Sunday in Outer Blogness: Family Secrets Edition!

Is there a secret to family happiness? Every marriage brings together two (or more) very different perspectives, and differences in beliefs and orientation bring added stress and challenges. Sometimes, you have no choice but to move on. (Heck, marriage is not the be-all-end-all of life!) Then there were some great stories this week of fun, of family rituals, and about what parts of your (former) religion to pass along to your kids (starting from how your parents’ beliefs and traditions shaped you).

Secrets have been the big topic this week, what with Wikileaks and all! John Larsen makes a fascinating point:

The more an organization demands its own sphere of secrecy, the more it seems to be interested in intruding upon the secrecy of others. Take the most secret organizations, like the CIA or the KGB. These organizations spend the most time prying into the privacy of other institutions and individuals while guarding their own details with extreme prejudice. You can almost guarantee formulaically that the more an institution guards it own privacy and secrecy the more it will be intruding into everyone elses secrets.

It’s an interesting point to keep in mind when reading the news, for example of testing drugs on prisoners at Guantanamo, systematic cover-up of child abuse cases, Obama holding legislative negotiations behind closed doors, Sarah Palin demanding that Wikileaks director Assange be hunted down and captured or killed. In lighter information control, Aaron Shafovaloff claims that the Gospel Principles manual advises people to read the correlated manuals instead of the scriptural canon. (Sometimes others know your secrets better than you do! Too bad that kids will believe anything.) Fortunately the DADT and Prop 8 hearings are wide open, and Pride in Utah is bringing you the videos!

Now, for our weekly dose of Gospel Doctrine! For the hard stuff, Zelophehad’s Daughters bravely attempt to make heads or tails of Elder Oaks’s explanation of presiding, and LDS Anarchy tries to figure out the CHI’s temple wedding rules. But if that one makes your brain hurt — fear not! — Jesus and Mo have managed to make church history even simpler than what you’ll find in the Gospel Principles manual! Between the poles, you’ll find Curmudgeon’s “colorfully flawed LDS leaders”, Kuri’s parable explanations, and Hackman’s ideas on keeping the sabbath. Amy asks if an omnipresent God would allow you to be alone and Molly tackles the theological questions of Lucifer and hell. Plus, some interesting follow-up on why young people are leaving the church.

And — this week especially — we need some funnies!! Jesus’ General has posted another great review, and — for Stallone fans — Insidiously Unsubtle has a review that’s probably a lot more entertaining than the movie! Someone had an interesting Thanksgiving. Two people liked this ad, and I was tickled by Janet’s funny snow.

I hope all of you are doing well, and here’s to a great week to come! 😀


C. L. Hanson is the friendly Swiss-French-American ExMormon atheist mom living in Switzerland! Follow me on mastadon at or see "letters from a broad" for further adventures!!

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4 Responses

  1. chanson says:

    p.s. I hope you’ve all noticed our new “Technorati top 100 religion” badge! Yep, little old Main Street Plaza is one of the top 100 religion blogs in Technorati rank!! To all of you who participate in Outer Blogness, please consider adding our badge/link if you haven’t. My hope for this Sunday in Outer Blogness feature has always been to encourage cross-blog communication and friendship throughout the fomo blogging community. But it can also increase your traffic in general, and the more you link to MSP, the more our return links help your blogs and your friends’ blogs. Thanks for helping make this a great community!! 😀

  2. Hellmut says:

    Congratulations, Chanson. Chino, Prof, and you made it happen.

    Elder Oaks is pretty good in spotting problems. Then he nudges people into the right direction but he can never get himself to actually take a step into the right direction.

    O well, I am sure that it will get people to think about their situation and that’s the most important thing.

  3. Alan says:

    I wonder why the stars aligned for one of the Prop 8 judges to be LDS.

  4. Hellmut says:

    Because it’s the western United States?

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