Thursday, November 17, 2011

Good Reads/Random Cool Sites (11/17/2011)

Anti-gay-marriage group NOM can't convince courts that people saying mean things about them equals "threats, harassment, and reprisals."

Washington DC reboot.

Has the Mormon church truly left its race problems behind?

Antarctic mountains explained.

The female orgasm in brain scans.

How to price ebooks.

The Supreme Court of Assholedom: The People vs. Steve Jobs.

It's a pretty photo, but $4.3 million?

Electric-blue lobster rescued.

If only it were always this easy.

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2 comments:

  1. Regarding the Mormon Church's race relations - if there were doctrines and revelations (and there were) to Mormon Prophets which unquestionably assigned inferior status to people of color because they didn't behave with valor and courage in the War in Heaven prior to the creation . . . well, that's a tenant of the church and something they can't possibly distance. They might ignore it, diminish it, or even lie about it, but the fact of the matter is that people who aren't Whitesome and Delightsome aren't, and weren't, as worthy as those born to Caucasian parents. I think it's a problem and I don't think it can go away, because it's a foundational belief.

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  2. One can argue that, in theory at least, the whole point of continuing revelation is correcting past errors. Thus the church could claim that while it makes mistakes along the way it's getting better all the time. That would be one way of running the church.

    But it's not the way the church has chosen. Instead, it's chosen to claim things like "the prophet will never lead the church astray" and "obedience [to us] is the first law of Heaven" and even "the Church is perfect." And it's done a bang-up job convincing the members that those things are true.

    But that makes it really, really hard to admit mistakes. Because mistakes could mean that prophets did lead the church astray, and the church is not perfect, and obedience [to them] is sometimes wrong. And that would undermine that whole project.

    So when they do need to change a doctrine -- like their blatant white supremacy -- they're stuck. They can't just say, "Sorry, we were wrong," because not being wrong is almost the whole point of their existence as leaders. So they try to drop outdated teachings down the Memory Hole, and hope that people will forget.

    But it's never that easy.

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