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Re: “2

I bet he wears a wig and destroys lives.

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Posted by Hairclubformen on 03/29/2015 at 12:55 AM

Re: “Billy “The Hill” and the Jump Hook

Billy McGill is doing a book-signing on Thurs. , Feb. 20, at the King's English in SLC.

Posted by Emma on 02/12/2014 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Shannon Hale: What's wrong with how kids are taught to read

Shannon Hale thinks Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, and The Iliad not books that are going to inspire them, and be more literate, and be able to navigate a literary world"?! For Pete's sake, one of the best-known translators and commentators of Beowulf was J. R. R. Tolkien (famous for some other heroes, monsters, and a dragon of his own). The Canterbury Tales have been mined for story plots by writers ever since. The Trojan War is the stuff of eternal heroic legend -- "the face that launched a thousand ships," "a Trojan Horse," should these references go over kids' heads all their lives? I have to question Mrs. Hale's literary judgment after her sweeping dismissal, and frankly a terrible grammatical solecism as well. (She's saying the books won't be more literate? the books won't be able to navigate a literary world? Something got skipped there!)

Posted by Raven on 11/03/2012 at 12:39 AM

Re: “Why I'm a Mormon

"'The restored gospel is a gospel of liberality and generosity. My faith encompasses and embraces them. ' That's a beautiful statement. Just don't say it in Bountiful. "

Now hold on, Geoff. "Liberality" there refers not to liberal political beliefs but to a synonym for generosity, open-handed giving. I think that aspect of the gospel is approved of in Bountiful as much as anywhere. . . unless you're claiming Paul Ryan's recently converted them all to Ayn Rand's "Virtue of Selfishness. "

Posted by anonymous on 11/02/2012 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Books | Faith-Based Initiative: The Mormon Way of Doing Business cheerleads for financially successful Saints

It's certainly not unique, nor rare, for a lobbyist to write and have published a book serving the interests of the group he lobbies for; that falls within his job description.
An oil lobbyist praising eight oil executives, or an auto lobbyist praising eight auto executives, would have had equally clear motives, and that might as easily have been pointed out.
Histories of the LDS Church are written (and rewritten) and stocked (and restocked) on library and bookstore shelves for much the same reason. So has it been for over a century, and so doubtless shall it be forevermore.
It is not merely that "history is written by the winners," but that history-rewriting (propaganda) is a useful long-term strategy. Eventually the only version of the past available makes your side the heroes, so everyone will want to support it.

Posted by Raven on 11/02/2012 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Why I'm a Mormon

It just breaks my heart to hear that such righteous women are unable to find a strong penishood holder to spend eternity with. It%u2019s hard to find someone who will love them for their %u201Csweet spirit%u201D and look past their physical imperfections. But they do serve as an example to 17ish Mormon girls, to get married within the year.

Posted by KidKolob on 05/23/2012 at 5:26 PM

Re: “Why I'm a Mormon

Poor spinsters :-(

Posted by Duke on 05/22/2012 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Why I'm a Mormon

Uh, we have several of those single, post-40 year old women in my condo development. Mormons don't call them lesbians, Duke. In church circles, they're called worse,'spinsters.' Even lesbians get laid if they so desire, spinsters, not so much.

Posted by Bill on 05/21/2012 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Why I'm a Mormon

Oh my God! They're lesbians! Seriously though. They're lesbians.

Posted by Duke on 05/21/2012 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Why I'm a Mormon

In my ward in Sandy, both the Gospel Doctrine teacher and the Relief Society president were "successful, single, childless" businesswomen.

Posted by Amigao on 05/21/2012 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Why I'm a Mormon

It's my hope that, in addition to trying to show the world a more diverse face, the church organization is also trying to help the church membership accept its own diversity as well. Time will tell how well it will work.

Posted by Mark Hansen on 05/21/2012 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Dancing With Crazy

Soooo, what's this woman famous for, again? I must have missed it.

Posted by Rupert on 02/12/2012 at 7:05 PM

Re: “2

I expect nothing less than perfection from Evan. His other book was masterful, he is hilarious, deep, and very true to his belief system. I'm sure people who know him well would thank him for writing such a great book. I started it , and can't put it down. That's my review!!!! Congrats Evan!

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Posted by Mrose on 02/08/2012 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Tales of A Peculiar People

Great stuff! I attended the conference that Parley P. Pratt & the Making of Mormonism was inspired by. As a history buff interested in the Early American Frontier and the beginings of Mormonism (although not a Mormon), I was glad to see a collection of research and writings on Parley P. Pratt. Thanks to all the contributors (Jan Shipps!) and the Editors for sharing your work and compiling it all in one book.

Posted by shawyt on 01/10/2012 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Tales of A Peculiar People

Seriously, Scott. I grew up here and wasn't LDS, but that's all I've ever heard, from strictest practitioner to ex-members, that men rule here on planet earth and men will become "gods" of their own planet someday after they die. My wife is a former member and is outraged that her late mother would be relegated to "sharing" her step-dad with her step-dad's first wife who died long ago. Polygamous even in Paradise. And no polygamy on earth celebrates multiple husbands and one wife. That right there should tell you that the entire smoke and mirrors 'superior' act men put on in life is utter bullshit. There's really no difference between what LDS scripture teaches about men and their position in the world and their fate as 'gods' and Muslims believing that they have 72 virgins waiting in heaven for them. It's all Iron Age and Cowboy-era horndogginess dressed up as a spiritual path for true believers. Yeah, ok, sure.

Posted by Bill on 12/28/2011 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Tales of A Peculiar People

No, you're wrong. According to Mormonism, women will never be offered Godhood. Go ask your bishop.

Posted by anonymous on 12/28/2011 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Tales of A Peculiar People

Your comment is simply wrong. Women and men are co-equals, as taught in every general conference I've ever heard.

Posted by Scott on 12/28/2011 at 2:50 AM

Re: “Tales of A Peculiar People

Interesting read there, Brothers. I feel a need to correct only one part of your piece, where it said PPP taught that men and women could become Gods. Women were never taught then, and are not taught now, that they could obtain Godhood. The highest degree of their glory is to be a celestial wife of a God. Put your shoulder to the wheel.

Posted by Jedediah Horehound on 12/27/2011 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Jacob T. Marley

Haven't yet read the book, but this story has been done before in a play by Tom Mula. Is this plagarism?

Posted by Hilary on 12/05/2011 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Secrets & Wives

Decriminalizing any banned oppressive practise is merely a way of letting it in through the back door, allowing it to gradually become mainstream, and thus letting the abusers triumph. Polygamy comes from the dark ages when women were considered chattels and had no rights whatsoever. Why would any modern society even consider it, especially in these days when women are assured they have equality with men? Polygamy means men collecting women as concubines for their harems. It's way past time to kick this ancient misogynistic practise into the garbage can of history. The year is 2011 AD, not 2011 BC.

Posted by Jancis M. Andrews on 08/19/2011 at 9:14 AM

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