So Mitt Romney is Back

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But not really.So in light of the fact that 47.6% of primary support in the Republican Party currently belongs to the two most ridiculous candidates imaginable, some R's have begun calling for the mighty return of Mitt Romney to claim his rightful throne atop Mount Unelectable. Here's Philip Rucker and Robert Costa at The Washington Post: ...some in the party establishment are so desperate to change the dynamic that they are talking anew about drafting Romney — despite his insistence that he … [Read more...]

Why Didn’t We Do This By Common Consent?

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Reactions to the recent church policy changes concerning the children of married homosexual couples (which you can read about here here here here here here here here here here here here here here here and here) have made it very clear that this is an issue of great concern to many members, independent of their orthodoxy in the faith. That is to say, this isn't something that divides cleanly along "active" and "inactive," or "believing" and "doubting" membership lines.What's more, it is very … [Read more...]

These Arguments are Weak.

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That “Insight into new LDS Church policies on same-sex couples and their children” post, written by a Michael Worley on Kathryn Skaggs’s blog, is making the rounds. Others like him have been circulating. People seem to think they offer compelling arguments. But beyond its presumption (the author has no special insight into God’s and Church leaders’ minds, but claims he does) and its condescension (“Bill Nye voice”) lie false analogies and rickety rationalizations.Before I analyze Worley’s arg … [Read more...]

How I choose to see the revisions

"Christ in Gethsemane" By Heinrich Hofmann (Wikimedia Commons)

I write this as a heterosexual person, one who is not directly affected by the new strictures in the Church Handbook of Instructions (CHI). For that reason, this is all very easy for me to say. I do not blame those who are 'closer to' this situation if their reaction is different from mine. I do not blame those who will leave. However, let's get one thing straight from the beginning: those who made this decision did not relish it. The Brethren do not look for ways to kick people out of the … [Read more...]

Is Brigham Young’s Hearse Residing in Disneyland?


I recently went to Disneyland for the first time since middle school, and in the week leading up to my visit I obsessively consumed as much useless trivia about the park and its history as I could find. Being the boring adult that I am, if I’m going to commit to a day in a theme park, I better know some of its back story.So of course I read the story about how the ghostly horseless hearse parked in front of The Haunted Mansion in Disneyland is the same vehicle that carried the body of B … [Read more...]

The Politics of Monsters


Editors Note: This post isn't about Mormonism, since it is an unpublished blog for a non-religious publication. However, I think it's an idea still worth exploring, and since Halloween is around the corner, why not? Let's talk about monsters. Specifically, zombies. Monsters in books or film tend to serve a purpose, to reimagine some abstract fear into a corporeal entity. Beings like Frankenstein's monster or Dracula challenge our hubris over science, or our relationship with lust and nature. … [Read more...]

From the Archives: Ghost Stories


Editors Note: Welcome to Halloween Week at Peculiar People! The following is a post from historian and Peculiar People founder Matt Bowman from August 2013. Since it is a good recap of ghost stories from Mormon folklore, we thought we'd repost it to kick off our week of Halloween-related blogs. If you like stuff like this, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. I’m revisiting Judith Richardson’s Possessions: the history and uses of haunting in the Hudson Valley as I start thinking about ninetee … [Read more...]

Should We Really Worry About Ben Carson’s Religion?

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Presidential Candidate Ben Carson is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a protestant sect of Christianity that was founded in Michigan in 1863. It's a pretty interesting religion that upholds a number of basic Christian beliefs (the Trinity, the Bible, Adam's fall, redemption through Christ alone) while also adding it's own special flavors (most famously, that Christian's should continue to observe the Sabbath on the seventh day of the week).I don't know much about the SDA Church, … [Read more...]