Tuesday, November 1, 2016

MITTENS JR

Matt and Corinne discuss presidential candidate Evan McMullin (who?), a peaceful protest against the women's World Championship in chess, bigots shaking hands with karma, Christians sending children straight to heaven, the Mormon church attempting to score points with gays, and Donald Trump vs Lucille Bluth.

http://skepticsquaredpodcast.blogspot.com/2016/10/e40-mittens-jr.html

Monday, October 24, 2016

TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY

The following video of Mormon Apostle Elder D. Todd Christofferson (there's a lofty self-made title for you) was shared on my Facebook feed:


It's great that Mormon church leaders are trying to use more inclusive language, as they do in this video. I have a few issues, though...

First, actions speak louder than words. The church talks a good game, but it doesn't have the best track record among gays, blacks and women. 

Second, Mr. Christofferson mentions that a segment of the population that leaves the church does so because they don't feel accepted or welcome in the church. I am sure such people do exist, but in my experience, feelings of alienation come as a result of deeper issues and doubts--not because Mormons aren't "friendly" enough. John Dehlin has studied this and his work shows that "being offended" or "not having a friend" in church are among the least common reasons people leave Mormonism. 

Third, the idea that Mormons welcome diversity is tenuous and conditional. What they really mean is that they welcome all to adopt their culture and religion. This is demonstrated by their massive missionary efforts, through which they send tens of thousands of young adults (most of whom are straight out of high school) with the sole purpose of convincing everyone on earth that their world view is incomplete and flawed and that Mormonism is infinitely better. A large part of culture is derived from the predominant religions in the region. Which means that even though some people who have joined Mormonism have been able to assimilate some aspects of their culture (i.e. Polynesians), the roots of their culture of origin must be gutted and abandoned before they can truly accept Mormonism ("Thou shalt have no other gods before me"). 

When I hear Mormon leaders talk about diversity, what I really hear is a fleeting hope that enough non-white people will join the church so that they can be taken seriously as a major world religion. An ambitious task for a religion boasting less than 1% of the global population.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016

CRAZY GOD SANDWICH

Matt and Corinne discuss an anti-gay bakery's "gift" to LGBT groups in Oregon, a mass resignation among Norwegian Catholics, a Pew Research survey on why people leave religion, Burkini's in France, crazy people killing for god, self-medicating depression with the Bible, and Carl's Jr. offending Mormons with soft-core commercials.

http://skepticsquaredpodcast.blogspot.com/2016/08/e38-crazy-god-sandwich.html

Monday, August 15, 2016

MORMON RUMSPRINGA

Matt and Corinne share their recent experience at both a Mormon Mass Resignation and a missionary-led tour of a Mormon historical site. They also discuss a Mormon trolling Penthouse, a prophecy about church growth in Russia, expectations for returned missionaries, Mormons getting married young, and a faithful Mormon's perspective on apostates. 

http://skepticsquaredpodcast.blogspot.com/2016/08/e37-mormon-rumspringa.html

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

BETTER OFF DEAD

Matt and Corinne discuss video games offending Hindus, Planned Parenthood offending Mormons, "Visiting Teaching" and women's roles in the Church, Mormon humanitarian efforts, why Mormons are so hot and bothered by abortion (including a theological argument in favor of abortion!), and the futility of Temple Work.

http://skepticsquaredpodcast.blogspot.com/2016/08/e36-better-off-dead.html

Monday, July 18, 2016