<![CDATA[Comments on: Religious Motives]]> Jonathan WordPress 2008-06-24T16:05:58Z 2008-06-24T16:05:58Z <![CDATA[Comment by: Lincoln Cannon]]> On the up side, 24% of Mormons believe homosexuality should be accepted by society, according to the latest Pew Forum survey. That’s probably a lot more than just a few years ago.

]]> 2008-06-25T06:13:09Z <![CDATA[Comment by: Jonathan Blake]]> I caught that statistic too. It supports the impression that it’s only a matter of time before the majority of Mormons will have more charitable (and constitutional) feelings about same-sex marriage. Things are looking up.

I think the word I was searching for in the post’s last paragraph is cocksure. :)

]]> 2008-06-25T07:10:02Z <![CDATA[Comment by: TAG]]> I wasn’t a member of the church when the ERA fight was on (plus I was like 9 years old), but I find it really interesting to hear from those that were around and old enough to remember it. Apparently the argument against the ERA was that we should let states decide things and now the church is arguing the opposite. If you understand the different arguments, please explain.

I have thought for a long time that if I had been an investigator when the ERA stuff went down, I wouldn’t have joined. But why is it okay to do so later? It’s not like the powers-that-be changed their minds or anything.

]]> 2008-06-25T12:21:00Z <![CDATA[Comment by: BEEHIVE]]> TAG,

Excuse my ignorance, but what is the ERA?

]]> 2008-06-25T17:29:35Z <![CDATA[Comment by: Jonathan Blake]]> If you’ll allow me to answer, the ERA is the Equal Rights Amendment. If you haven’t heard of it already, it is a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution which reads in part:

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.…

The LDS church was involved in organizing a grassroots effort to defeat ratification of the ERA. According to this article, “Many sociologists of religion place the Mormon Church’s activities as pivotal in a new coalition of the religious right after their anti-ERA campaign.”

]]> 2008-06-26T02:35:06Z <![CDATA[Comment by: Zack]]> Hi i found this site by chance and i was wondering what its purpose was? To promote religion or to denounce it? also Green Oasis, an interesting name for such a site either way

]]> 2008-06-26T06:14:54Z <![CDATA[Comment by: Jonathan Blake]]> Zack,

I started this blog as a way of communicating with my family about my change from believing Mormon to agnostic atheist (or whatever label applies to me these days). So I probably spend more time denouncing religion than promoting it. :)

]]> 2008-06-26T15:00:11Z <![CDATA[Comment by: BEEHIVE]]> “So I probably spend more time denouncing religion than promoting it. “

]]> 2008-06-26T15:30:43Z <![CDATA[Comment by: BEEHIVE]]> Sorry, I pressed the wrong button.

Yes, you do denounce, but you don’t make fun. At least it doesn’t come across as being mean. Which is why I keep reading.

]]> 2008-06-27T08:51:10Z <![CDATA[Comment by: Jonathan Blake]]> I can’t say that I’ve never mocked religion here, but I generally try to play it straight. If I’m poking fun, I want the humor to be based on something legitimate.

]]> 2008-06-27T12:26:56Z <![CDATA[Comment by: Green Oasis » The Downfall of Civilization]]> [...] furtherance of my note about the irony of LDS church members seeking to restrict same-sex marriage, I offer some quotes about what early church leaders thought was the downfall of civilization: This [...]

]]> 2008-07-08T15:11:46Z <![CDATA[Comment by: Rameumptom » Blog Archive » Polygamy, Monogamy, and Same-Sex Marriage]]> [...] Blake has written a small post about the irony of LDS church members seeking to restrict same-sex marriage and followed it up with a collection of quotes from early church leaders outlining their view of [...]