First of all, please take the time to congratulate the winners of the Brodie Awards 2015 — and collect your prize if you won! 😀
Second of all, you have perhaps noticed that we’re having some tech issues here. Specifically, I had been running an ancient version of WordPress on an ancient version of debian (linux) — and it was starting to get a little crochety, with numerous security and stability problems. So I wiped the disc and wrote a lovely ansible script to reinstall the latest-and-greatest debian, wordpress, nginx, svn, trac, buildbot, minecraft, etc. — I even got some digital certificates so you can view this site (as well as Outer Blogness and Mormon Alumni Association Books) in beautiful https! There are still a couple of things left to do: the look-and-feel of this blog (obviously), plus the email sending is not working (it was already broken on the old site…). I’ll fix up these points in the coming weeks.
BTW, nobody has left a comment since the server upgrade, and I’m not quite sure whether it’s simply that nobody tried to comment or whether there’s some problem with commenting. If you try to comment and it doesn’t work, please email me: chanson dot exmormon at gmail dot com.
And now for this week’s news!
In each case, I know because they told me, they called that hotline. And in each case they were told how to protect the church from liability, not how to help me. You can see the truth of that in the press release. “The help line provides legal counsel to aid clergy in complying with the law and working with law enforcement.” Except that legal counsel seems to be, repeatedly, don’t call law enforcement.
My story is not unique. Hundreds and hundreds of women and men have told me their stories. A bishop molested them and the Stake President sided with the bishop. A registered sex offender was in their ward and the bishop was only worried about “repentance” that practically sent victims into their arms. Women raped by their husbands and then chastised for failing to submit. Girls raped by someone they were on a date with and then forced to repent for it while the boy was sent on a mission. Bishops asking inappropriate questions in worthiness interviews that made teenage girls feel violated without the language to explain why. A hierarchical system in which every man has more authority than any woman and grooms women to be susceptible to predators as they deny their own voices and experiences to line up with what they are told every Sunday.
Making stuff up doesn’t help the church’s credibility:
No, “preventing and responding to child abuse” is not “the subject of a regular lesson during Sunday meetings.” Where does this assertion even come from? I’ve never been in a church meeting that was devoted to issues like learning the signs of abuse, counseling victims, documenting cases, and reporting suspicions to the police. And I sure don’t see this in our Sunday curriculum.
No, we don’t have a policy that prohibits an adult male from ever being alone with a minor. The so-called “two-deep” policy the “Effectiveness” statement boasts of isn’t mentioned anywhere in the 2010 church handbook for bishops and stake presidents, and in fact that handbook states that “worthiness interviews should be private” (7.1.1).
Meanwhile, the CoJCoL-dS is standing in the way of the legalization of medical marijuana in Utah. But… at least here’s a point where we can give the CoJCoL-dS some kudos without hesitation for improving their message to girls.
In other LDS news, Nearing Kolob has some more dispatches from the mission field! Free BYU’s law school investigation is proceeding. Simon Southerton has the latest on DNA and the Book of Mormon! And it would appear that Daniel Peterson has gotten away with something.
In personal stories, the Debrief Society interviewed an LDS lesbian.
In other random stuff, it looks like the inane clown posse can’t even walk onto a debate stage without screwing it up.
That’s it for this week! Happy reading, and I hope you all like the new server! 😀