Sunday in Outer Blogness: Blame it on Glenn Beck Edition!
In case anyone missed it, Chino found a scary video — designed to scare Mormons and others with the problems in the world today — and claiming that there’s only one solution: Jesus Christ. (In the LDS font.) What that solution translates into in practical terms is hard to say, but I’d guess it boils down to (1) be very afraid, (2) grab your gun, (3) take it and go hide under your bed. Some LDS are proposing more practical solutions (Sustainability summit! Follow the WoW and eat less meat! Rethink nuclear weapons! Plus, a former Mormon is celebrating two years of car-free living!)
But it’s hard to hear them over these voices, and Christians too often end up talking like this. Jon suggests that Glenn Beck is partially responsible for the paranoia (see here for further commentary).
In a related note, the “Climategate” results are in. These two articles are both short and worth reading, but let me pull a couple of teasers: “Here the situation is the reverse of whats going on in the troposphere: Climategate really is a hyped-up media phenomenon.” and “Our global temperature series tallies with those of other, completely independent, groups of scientists working for NASA and the National Climate Data Center in the United States, among others,” said Jones. “Even if you were to ignore our findings, theirs show the same results. The facts speak for themselves; there is no need for anyone to manipulate them.”) So do you think Fox News will bother to report this? Or will they allow their viewers to go with “Last I heard, man-made global warming is just a big hoax.”..?
Meanwhile, we’ve seen some botched missionary efforts. Not quite as bad as Home Teaching with a stun gun, but Natalie unfortunately had to explain to some missionaries why a woman walking alone might not want to be chased down by two guys. And some folks of Outer Blogness have received some interesting emails from believers: the archaeological evidence for giants, a mother’s third Christian email, and a refreshingly thoughtful Q&A between an atheist and a believer.
Sigh, you gotta love Utah… 😉
Lastly, there’s been an interesting series of thoughts on women and personal growth. Reina illustrates squeezing into the box of perfect womanhood. Jana is pictured squeezing into a little something else. 😉 Both Lilly and G reflect on their accomplishments (and on wanting to do/accomplish more). And in the “What can we learn from the Jewish example?” department (hat tip Aerin), Judith describes the therapeutic effects of making time for the Sabbath.
As I do. I had a bunch of housework to finish this morning, but I always set aside a nice, big, calm block of my Sunday to relax and share my week’s reading with all of you! 😀