Comment roundup 2/1 part I.

I’m going to have to do a couple comment roundup posts today, since there were a lot of comment gems this last week.

First, a Mormon commenter who thinks I overstated the inequality of women in the Mormon church.

This article makes me sad and most of the comments even sadder. I can understand how one can interpret the quotes you’ve used as completely sexist and degrading though the majority are taken out of context and cast in negativity. Women in the LDS church consistently hold greater equanimity with men than the vast majority of others in this world (from my humble experience) – though I will be the first to admit that there is still a way to go. Unfortunately, like every society there are goons and backward thinkers steeped in antiquated social practices (why is it that these seem to be the most vocal in every society?). Your article appears to be a knee jerk reaction to this silly pants issue (which has demonstrated that there are still enormous and serious early 20th century cultural influences on the Utah church – the church outside of the US was rather perplexed by the whole thing) and you have clearly gone in search of anything that will allow you to point the finger of shame at the Mormons. The article demonstrates a very poor understanding of Mormon theology, practice and its changing culture. I empathize with your conclusions but not your half-hearted attempt at understanding.

Ok, first we have…

Your article appears to be a knee jerk reaction to this silly pants issue

Followed by…

which has demonstrated that there are still enormous and serious early 20th century cultural influences on the Utah church

So it’s a silly issue…that’s actually serious.  Women got death threats over wanting to wear pants, and you think I’m digging for gender discrimination in the Mormon church?  Hypatia’s daughter said it extremely well

The very core of Mormon doctrine is that a woman cannot make it to the highest level of heaven unless she is married, so this goes deeper than just wanting women to be obedient servants to their menfolk. The state of her eternal life depends on being a wife.

Bingo.

Next up, we have Meghan talking about how faith can help with mental illness.

When fighting depression, do not handicap yourself by ignoring your spirit. Body and mind can be treated with exercise and medicine, as well as therapy, but your spirit needs care too! Don’t let neglect of spiritual needs prevent you from seeking God, who gives joy.

The spirit needs care?  How so?  Where is your proof of this spirit?

And god gives joy?  Who came up with schizophrenia?  Who came up with depression?  Asking god for the joy he revoked as part of his creation is like asking the person who just stabbed you for a bandage because that’s the person who gives healing.  Ransoming off joy in exchange for worship is pretty cold on god’s part.

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