Sunday in Outer Blogness: Beliefs and Actions Edition!
This past week has seen a lot of discussion about capital punishment (and other pro-life questions). Interestingly economic discussions also seem guided by religious ideology. And don’t forget the military. Is it even possible to talk about politics without taking about religion?
In this week’s religious journeys, Eliza is at the point where she’s simply rooting for her friend’s happiness — rather than specifically hoping her friend will leave Mormonism, and Sulli doesn’t remember when General Conference is anymore. Saganist attended church for the first time in months (for his kids’ primary program), and found it worse than he remembered it. Amy has arrived at atheism, inspiring Andrew S to contemplate the different types of exmo atheists.
In community-building, John G-W asks whether a “big tent” gay Mormon movement is possible. Tachyon Feathertail finds church not to be very family-friendly, but leaving the church doesn’t always lead to friendliness either. Andrew again has some great insights and analysis of Bloggernacle community and history.
If you’d like some detailed LDS rule codes, read here about temple garments, and the BYU Honor Code. In other discussions that the CoJCoL-dS would like to see vanish, it seems like more polygamists are going public (but, like Santorum the CoJCoL-dS is perhaps learning that trying to hush a discussion is counter-productive). In other interesting LDS beliefs, the gender wars are going strong, as hawkgrrrl parodied a patronizing statement about LDS women, sparking cross-blog discussion.
Books! It turns out Therese isn’t the only one with a new book out — there’s also Raptor Jesus (not to be confused with Dino Jesus), and a historical novel about polygamy. Just Zena has a series of sexy Molly stories, and Ward Gossip has entered the terrible twos — with a retrospective of her two years of fun in Outer Blogness. The Student Review is back in print! Aerin found self-censorship in her old journal. And there’s always room for more analysis of the Bible.
And let’s close with some discussion questions! Would you sell your soul for a delicious cookie? Also have you been listening to the Cultural Hall Podcast? This quote is making my brain explode: “I love the idea of a Testimony Glove. I love what it teaches.” Because that whole open-microphone thing once a month just wasn’t correlated enough, so people need a glove to remind them of what they’re supposed to say. Have I just been out of the Mormon mindset too long to comprehend it….?