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OK, so I'm totally done with all of the righteous indignation I can handle for this week, what with that scary little lecture we had earlier. Fortunately, we've also had a bunch of positive ideas and feel-good stories in Outer Blogness and beyond!
I'd like to start by highlighting some constructive ideas coming through the channels of religion, so that we don't get our picture of religion skewed too far to the negative side. A self-described "postmodern Christian" reports on a set of noble and Read more [...]
All of the levity over Mormon being the new black is a bit of a sideshow -- obscuring the meat of what Elder Oaks is proposing:
Those who seek to change the foundation of marriage should not be allowed to pretend that those who defend the ancient order are trampling on civil rights.
They shouldn't be allowed to make that claim? And what do you (Oaks) think should be done to prevent them from being "allowed" to exercise their free speech on this point? Some sort of legal limitation on your Read more [...]
It has got to be the most popular rhetorical trick in the bag these days!
It goes something like this: Someone criticizes you (accusing you of, say, "X"), but you don't want to have to answer the charge. You don't want to even have to think about whether the charge is accurate. What do you do? Remember that the best defense is a good offense, and turn it around! Say: "Nuh-uh! I'm not X -- you're the one that's X!"
This works great because it deflects the criticism off of you and onto your Read more [...]
Between buildings we passed by a pharmacy that had in its display window a large poster advertising some sort of mysterious medication. The image on the poster was a soft black-and-white shot of a nude woman looking off into the distance with her breasts completely exposed to view. Read the rest of the story
Sorry about missing last week, folks! We spent the weekend in Boston (as you can see from the photographic evidence here and here), and I meant to get back in time to do my usual weekend roundup, but didn't. Fortunately, it was conference weekend, so I didn't miss much, and -- doubly fortunately -- USU SHAFT provided this helpful synopsis for people like me who didn't have time to watch the whole conference. (If you want a little more detail, see third-wave Mormon's live blogging posts.)
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Antelopes and giraffes have a few things in common, right? Four legs, both mammals. We consider them fundamentally different creatures. Now lets say a third animal comes running alongside them. One that resembles an antelope, but it also has a number of qualities that a giraffe has. Maybe it has long legs or maybe it has spots. Should we say and I think this should be in a British accent: that animal there is fundamentally an antelope with a few giraffe qualities. Or should we give the creature Read more [...]
Check out this YouTube clip:
Random thoughts after an initial look at this ad:
1) Weren't Adam and Eve supposed to be nekkid in Eden?
2) Jesus did not approve this message.
3) It will convince many in Washington that its creators truly are Zoids from planet Dork.
But the most important thing about this ad?
Where have we seen that Adam and Eve before? Oh, right: LDS.org
Artist, Lowell Bruce Bennett.
Artwork 2002 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. (a.k.a. the Mormon church).
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The next morning, after Elder Beaverton and I had done our usual personal study and companion study, we set off to go out tracting. As usual, no one wanted to let us in. To break up the tedium and frustration of it, we played little games to vary our door approach such as picking a particular word we’d have to work into our opening line somehow. Read the rest of the story
Back in the days when I paid attention to General Conference, I always attended the priesthood session with my wife's father and brother. I enjoyed the tradition of returning to report some fantastic fictional revelation to my wife and her mother. I call this a tradition because I did it every time, but I was the only one who ever did.
When I returned from the priesthood session in October 2000, shortly after I was baptized, I reported that President Hinckley had a revelation that all worthy women Read more [...]