Let’s see what’s up in the world of former-Mormons-and-friends this week! Two people have moved on from discussing Mormonism, one has posted an exit story, others are working through their Mormon issues, dreaming of Mormons, contemplating other people’s choices — or interpreting miracles! Jonathan Blake asks whether we should express gratitude to an uncaring universe. LittleMissAttitude is knee-deep in NaNoWriMo, Dad’s primal scream visited the Joseph Smith sphynx, and Smorg has further fun adventures with the Mishies!
The folks who are still in the church discuss why it’s not OK to make suggestions to the church authorities (then they go ahead and make some suggestions). I say the best part of Mormonism is this sort of activity — so much better than awful object lessons. (Different strokes for different folks, though, I guess — some even like worthiness interviews!)
As usual, the point of greatest obsession is what the women and girls are wearing! It gets to the point where simply wearing pants is hugely empowering. And the Mormon women are getting a little tired of the “Hey, it’s not me, it’s God“ excuse that they get from them men shutting women out of positions of respect and authority. (Not to mention the separate and unequal training, starting from the cradle.) But kudos to the publishers of “Monsters and Mormons” for finally using sister-missionaries as a symbol of Mormonism!
Another big question this week was about the Book of Mormon: Does it matter whether or not it’s true? Chino says even orthodox Mormons no longer behave as if they actually believed the Book of Mormon. Yet some people still interested in examining the physical evidence (and studying the Joseph Smith story as well).
So, how and where is the 99% movement going? Some wonder how a movement can have no clear leaders, and think the protest ought to have clear demands that can fit in a sound byte. Meanwhile US leaders are voting on very important issues (and de-toothing the laws they are voting on. (Are you guys bored of Mitt and the Christian/Republican circus yet?)