) Anyway, without further Read more [...]

Should “My Husband’s Not Gay” Air?

The president of GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), Sarah Kate Ellis, has argued that the new TLC show "My Husband's Not Gay" should not air. She saysThis show is downright irresponsible. No one can change who they love, and, more importantly, no one should have to. A petition to end it before it begins presently has almost 85,000 over 91,000 signatures. Folks are saying that broadcasting the notion that you can live a "straight life for your faith community" continues to Read more [...]

Sunday in Outer Blogness: Keeping the myth in Smythmas edition!

The awards season is off to a great start! We've got lots of great nominees for X-Mormon of the year (the voting will start this week), and nominations for the Brodies have begun!! This is your cue to review your favorite posts, etc. from 2014 and help them get a little extra recognition! Meanwhile, life goes on in Mormondom. Parker has been leading an amusing discussion of Meg Stout's series claiming Joseph Smith didn't have sex with his plural wives, and Stout herself was kind enough to entertain Read more [...]
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