Final religious amicus brief on US same-sex marriage

I've been following the same-sex marriage debate on the legal front since the days of Prop 8. In 2010, Judge Walker gave his damning ruling that "a gender restriction on marriage is nothing more than an artifact of a foregone notion that men and women fulfill different roles in civic life." Such language struck at the heart of the patriarchy in the positions of maintaining opposite-gender marriage only. The Catholic, Mormon and conservative Protestant faiths do not permit female ordination; because Read more [...]

Sunday in Outer Blogness: Changing of the guard edition!

The CoJCoL-dS has a very interesting way of including God in the process of deciding who gets to be the next supreme leader: of the eligible prophets, seers, and revelators, the president is the one with the most seniority that God hasn't killed. Yet. Now it looks like God is getting ready to retire some leaders. Unfortunately, this system makes it a little creepy and morbid to do something completely ordinary like pick your favorite new leaders or calculate whether your favorite might win. (For Read more [...]

Sunday in Outer Blogness: Opposition Edition!

What's up with those who voted "opposed" in conference? Maybe this interview will help explain it. One person who participated (in spirit) described some reasons: My main issue is that the church needs to have a way for the average member to bring up an issue without being demonized. He said there is a way. Bishop first. Then Stake President. I countered with "But my issues are treatment of LGBT people and no financial transparency and gender inequality issues. How can you help with that?" I also Read more [...]

Sunday in Outer Blogness: Conference Review Edition!

General Conference was last weekend, so this SiOB is the traditional wrap-up of the commentary after everyone's digested it a bit. Especially the nardoo: My faith is starving, full of nutritionless spiritual nardoo but too weak to stand, and I’m scared that our tiny baby steps of progress—women praying in General Conference; pictures of women leaders hanging in the Conference Center— can’t cross the desert fast enough to feed me. This is a crisis of faith too, as it ultimately means my Read more [...]

Thoughts on RFRAs and Nondiscrimination

Renewed interest in Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (e.g., Indiana, Arkansas) has arisen because everyone knows the US Supreme Court will okay gay marriage for the country in a few months. Conservative religious people and entities want to be in a comfortable position when this uncomfortable reality hits -- they want to still feel like this is "their" country, too. For example, the LDS Church's push for compromise in Utah, which lead to last month's nondiscrimination bill with religious exemptions, Read more [...]

Sunday in Outer Blogness: Easter Conference Drama Edition!

What's the best way to spend a long holiday weekend? If you said "watching General Conference", you may be Mormon! Normally the most boring activity known to man (the faithful give tips on making your kids watch and staying awake), this conference was livened up by five people who decided to stand up and voice their opposition during the "any opposed?" part. They were loud enough to be heard on the broadcast, so the PSR (prophet/seer/revelator) at the podium had to acknowledge them. Though Read more [...]

Sunday in Outer Blogness: Y Be Free edition!

The challenge to BYU's accreditation has hit the presses!! Let's see what happens! Theoretically it's OK to be gay at BYU, but not everybody got the memo. In the meantime, FreeBYU has started posting profiles. And what is the CoCJoL-dS up to these days? I mean, besides conference. Not what you might guess! The top guys are still a bit wary of technology and the future. (Fortunately, now members are allowed to be gay on Facebook.) Doubts are the big danger to what the church offers: some big Read more [...]

Sunday in Outer Blogness: New directions edition!

This week's biggest topic was Elder Christofferson's talk about how it's now (sort of?) OK for faithful Mormons to support gay marriage. See this great analysis: Oops, he does go ahead and mention that by short term he really means “all of mortal life” – and then he doesn’t bother to remind you that on the issue of homosexuality, the “commandments and principles” of the church are that it is 1) an immoral sexual perversion 2) something which can be eliminated through the process of Read more [...]

LDS Church becoming more and more Orwellian on gay issues

The Presbyterian Church voted today to alter its stance on marriage: Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives. This is the kind of definition that attempts to blend the old with the new, kind of like how the LDS Church has taken steps to publicly support LGBT rights, but not marriage/same-sex intimacy. The difference is that whereas the Presbyterian Church now actually welcomes Read more [...]

Sunday in Outer Blogness: The Empire Keeps Striking Back Edition!

Another blogger has been threatened with excommunication! Kirk Van Allen criticized D&C 132 and was told by local leaders to delete or modify the post, or else! (Don't miss FAIR's 31-page rebuttal!) In addition to that story, Nearing Kolob has been doing some really interesting investigation into the changes in the missionary iPad program: they want to teach missionaries how to protect themselves from pornography while they are on their mission, so they can know how to avoid it when they go Read more [...]
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