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June 30th, 2015 by Ask a Liberal Mormon

The courts have found that there cannot possibly be any reason to deny gays the benefits of marriage that is not rooted in animus. Bigots on the Right claiming that there are rational arguments for the traditional view of marriage are just lying about their real motivations.  Here’s a quote to prove it:


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June 30th, 2015 09:53:00

Born in the Covenant

June 30th, 2015 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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June 30th, 2015 06:56:56

Interpreting synchronicity

June 30th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

Synchronicity is usually described as something like ‘meaningful coincidence’ which means that it must be meaningful or else it is not true synchronicity!

Therefore, since it is meaningful, we ought to try and understand what it actually means when we experience synchronicity – that is indeed one reason why we experience it. (more…)

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June 30th, 2015 02:49:31

Angina Monologue 17

June 28th, 2015 by Vader

The other day I installed a cloak hook near the entrance of the domicile I share with His Majesty.

My cloaks can be heavy, and I also thought it might be prudent to be sure the hook could support the weight of His Majesty’s winter jacket, so I took some time to install the hook securely. I located the stud (much easier with the Force than with a stud locater, by the way) and made sure the hook was screwed firmly through the drywall into the stud. I figured it would easily hold a couple of cloaks and winter jackets.

I stood back to admire my work (funny; don’t you always do that when you finish any handyman project?) and just then His Majesty came storming through the door in a frightfully sour mood. He glanced at me, glanced at the hook, and without a moment’s hesitation he grabbed the hook and tried to swing from it. That was too much weight, of course; there was a loud crack and the hook came out of the wall, doing serious damage to the stud and drywall. In fact, since this is a load-bearing wall, the damage to the stud could wind up being a significant problem.

My jaw hit the floor, or would have, if the vocorder wasn’t in the way.

It turns out His Majesty has been thinking about original sin.


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June 28th, 2015 15:29:12

They Don’t Believe In Mormonism

June 28th, 2015 by MC

I couldn’t let some choice nuggets from this Kate Kelly interview pass without comment, because I don’t think even Kelly realizes just how damning they are. Kelly, as you will recall, is the former leader of the activist group, “Give Women the Priesthood Or I Swear I’m Going to Hurt Myself And It Will Be Your Fault.” (I’m pretty sure that was the official name, maybe someone can look it up for me). They cast themselves as faithful Mormons who just wanted the Church to correct this one little, historically contingent error in doctrine. They’re not the first group to portray themselves as such, but they were probably the most aggressive; the only people more aggressive than them have been openly apostate.

 It’s been a year since Ms. Kelly was exed, let’s see what she has to say: (more…)

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June 28th, 2015 00:10:45

My Half-Week at Scout Camp

June 25th, 2015 by Man SL

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June 25th, 2015 12:31:26

Under-fives indentifed as first age cohort of “minority-majority”.

June 25th, 2015 by Bookslinger

Breitbart reports two things, from the Census Bureau:

“Racial and ethic minorities children under the age of five are now the majority…”


“More whites dying than being born.”

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June 25th, 2015 11:30:57

Mormon theology and memory

June 25th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

Insofar as Mormon theology implies a rejection of the classical metaphyics of a disembodied God outside of space and time; it seems to imply a different infinite: that space is infinite.

Because for there to be significance, there must be permanence, and permanence requires permanence of memory.

Since memory must occupy space, and there must be scope for progression; then space must not be limited – space must be infinite so that a growing reality can always accomodate permanent cumulative memories.

Either we must be always expanding into infinity; or else breaking into new infinities – those new universes of the King Follett dicourse, perhaps.

But, whenever we find ourselves referencing infinities; we should recognise that we have crossed the edge of our understanding.

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June 25th, 2015 03:50:55

The Problem of Friendship in Mormonism

June 24th, 2015 by G.

Friendship is very important in Mormonism.  So is brotherhood and sisterhood.  We know these relationships have eternal significance:

And that same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there.

But unlike other relationships that have eternal significance, husbands and wives, parents and children, relationships to Christ, these relationships aren’t sealed, don’t have any rituals for them, and barely even exist formally.  Some of them have a kind of temporal institutional existence in the quorum and the Relief Society, but that’s as far as it goes.  (As above, so below: Western society also lacks any high recognition of friendship as a distinct kind of relationship.) (more…)

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June 24th, 2015 11:45:13

The Father of Known Lies

June 23rd, 2015 by G.

Chinese history writing is more conspiratorial then our own. (more…)

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June 23rd, 2015 11:45:42

To make creation cohere in Loving relations

June 23rd, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

For mainstream Christian theologians, the primary act of creation is making the stuff of everything; for Mormons it is perhaps the shaping of pre-existent stuff- the making of form.

But perhaps God’s primary purpose was neither of these – but to bring the stuff of existence into a relation – each with every other. Because, naturally, there is no coherence – only chaos. (more…)

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June 23rd, 2015 06:55:11

Let Him Who is Filthy, Be Filthy Still

June 22nd, 2015 by G.

The tragic vision of Mormon Christianity has four dimensions.

The first tragedy is that growth can only come through suffering and death.

The second tragedy is that free will means people can choose with finality to reject God and damn themselves.

The third tragedy is the tragedy that those we love can only grow through suffering and death and sometimes choose not to grow. Love holds us hostage to them, and it has to, or else it wouldn’t be love.

The fourth tragedy is that people miss out on growth that they are capable of, because they refuse to take the steps that would get them there. And perhaps nothing can be done about this.


That fourth tragedy deserves a little explanation. (more…)

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June 22nd, 2015 12:00:50

The ideal squirrel

June 22nd, 2015 by Vader


I mean this in the Platonic sense. A computer trained to recognized squirrels, by being shown a huge number of examples of squirrel versus not-squirrel, was instructed to draw an image of a squirrel. So this is the computer’s notion of an ideal squirrel.

Occam is looking better all the time. Or Turing is looking worse.

h/t Joseph Hertzlinger

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June 22nd, 2015 10:16:07

Not Being Embarrassed About Doing Wrong

June 22nd, 2015 by G.

The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not.

Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.

-Isaiah 3:9.  Somehow I never noticed before that at least in this one scriptural passage, the cult of authenticity was the sin of Sodom.


Here’s Bruce Charlton:


there are lots of bad things in life which will only be done (by most people) if and when people [can] talk about them afterwards.

Most people are not content to sin in secret.

How many people would go bungee jumping if it was secret, and they could not tell anybody about it afterwards ever, nor show pictures and movies? How many people would get drunk? How many would have sexual affairs if they could not brag or weep about them with their pals?

A lot fewer than actually do these things now.


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June 22nd, 2015 07:00:05

Stark raving nuts

June 22nd, 2015 by Vader

You’re doing it right.

I think stark, raving, and nuts are all thoroughly covered here.

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June 22nd, 2015 06:57:08