This is the worst possible week to have a double-edition of SiOB because the Brodie Awards voting has begun!! It’s time to give a little extra recognition to all of the very good works of the past year, so I hope you’ll take the time to click on the links of the various nominees and have a look — particularly at pieces you might not have seen when they first appeared. (Also, if you like Sunday in Outer Blogness and the various awards, etc., that we host here at Main Street Plaza, please pop on over to the Wheaties/Tarefic Awards to vote for us — I think today is the last day of their voting period.)
But instead of letting you peacefully review the nominees, Elders Oaks and Holland have conspired to make it an amusing week!! In a nutshell, they held a press conference about how the CoJCoL-dS is going to support anti-discrimination laws for homosexuals — which some hailed as a grand step forward — except… they still support protecting the right to discriminate, which kinda doesn’t make any sense:
LGBT people do not need protection from those who would not discriminate anyway, but rather from those who would. It doesn’t matter where the discrimination comes from, or why, but rather such legislation says that citizens of this country shall not be discriminated against in housing, employment and public accommodations because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Also, they buried the meager good stuff under a deep pile of misconceptions about how freedom of expression works, false or misleading examples, and general whining about how the church is the real victim here. This led people to wonder whether they’re intentionally polarizing the discussion or whether they’re just jerks.
The icing on the cake was Oaks’ later quote:
I know that the history of the church is not to seek apologies or to give them
So what happened to John Dehlin and his impending excommunication? (Seriously, does anyone know why nothing about it has shown up in any of my feeds?) How about a turnabout to illustrate the church’s double-standard in discipline.
Here‘s an interesting look at a Catholic looking seriously at why people leave — do you think these old guys are capable of the same? And how is your burning bosom (or something) like a compass inside a tank?
In scripture study, Gospel Doctrine for the Godless offered some really interesting insights on linguistic and philosophical problems with the New Testament (plus contradictions), and the Book of Mormon study hit the parts where they accurately prophesy about stuff that happened before the book was written, plus some odd war stories.
In history, Mithryn posted a tithing bailout timeline.
Happy reading and happy voting!! 😀