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2010-11-15

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A critical look at the prescribed societal ideals of the LDS church, through scrutiny of mainstream.. Mormon media.

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  • Mormon “PROOF”
    on Dec 16, 2010 in baloney sauce
    I remember, many years ago, when I first moved to Utah… everyone spoke in metaphors. Some of you might recognize this phenomenon. Others might not, even though you might be VERY guilty of it nonetheless. Mormons love to teach (“just like...
  • BRIGHAM SAYS: wives must obey
    on Dec 8, 2010 in Brigham Says marriage
    This one isn’t particularly surprising. The whole god-to-man / man-to-wife hierarchy has been a religious staple since the dawn of time. It just seems like we might’ve finally grown up a little. [Wishful thinking, I know] And, given the c...
  • Church insiders: LDS not same as Mormon
    on Nov 30, 2010 in Deser-Edits
    There was a cute little blurb on the Mormon Times website today about the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, Brian Billick. Billick attended BYU in the 70s, as a "gentile," and it took him a little while to master the nuances of living so de...
  • Miracles and medicine
    on Nov 22, 2010 in baloney sauce
    Jerry Johnston writes an excellent column for the Deseret News. He often interprets Mormonism a little left of center… with more of a spiritually "inclusive" mindset than most Mormons generally exhibit. I appreciate that in him, immense...
  • Mormons love Catholics? They love them not.
    on Nov 12, 2010 in Brigham Says Deser-Edits Prop 8
    The Deseret News ran a story this past Wednesday celebrating the 65th anniversary of the humanitarian organization: CATHOLIC Community Services. The CCS sees themselves as: "prophetic voices for justice, recognizing the sacredness and dignity of...
  • Mormon artists
    on Nov 7, 2010 in Deser-Edits
    What do the following images have in common? And how do they relate, at all, to Mormonism?? artists: Alex Boyé, Kah Leong Poon, Sam Nielson THE ANSWER: all of the images on this page have been taken from the Mormon Artist magazine. artist: Zack Tayl...
  • BRIGHAM SAYS: Mormons first to inhabit Utah
    on Nov 2, 2010 in Brigham Says
    I’ve got to be careful on this one. I need to be fair. I COULD just quote Brigham as having said: "[As of 1847] there was not a man… who EVER HAD beheld these valleys of the mountains, or knew anything of the Great Basin." [which...
  • BRIGHAM SAYS: eyes in the back of my head
    on Nov 1, 2010 in Brigham Says
    Sure, Brigham was a visionary. Almost everyone will give him that credit, historically-speaking. But do you know HOW MUCH of a visionary he actually was? Check this out (from an 1852 address Brother Brigham gave to the Mormon congregation in Salt Lak...
  • KUTV, balanced coverage of LDS/gay struggle
    on Nov 1, 2010 in Prop 8
    KUTV produced a very fair and balanced two-part look at how issues of same-sex attraction are playing out in the LDS community. They split their coverage between an active Mormon mom (anonymous) struggling to keep her lesbian attractions in check and...
  • Do simple Sunday-school answers work?
    on Oct 27, 2010 in Deser-Edits
    DesNews columnist, Beth Palmer, wrote a piece recently about whether or not the "simple answers" typically doled out during the weekly battery of LDS gatherings are substantial enough, spiritually. Her column expressed an insatiable LONGING f...
  • Hippocratic oath: Find a wife, THEN save a life
    on Oct 22, 2010 in marriage
    In the Mormon world, it’s all about getting married. When that ripe old age of 20 hits, young men (returning from their mission) and young women (who have been waiting, eagerly, for the young men to return from their missions) are instructed by...
  • Mormons disavow door-to-door approach
    on Oct 13, 2010 in baloney sauce
    MormonTimes just posted an article about "how to deal with" the dreaded door-to-door salesmen. Their word was actually: "infamous". And yet, their word never once included an acknowledgment of their own home-grown door-to-door salesme...
  • VOYD Packer
    on Oct 11, 2010 in Deser-Edits Prop 8
    This week, the Deseret News magnanimously editorialized: "In recent weeks, media sources across the country have covered several suicides by young people wrestling with same-gender attraction." "What has made these stories particularly ho...
  • Boyd K. Packer, What I MEANT to say!
    on Oct 7, 2010 in Deser-Edits Prop 8
    The LDS church just published the "official" transcript of Boyd K. Packer’s recent general conference talk on the evils of homosexuality. (You can watch the video of it here.) Interestingly enough, there are some noticeable differences...
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