It’s time for that age-old rivalry: Red vs. Blue!! (Despite my years in Mormonism, I never had any connection with this football rivalry, but maybe some of you know something about it.) In other tribes, k wrote about some unique Mormon doctrines — and is curious about the fact that you are told which tribe of Israel you belong to at your patriarchal blessing. And J G-W — writing from the Affirmation Conference — seems confident that Affirmation is moving towards affirming GLBT Mormons’ faith in the CoJCoL-dS.
We all know that a lot of friends and family get excluded from Mormon weddings (because only observant, adult Mormons are allowed to attend temple weddings), and that Family First Weddings is trying to convince the church to stop penalizing people for having a civil ceremony along with a temple wedding. Well, it turns out that excluding people who aren’t observant enough may be counter-productive to fostering a connection with the community:
It reminds me of going to Orthodox Talmud Torah as a kid. They told us that any one of us who married a non-Jew was fulfilling Hitler’s plan. They also told us that if the United States ever went to war with Israel, we would have to fight on Israel’s side. Fair to say they took commitment to the Jewish people fairly seriously.
But I actually like those guys, in retrospect, better than I like this article! Because let’s face it — they knew my family didn’t keep kosher. They knew we weren’t shomer shabbos and they knew that when we came to pray on Saturday morning, we drove there, parked three blocks from shul, and walked the rest of the way, just to keep up appearances. It wasn’t a problem. They let me keep going to Hebrew School there, and they let me stand up and be bar mitzvahed there just as if I were observant. I think it’s fair to say I learned a lot there that helped keep me part of the Jewish community for life.
There’s a similar sort of story here.
Denver Snuffer’s excommunication is still inspiring commentary. Alan Rock Waterman came up with an allegory comparing the CoJCoL-dS to KFC:
In the middle of all this trouble, you hear about one of your employees out of Idaho. He is not a member of top management, just a nobody from the hinterlands; but this guy is saying things that are resonating with your customers. It’s true, he tells them, their suspicions are correct. Kentucky Fried Chicken has been going downhill ever since the death of Colonel Sanders. But his message to your customers is one of optimism: Don’t Despair. Stay with the brand. Management may have made some goofball mistakes over the years, but managers are only human and those mistakes can be corrected. The good news is that Original Recipe Chicken is still available if you look for it.
As a member of the board of directors, what do you about this employee? Well you fire him, of course.
Ren provided an interesting counterpoint:
If you’re going to publish material and imply the current leadership is in a state of apostasy, what do you expect? I would have been surprised if they hadn’t ex’d him. I don’t know a lot about Snuffer but what I have heard in interviews and read on his blog, he reminds me of Jim Harmston. [...] Snuffer strikes me as disingenuous in his blog posts about this, playing the role – consciously or not – of humble “gee golly, who me, controversial?” guy.
On that note, did the narrator get ex’d too, or something? And now not only are women tempting fate by trying to attend the men-only priesthood session, a woman had her husband ordain her to the to the Melchizedek Priesthood — with the blessing of Heavenly Mother. If only the CoJCoL-dS could come up with an object lesson about the gender-segregated priesthood — one that works, not this umbrella thing.
Rachel Whipple warned that you can’t believe everything you hear in church — but I still think it would be easier for Mormons to keep track of their own doctrine if the church didn’t discourage discussion of controversial doctrines, like these sacred temple rituals.
LDS Philosopher got off to a good start with this discussion of pragmatic vs. monastic doctrines and practices, but then wrongly categorized condemnation os same-sex marriage in the pragmatic cross-belief practices category. Runtu wrote a great illustration of where that logic leads.
This week’s scripture topic appears to be Pharisees. Alex detected a certain irony in a Mormon song about this tale of not being able to see what doesn’t fit your picture of the world. Daniel also wrote a comic on bias, plus Dad’s Primal Scream had a related encounter with a commenter:
I find it curious that a stranger over the Internet finds my 18 year-old self unqualified to have served a mission while my then-Bishop, my then-Stake President and the then President of the LDS Church felt otherwise. In the same vein, in order to teach at the MTC in Provo, my then-Mission President wrote a letter of recommendation attesting to the fact that he considered me in the top 10% of missionaries who served with him. Yet 30 years after the fact, you a stranger on the Internet, are able to discern otherwise.
In life journeys, check out the things Bill does now that he’s no longer LDS! Donna is still having Mormon dreams, but they’re funny now. Dave has developed some emotional distance from the CoJCoL-dS. Hackman mused on his old worldview. Lindsay is coming out again: “The difference this time is that instead of coming out of anger [when I came out as no longer being LDS], I’m coming out from a point of openness and love.”
Politics came up quite a bit this past week. Little miss attitude had some complaints about the GOP (related to SNAP), and Glen Beck has come unhinged. Kevin Dudley explained why he won’t be voting for David Alvord for mayor. On the other hand, GeorgeH highlighted a conservative Republican who is urging people to take climate change seriously. Also, news has come to light of an incredible catastrophe that was narrowly avoided in the 60′s (and covered up).
Now for the grab bag: Some infographics, an imaginary country, a book review: Into The Jungle – Great Adventures In The Search For Evolution, and Elder Gandy is back.
Now it’s time for some laundry and helping-the-kids-with-homework. Happy reading and happy Sunday!