If you haven’t heard, the CoJCoL-dS decided to dust off the old scriptures, polish ‘em up, and give them a slightly different meaning. A bit of additional hedging. The most dramatic change was to shy away from the claim that the Book of Abraham was translated from the papyrus in Joseph Smith’s possession — a controversial idea, as we learned here at MSP!! Many of the faithful applaud this change for obvious reasons, and some are even presenting the old “translating from the papyrus” claim as a straw-man.
Of course, it’s not the first time they’ve changed the BoA’s explanatory intro — see this this history — and it’s not the only part that was changed. (Actually, it’s interesting to note how much Mormon temples changed in purpose during the early days of the church.) The colorful BoA has distracted us from the interesting racial re-explaining plus some interesting polygamy whitewash!
The briefs are mounting for the Supreme Court case against DOMA, and Utah reaffirmed non-discrimination for sexual orientation, with help from some faithful Latter-day Saints who are living in the future.
In the same vein as the breastfeeding in church controversy, excluding half the people from the authority they need to do their jobs doesn’t work. Not Mormon-related, but this is my favorite reaction to the endless refrain that women “can’t have it all”:
Did you notice that somebody’s missing from this story? Somebody else who could have gone to the birthday assembly? Somebody with a penis?
You read articles like this all the time, usually under some heading that says, in many words or few, “Women can’t have it all.” But what these articles call “having it all” and treat as an impossible fantasy – being a good, loving parent without sacrificing work ambition — is what men call “daily life.”
But let’s not just dump on Mormonism. It has its strange bits that even the faithful don’t agree on, but some items encouraged by Mormonism are cool — like this for example! Also, tattoos can be cool — Mormon and otherwise.
I discussion topics, Andrew S has an interesting take on post-Mormon morality — just look at the helpful moral instruction offered by Mormonism! Another person has noticed the frog-in-a-pot/milk-before-meat parallel.
There were quite a number of faith journeys this past week! An apologist figured out that the Mormon Interpreter is not a real academic journal, the last debate before leaving Christianity, a video on gaining perspective, an explanation for joining the church in the first place, embracing asexuality, following in the footsteps of an ancestor, feeling the spirit as evidence it’s not real, keeping the church experience after dumping the myth, and a whole new Mormon-to-atheist blog!!
Also, this humor site looks like a good opportunity to share your talents!
Sorry for the lateness of this post! The good news is that (as of today) there are no more unsorted boxes left in my apartment!!! They’re all in the basement now, and most of them are even sorted!! Oh, and what do you think of our shiny new domain name “mainstreetplaza.com”? Pretty cool, huh?