Sunday in Outer Blogness: Post-conference edition!
In our last episode, we were too distracted by scandal to take much note of General Conference, but apparently there was a bit of a surprise! Since people were not happy to see three apostleships all going to white guys from Utah (in 2015), this time the CoJCoL-dS decided to try to make an effort to add some actual diversity to their (all male) top brass. One of the new apostles is even in an interracial marriage — which shouldn’t be a big deal, except that the CoJCoL-dS officially discouraged interracial marriage until quite recently.
With a new president comes new policies, and apparently the latest change is to scrap (or at least modify) the Home Teaching and Visiting Teaching programs. In retrospect it’s not too surprising.
The really exciting conference tidbit was that someone shouted “Stop Protecting Sexual Predators!” during the conference! Mormon Happy Hour Podcast interviewed the girl who did it.
On that note, the follow-up on the Joseph Bishop scandal continues:
- Cari and Kelsae of No Man Knows My Herstory podcasted their reactions to the events of the scandal and also discussed non-consensual immorality,
- Radio Free Mormon has more coverage of the cover-up,
- Ann described becoming an advocate for victims,
- The Exponent posted more #MormonMeToo stories,
- Stephen March outlined strategies for reducing abuse,
- And tangentially related: women are systematically excluded and ignored for roles that require special skills and training,
And Lynette asks:
To put it baldly: how is it that church leaders who are said to have special gifts of spiritual discernment get duped by predators?
I can think of a very simple answer to that one — you’ll have to read her piece if you’d like to know whether she accepts the obvious solution.
Walter Van Beek wrote a good discussion of Mormonism’s lack of a public wedding ritual, and explained the central problem:
What aggravates the situation, at least for couples of ‘mixed provenance’, is that in the USA the Church does not give couples the choice to marry civilly first; if they opt to do so, they have to wait for a year before being allowed to the temple; outside the USA this is not the case.
When civil weddings are performed by bishops in the USA, they are discouraged from rendering the ceremony too much ‘like a wedding’: no wedding march, no walk through the isle, no exchange of rings. The Church not only has no wedding ritual, but leaders prevent the members from fabricating one themselves.
In my view this is a problem that will not go away, since at its basis lies exactly this missing ritual: it is the absence of a wedding ritual that creates the quandary.
Then there was this tragic tale of a fun community tradition that the CoJCoL-dS latched onto like a parasite — and ultimately ruined.
Since the CoJCoL-dS appears to be contracting, let’s visit the world of the formerly-Mormon!
Sara will be chronicling her post-Mormon journey. Dad’s Primal Scream is still working on reclaiming honesty. Zelph’s Samantha Shelley explained five things she wishes she’d known before leaving Mormonism, as well as a fun exmo gift guide. And check out this profile of NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
In fun, Andrew Hackman did a March Madness of film reviews, and let’s take a visit to Gilgal Gardens!
Part of the issue with the Church and Joseph Bishop is that he told his victim in the leaked audio that he KNEW he had a problem with lusting after and harming young women. He felt suicidal and wanted out of his position at the MTC and he told his higher ups about this and they still KEPT him in the MTC.