Atheist pride . . .?

Normally I hate it when I see atheism accused of being just another religion (or worse: just another faith) because of, well, the usual “is bald a hair color?” (or “Is ‘not collecting stamps’ a hobby?”) argument that I won’t waste your time repeating here today. Yet I was perversely pleased to see atheists make it onto some of the lists of groups who — like Mormons — think they’re better than everyone else in a comment here. Continue reading “Atheist pride . . .?”

Should the LDS church “raise the bar” to exclude liberals and NOMs?

We got an interesting comment from Remeny the other day regarding the ‘Naclers (including us) who have criticized President Beck’s talk:

The church has raised the bar for missionaries to serve. Since then the number of missionaries have decreased, but the quality of missionary has increased. So it should be with current members of the church. We should raise our own bars and live better than we have been. The church might lose a few members, but the quality of member will be better. Continue reading “Should the LDS church “raise the bar” to exclude liberals and NOMs?”

Children — not possessions, not position, not prestige — are our greatest status symbols

OK, I know I probably shouldn’t be posting my own personal complaint about the talk that has already been deconstructed all over the Bloggernacle. But all this debate over career vs. getting your whites whiter than white seems to have missed what (to me) was the most disturbing thing in the entire talk. Continue reading “Children — not possessions, not position, not prestige — are our greatest status symbols”

A question of morality…

As if our usual three-hour services weren’t sufficient, after dinner on Sunday Rex, Joy, and I had a youth fireside to attend at the bishop’s house. Logically Rex shouldn’t have been required to attend since he was eighteen and hence no longer in the youth program, but Mom insisted that she wanted him to go. Actually none of would have gone if we’d had a choice. So naturally we dragged our heels a bit getting there and arrived late. Read the rest of the story »

You’re my obsession (SW continues…)

(Please review the caution.)

During rehearsals over the course of the next few weeks, I had at least some individual attention from Walter essentially every time. I couldn’t really be sure that that meant I was making progress with him, though, since he seemed to take time out to talk to each of the girls in turn during each rehearsal. Basically whenever he wasn’t actively rehearsing a scene, he would go find some girl or other to flirt with. Read the rest of the story »

How to deconvert ’em just enough…

DMI Dave recently wrote a piece on how to be a good anti-Mormon. His first recommendation? “be a good Christian.”

I have to agree with Dave on this one since — although atheists famously can’t speak for one another — I don’t think any self-respecting atheist would choose to be an “anti-Mormon” and pick on Mormons full-time (as opposed to criticizing religion in general).

Then, reading on, it hit me that Dave’s definition of “good anti-Mormon” appears to be “an anti-Mormon who is not inadvertently producing more atheist or agnostic exmos than Christian exmos.” The Evangelical article Dave is responding to (We Push Them Out Into What?) as well a follow-up Evangelical article elsewhere (How to Win Friends and Influence Mormons) seem to be using the same criterion. Continue reading “How to deconvert ’em just enough…”

The bad guys are good and the good guys are awful! (SW continues…)

The babysitting job that I was splitting with Joy was at the house of the Jensens, who were non-members. It was fun having Joy along for a job like this one since it was one where the kids went to bed right off the bat, and all we had to do was hang out and be there to make sure nothing bad happened to them while their parents were gone.

This was a fantastic task since the Jensen’s house was full of tempting delights. I almost would have been willing to pay to spend the evening there if I weren’t being paid to do it. Read the rest of the story »

It’s cool to be a smart mom

It is cool to be a smart mom, and I hope I am one. So I’ve been trying to figure out precisely how to explain why I found the following quote “I think it would be cool to both be smart and be a mom—to be a smart mom” so disturbing in the context of The New Era article “Seek Learning.” Bull has posted the article here and the youth follow-up quotes here. Continue reading “It’s cool to be a smart mom”