Naturally, the buzz this past week was about the big news that a BYU basketball player had sex with his girlfriend — if you can believe it! This led to lots of very amusing discussion about control and the BYU honor code, musings on parenting, and the obvious observation that this shouldn’t be more important than serious news like the Middle East. So true! So here‘s a post about the Middle East, plus some other not-so-escapist items like the economy, the environment, and don’t forget death, not to mention Fox News using footage of some entirely different demonstration because the real scene in Wisconsin wasn’t violent enough for the story Fox had decided to write on it…
On second though, let’s go back to entertainment. As you probably know, God’s favorite musical has opened, and some among us have been lucky enough to see it! (Yet, is the musical parody as funny as the original or this other silly song?) In books, Galendara has read two novels that shed some interesting light on gender, and Diane Tingen has actually read that book “Woman” that we discussed last week and posted some excerpts (sounds like judging by its cover was warranted in this case). I’ll be adding Stephen Carter’s What of the Night? to my reading list (I’m currently enjoying some books by Johnny Townsend that I’ll be writing about soon!).
Then there were several other interesting discussions floating around blogspace. First, the connection between belief and evidence, and what to do about it. And how much conspicuous consumption qualifies as obscene? There was more follow-up on Rob Bell (the Christian who doesn’t believe in hell). Then, the Republicans have decided to follow the anti-bullying trend except they’d like an exemption when the bullying is religiously-motivated (cause it turns out that the bullying is all the gays’ fault anyway, dontchaknow). Then, in an irony overload, Orson Scott Card himself has written about extending love to “uncool” kids, and — to make it more fun — bbell has decided to play Taboo by inviting people to discuss it without mentioning homosexuality!
Outside the headlines and spotlights, the lives of partially-Mormon families have their own quiet dramas. Carson and Amy are psyching themselves up to come out to their families as unbelievers. lifelongguy is a little leery of a message his daughter brought home from primary. The Bible Belt is giving iBear his dose of culture shock, and the Narrator has found that the counsel against interracial marriage in the Aaronic priesthood manual is still there in the latest edition (in case you needed more reasons not to be Mormon).
And let’s wrap up with awards. The 2010 Niblets are finally underway, and we’ve heard from the 2010 X-Mormon of the year — though she’s a little busy with the new baby, she’s still stirring up controversy! Have a great week!!