Joanna Brooks has a worthy piece on Mormon Prop 8 involvement currently up on the front page of Religion Dispatches.
This next bit is just me filling in a (minor) gap in the reporting:
"A primary source of Mormon messaging during the Proposition 8 campaign was the anonymously-authored 'Six Consequences if Prop 8 Fails' document, which went viral across Mormon social networks after its introduction by email in mid-August and was utilized as a training document and handout in the Mormon-coordinated Read more [...]
We have got some really great nominations so far for the Brodies!!
In order to help give you some ideas, here are some of the categories that have been suggested:
Best humor piece
Funniest person or site
Longest discussion about obscure philosophical concepts
Best historical post
Best response to apologetics
Best book/movie/play/music review
Best new blog or site
Best deconversion story
Best exit/excommunication story
Best "dealing with family religious Read more [...]
So, this article in OpEdNews popped up in my Google News alerts today: The Sinister Entity Behind the Christian Facade of Mormonism. It's by a guy named Douglas A. Wallace, who appears to be an embittered ex-Mormon who actually had a rather prominent position at some point in the past - mission architect (per his own bio, mind you). The article appears to be an ad for his book, Under The Mormon Tree.
My first question: Does anyone know anything about this guy? Has anyone heard of him before?
My Read more [...]
The Mormon Alumni Association announces the "Spawn of Brodie" awards!! They're like Oscars or Emmys for X-Mormon online excellence! Obviously, the idea is based on the Bloggernacle's Niblets awards, which we're participating in (see, for example, Sunday in Outer Blogness in the write-in category). However, in comments around the Bloggernacle, some of the faithful made it clear that having apostates hanging around is cramping their style. (Note that this is not an invitation to respond to them Read more [...]
Wherever people talk about Mormonism, you always hear about the fundamentalist Mormons: the polygamists. On the LDS-interest Internet there's tons of discussion of modern-day polygamy usually in a hand-wringing what should be done about them kind of way. Naturally, I was glad when I finally got the opportunity to meet some real-life fundamentalist Mormons, and listen to their perspective.
I was at the Sunstone Symposium, and merely attending the panel by/about the polygamist community was already Read more [...]
While taking in nominations, I was surprised by how accomplished and undersung X-Mormons are. Fortunately the Mormon Alumni Association is here to remedy the situation with a brand-new yearly award for the X-Mormon who has made the biggest impact!!! And we will make every effort to send the winner a T-shirt (with the official William Law award graphic).
Here are the illustrious nominees:
Chad Hardy: In 2009 he created a second controversial calendar: Hot Mormon Muffins. He has also been engaged Read more [...]
As you know, tomorrow we'll begin voting for the Mormon Alumni Association's William Law X-Mormon of the Year Award. But don't let that distract you from voting in the Niblets. A number of people from our community have been nominated, and there's no reason a dark horse shouldn't win. :D
p.s. Thanks to Chino for the Alumni Association logo! What do you guys think of it? Read more [...]
Is it just my pattern-seeking brain, or does the conversation in blogspace tend to converge around different themes? There was something in the air this past week that inspired the Bloggernacle and Outer Blogness to contemplate how to deal with relationship problems caused by differences.
Naturally the focus was on differences in belief within families. On the non-believing side, The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes weaves a story around the lyric "Your mother loves you but not the way she did before." Read more [...]
Anyone else catch this post today on towleroad.com?
A document from the Church of Latter Day Saints to the Proposition 8 campaign was revealed at the trial today, and contained this instructive:
Mormon With respect to Prop. 8 campaign, key talking points will come from campaign, but cautious, strategic, not to take the lead so as to provide plausible deniability or respectable distance so as not to show that church is directly involved.
Julia Rosen, blogging for the Courage Campaign notes: "Get Read more [...]
You may have seen that Times and Seasons elected Harry Reid "Mormon of the Year" for 2009. Then -- not to be outdone -- BCC created the Boggs-Doniphan "Gentile of the Year" Award, and awarded it to Stephen Colbert. Well, it's time for Main Street Plaza to get into the game!!
Suggested by our own Chino Blanco -- who also provided the fabulous graphic! -- Main Street Plaza will be hosting the 2009 X-Mormon of the Year Award.
Before we start the election, we need to make a couple of decisions. Read more [...]