You may have heard that a lost civilization was discovered in the jungles of Honduras. Evidence for the Book of Mormon? Sadly, no. Simon Southerton gave an overview of the main apologist strategies for dealing with the problem, and Mithryn made an excellent point about the central problem with Book of Mormon archaeology. (He also wrote a an interesting review of Ryan Cragun's religion and science podcast.)
Now that the CoJCoL-dS has stopped working against it, marriage equality is gaining Read more [...]
From Benson's crazy commie-hatin' days, to Paul H. Dunn's deep diving lies, to little discrepancies in Monson's talks, this category of posts on my blog, "Exploring Mormonism" reveals how much these men speak as men.
Hopefully the in-depth fact checking of some of the more influential leaders, conference talks, Ensign articles, and so forth will help illustrate that even the very influential statements aren't inspired, but should be counted about as worthy as any other old man's advice.
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Summertime is upon us, which means it's time for planning for the annual Pride parades. Last year was the first time Mormons marched in Pride in large numbers. The contingent in Salt Lake City was the largest, marching behind a banner titled Mormons Building Bridges (MBB). MBB garnered nearly all the media attention, despite the fact that smaller contingents (such as Mormons for Marriage Equality) organized in far more cities across the country with messages advocating equality (e.g., marriage Read more [...]
On the even of the most dreaded holiday for women on the Mormon liturgical calendar, Elizabeth Smart made a statement explaining what's wrong with object lessons teaching girls that after having sex, they're used-up and disgusting, like chewed-gum, sparking lots of discussion (including about other unhelpful chastity lessons). But since it would be unimaginable for Mormons to drop object lessons altogether, some folks have come up with some more positive metaphors illustrating that your worth is Read more [...]
I am absolutely convinced that the only thing that stands between the successful prosecution of the leadership of the Mormon Church for fraud and their exposure for blasphemy, is the simple collective united grass roots will of a relatively modest representative number the American people and, particularly of the ex-Mormon community, to support this cause and demand that their public officials attend to this matter. It is highly unlikely that this representative critical mass of support will be accomplished Read more [...]
From Deseret News, my favorite news item of this week:
“My mom will sometimes say, ‘I can’t believe I brought you to that show. None of this would have happened.’[...] While the musical has been called irreverent and crude, some of the lyrics still have special, sentimental value to Morong. The words, “If you believe, the Lord will reveal it. And you'll know it's all true — you'll just feel it,” from the show’s song “I Believe,” still resonate with Morong because she feels Read more [...]
I wanted to announce how happy I am to see the growth of the DAMU (Disaffected Mormon Underground) over the last 6 years I have been part of the discussion--starting out as a scared lurker hiding from his wife in a dark room with a laptop as if a discussion forum were some kind of porn, and moving on to become the perfected man whose countenance shines before you today:)
There is something for every doubter and dissident:
MormonThink for the facts
Postmormon for rational discussion,
Mormon Read more [...]
"Since my religious disaffection from the Mormon Church, I have had to come to terms with the fact that I am going to die."
That's Steve Bloor facing his mortality -- read the rest here. So Says Me told the tale of getting over the self-hatred of an eating disorder, while the Cotton Floozy offers some fatspiration. Maybe not quite as serious, but still poignant was Leia's story of a beautiful gown (from her Mormon grandma!) that wasn't quite modest enough -- next time call Randy! Calling people Read more [...]
If you haven't heard, the LDS Church issued a statement on the policy change the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is considering that would allow gay scouts - but no gay scout masters. The statement is a masterpiece of subtlety and nuance - it says everything without saying anything.
Of note, the words "gay" and "homosexual" don't appear in the statement.
A lot has been made about this statement as it seems laudatory of the change. But the statement never clearly comes out and says, "Yep, we Read more [...]
My last post asserted that God is a jerk. I think the evidence supports that assertions pretty well. But maybe he's a jerk with a really great sense of humor? Maybe everything seems so ridiculous to us because it amuses him to watch us run around and be scared and look utterly goofy? Maybe we are to him what a cat in a shark suit on a roomba terrorizing a duckling is to us?
Anyway. Just turn off all other media, turn the sound up on your computer, enlarge this video to full screen, and Read more [...]