Sunday in Outer Blogness: Thanksgiving Edition!
Celebrating Thanksgiving this year (and Black Friday), people have expressed thanks for lots of things: real authentic connections to so many people, damn fine loin fruit, blog readers, a great family and support system, lots of stuff, giving without prejudice, being out of the church, being a gay man and not straight, second life, winning NaNoWriMo early!, and no random Mormons at the family Thanksgiving table. Some people had some uncomfortable family situations others better ones. On that family note, here are some touching illustrations of what I’ve always said about marriage: it’s about love (and romance is more than just sex).
(On a related note: look at this historical note on Thanksgiving! I already knew it was a Puritan replacement for Christmas, but I didn’t know the Puritans had also outlawed wedding ceremonies and wedding rings — I wonder what they did instead?)
Marriage is one of the actual problems with Mormonism (and if you want to call straw-man on that one, just read this post). Interestingly, though, the British Columbian Supreme Court says gay marriage is not the slippery slope to polygamy.
Other actual problems include sucking the strength out of so many women. Not that other religions are so fab for the ladies — I thought the mandatory-bra rule was just a BYU thing! But there seems to be a problem with Mormonism and gender roles and sexuality in general. Not to mention race and cultural questions — even if Mormonism is an ethnicity. On the plus side, there’s a ton of interesting doctrine to speculate about! Also the stories are great! (Apparently Death of a Disco Dancer is doing well, and the faithful Mormon crowd is planning a Lit blitz.)