Saturday, November 18, 2006

Why men hate going to church.

A good article/video from PBS.org. I think the Mormon church could maybe learn something from this. I think that the only reason Mormonism retains men is because it offers so many leadership positions. Other than that, it is essentially a women's church. Read it/see it here.

Also, see a profile of secular humanist, E. O. Wilson, a real hero. We'd be happy to make him an honorary member of the White Salamander Gang.

Friday, November 17, 2006

It ain't easy bein' single (in Utah)

This article in the SL Trib.

Single in Utah
By Brooke Adams

Joe Simmons knows she is out there, the girl he will marry. He just hasn't found her yet, but not for lack of trying.
Simmons, 26, is not bashful or boring. He gets out there - the bars, the ball games, the parties, the malls. He has even participated in a reality TV dating show.
And he has been in love four times. Each time, for one reason or another, the match fell apart.
"I'm in a state of limbo right now," Simmons says.
But he is far from discouraged. He maneuvers through the dating scene with ease and says he gets "a lot of interest." And see, there is this woman he met this summer . . .
Not to worry, indeed.
Regardless of what happens with Miss Possibility, Simmons' dating days are likely numbered based on what the U.S. census has to say about being single in Utah.
By age 29, just 31 percent of men in Utah have never been married. The rate is even lower for women at that age: 21 percent.
Utah is the most marrying state in the nation, and single status, at least in the first half of life, is short-lived for most residents. Read on!!!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Are you honest in your dealings?

According to CNN.com, poor little Daggett County has more voters than residents. A guy running for sherriff has 14 adults registered in his household. Polygamy? I don't think so. Probably just more GOP (greedy old perverts) tactics to steal votes.

Read the story.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

An interview with Brian Evanson

Read this interview with contraversial Mormon-turned-ex-Mormon author Brian Evanson. His most recent book is call The Open Curtain.

From Bookslut.



Saturday, November 04, 2006

Catholics, Mormons get fussy over comparisons/conventions.

A story in The Salt Lake Tribune by reader advocate Connie Coyne describes reader discontent when reporter Peggy Fletcher Stack compared the LDS sacrament to the Catholic communion.

Mormon readers complain because the newspaper, following journalistic conventions, refers to the "prophet" Hinckley merely as "Hinckley," after the second reference (dropping the courtesy title.)

My succinct response: Persecution Complex.

Read Story.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Why Mormons should vote Democratic

This seems like a no-brainer to anybody who knows what's going on. "Social issues" voters vote for anti-gay, anti-choice policies, but these never come to pass. Instead they get

From The Salt Lake Tribune.

By Fred Voros
"Principles compatible with the gospel may be found in the platforms of all major political parties," declared the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is certainly true of the Democratic Party.
Mormon descriptions of a just social order read like a Democratic manifesto. The Book of Mormon decries a society in which every man prospers according to his genius, and every man conquers according to his strength (Alma 30:17). It condemns those who ignore the plight of the hungry, needy, naked and sick (Mormon 8:39).
This brother's-keeper principle animates government programs pioneered by Democrats. In 1937, Franklin Delano Roosevelt saw "one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished" and acted. Read the rest.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Why There (Almost) Certainly Is No God

Ol' Professor Dawkins is at it again. Unlike some people and organizations, he's willing to say "almost." From The Huffington Post.

And as he has been known to do recently, he makes mention to the His Holiness The Flying Spaghetti Monster.

America, founded in secularism as a beacon of eighteenth century enlightenment, is becoming the victim of religious politics, a circumstance that would have horrified the Founding Fathers. The political ascendancy today values embryonic cells over adult people. It obsesses about gay marriage, ahead of genuinely important issues that actually make a difference to the world. It gains crucial electoral support from a religious constituency whose grip on reality is so tenuous that they expect to be 'raptured' up to heaven, leaving their clothes as empty as their minds. More extreme specimens actually long for a world war, which they identify as the 'Armageddon' that is to presage the Second Coming. Read On, Christian Soldiers!!