Ummm, I Was Not Offended.

Meridian has never been a beacon of nuanced Mormon thought.

There was a swift backlash against yesterday's Meridian Magazine blog post which attacked liberal Mormons. By mid-day, Meridian had removed it from their website. A number of my friends and associates have mentioned that they were glad that it was taken down. I think it was unfortunate. I thought that the post was an opportunity to respond and discuss what being a liberal Mormon means to me. Hence, I posted a response. The post by Joni Hilton was not offensive to me. I disagreed with nearly … [Read more...]

Why, Yes. I am a Liberal Mormon.

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Joni Hilton over at Meridian Magazine asked this morning, "Are You a Liberal Mormon?" (UPDATE: The original post by Hilton was removed. Here is the text.) Sister Hilton, it is very sweet of you to ask. Yes, I am a liberal Mormon. Some might not like the use of the term "liberal" since it largely has a political connotation. I am indeed a liberal in the political sense. However, "liberal" is also a term with significant theological meaning. That said, it is not a term that is often used … [Read more...]

Stop Judging Libertarian Mormons

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Gregg Collett is the father of 10 children and a Libertarian candidate for District 11, Position A of the Idaho House of Representatives.  He relies upon Medicaid to pay for his children’s medical expenses.  He is also a Mormon.  So does that make him a hypocrite? Here is how he answered the question.  “Am I a hypocrite for participating in programs that I oppose? If it was that simple, and if participation demonstrated support, then of course. But, my reason for participation in … [Read more...]

A Muslim comment on “Are Mormons Christians” (A Guest Post from Rashid Patch)

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The following is a quest contribution to “Are Mormons Christian?” An Interfaith Round Table As a Muslim, I am supposed to follow the Qur'anic injunction, that when speaking to Ahl al-Kitab - the Family of the Book ("people of the book" is really not a good translation; "Ahl" means, primarily, "family"), I should try to discuss the things we hold in common, and not the things we hold in dispute. Qur'an also assures us that people will argue about the nature of Jesus (peace be upon him) … [Read more...]

To a Sister in Need — Thoughts on the Gay Mormon Question

Elder Dallin H. Oaks (Tom Smart/Deseret News)

As a devout Mormon who is also an out gay man, I occasionally get letters from people looking for insight, validation, or a simple sounding board. So I wasn't surprised when, a few days ago — in the wake of some unfortunate remarks made at my faith's semi-annual conference — I received a letter from a friend of a friend. She was distraught and wanted someone to listen to her as she wrestled with feelings that had no other outlet. It's truly a blessing to receive letters like this. I take … [Read more...]

As Is (A Guest Post by Anonymous)

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I am an intensely private person. Most people who know me would probably disagree with that, but that is only because they don’t know what they don’t know. I am the embodiment of the onion that Shrek speaks of; there are layers and layers hidden behind the brick walls I have erected to keep others at bay. I don’t like to self-identify because honestly I just really don’t feel like it is anyone’s business but my own. If I am pushed hard though, I identify myself as queer. It is … [Read more...]

Lewis Black on Religion, Politics, and Mormons

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Lewis Black is a cranky guy from Montgomery County, Maryland. I think I appreciate his style so much because I am a somewhat cranky guy...also from Montgomery County, Maryland. Here is Black from 2008: Amen! To the last part. And the testicles part. I got a kick out of Black's description of Mormons as "whacky" with a "moral center." Some are more whacky and some have a more solid moral center than other. But "whacky" with a "moral center" sounds like a good way to describe Mormons … [Read more...]


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