Sunday in Outer Blogness: Exciting Discussions Edition!!
This past week there were a number of exciting topics that hopped from blog to blog — demonstrating that we’re all connected, and a discussion can hop over the boundaries separating the various LDS-interest communities!!
I have refrained from commenting on the Mormons that have been marching in the various PRIDE parades across the country. I tend to believe in the old adage that if you dont have anything nice to say you shouldnt say anything at all so I have not commented but as I see facebook groups and discussions organizing the Mormons who have marched I dont feel like it is the same as the Unitarians this morning.
I feel like many of the Mormons who are marching are gay Mormons who are caught up in the strange space between gay and Mormon, and many are ex-Mormons or liberal Mormons who are not even accepted by the church in the first place. Im sure some actual card carrying, worthy Mos marched but it does not feel the same to me. It feels more political than sincere. I hate to look down on people attempting to do a good thing, but you cant look down your noses at me believing Im going to be healed in the next life and say that marching in the parade is supporting me and loving me. It is not the same as the UUs…
See, I can imagine lots of scenarios where it appears to help the man socially, religiously and such but it does no such thing for the women (although it still does significant harm spiritually to the man). I cant think of 1 benefit of such an arrangement for her that wouldnt be better with a straight man.
Still, is there a type of woman who is naturally attracted to gay men?
Is there a type of woman who is more likely to marry a gay man?
The most interesting response (?) though may perhaps be the one that came from the CoJCoL-dS in the form of an Ensign article encouraging Mormon women to love — not leave — atheist husbands!! Good!! Fewer good marriages ending in divorce, and fewer people using threats of divorce to pressure people to pretend to believe. It’s a win-win solution for the church as well since the last thing they need is more divorced ladies with kids looking for providers to marry them. Seriously, being a single adult woman in the CoJCoL-dS has to be one of the circles of hell. Not to mention that the more the believers treat a mixed-faith marriage like the ward pity case, the more attractive it looks to follow the non-believing spouse out the door…
What this means is that donations to religions are largely unregulated. In our discussions while investigating the subsidies to religion, we realized that religions would be the ideal way to launder money if you were engaged in an illegal enterprise.