Sunday in Outer Blogness: Awards and 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
- Randomest threadjack
- 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 differences” piece
- Best “happy where I’m at now” post
- Best intrepid/”gonzo” reporting
- Best discussion about political or human rights issues (prop. 8, womens rights, race, open religious accounting/transparency, etc.)
- Best post title
- Best Seth R. comment/exchange
- Most poignant story
- Best interview
- Favorite Mormons-in-the-news story
- Best X-Mo Twitter feed
- Best X-Mo Facebook group or page
- Best X-Mo YouTube channel
If any of these make you go “Oh, I remember a great one of those” — please post the nomination (with link)! Feel free to nominate your own posts and posts by your friends!
Here’s the latest scoop on the X-Mormon of the Year: we’re still voting, but there have been some interesting developments! Mr. Deity pulled way out in front early, with Dustin Lance Black holding a distant but pretty solid second (see here, here, here, and here for this week’s videos of various candidates). Over the first few days, Christine Johnson slowly inched her way ahead Dustin Lance Black (while Brian Keith “Mr. Deity” Dalton maintained his amazing lead with three times as many votes as any other contender). Then — out of nowhere! after hovering in the less-than-ten-votes range nearly all week — Walter Kirn suddenly pulled into the lead!!! (I guess that Kirn or one of his fans must have linked to the post.) Whatever happened, it’s certainly an exciting race! We’ll have the results for you this week. 😀
Last week’s discussions of relationships are still going strong!! People have been posting a lot of fascinating stories and advice on the Reddit feed. The Girl with Kaleidoscope eyes (and her husband) are picking up the pieces of their relationship with his parents. In interfaith marriages, Ms. Jack wrote about the sacrifice her LDS husband made for her. By contrast, G does not appreciate the pressure that the “forever family” places on the here-and-now family.
And what about that sticky Mormons-and-race problem? How do you respond to people inside and outside of Mormonism when it comes up?
Then the reaching-across-faith-lines started getting a little more philosophical. Simply Sarah talks about trusting your own perceptions (even when others disagree). If you’re an atheist, how do you respond to friends praying for you? Andrew asks why stay LDS?, and compares the various X-Mormons with third-culture-kids, who are trapped between cultures. Molly muses about people who just want to be offended. Whew, after all that, Derek is tired of religious food fights.
In political theology, we have fond thoughts of the United Order. Then there’s the battle between Joseph Smith’s views on blind obedience and Bruce Hafen’s. Plus we got some interesting and funny updates from the Prop-8 trial. And don’t miss the Buttars meltdown!
And let’s close with a positive political-philosophical message from the faithful: We’ve got some good reasons to become an environmentalist and make a sustainable choice today!