So next week is LDS General Conference and several things have arisen that should provide grist for the mill:
- The Ordain Women movement is again promising to try and enter the Saturday night priesthood session. The church’s response, “you can protest in the ‘official’ (read: ‘offsite’) zone we have established for anti-mormon protestors” — in spite of these being active, LDS women in good standing and none of which would categorize themselves as “anti-mormon”. Watch for repeats of the “sexes have different responsibilities mantra (e.g. “men + priesthood + work = good”; “women + stay-at-home + babies = good”) and more, “Why would we even WANT to hold the priesthood and have that responsibility?” bullshit propaganda.
- The overturn of Utah’s Proposition 3 (prohibition of same-sex marriages or “anything that attempts to approximate marriage (e.g. domestic partnerships)) by a federal judge last December — and which is scheduled for another judgment the week following conference. More playing to the “sacred” message of the Proclamation on the Family and all that that entails — until they ditch it as “non-scriptural” and the then “prophet was acting as a man” a few years hence.
- The LDS church’s cultural push to ensure women and girls dress modestly so as not to inflame the passions of men and boys (interesting that Joseph Smith had no problem being inflamed towards 14-year-old girls in spite of their extremely modest “pioneer” attire). Look for more attempts to blame women when men act inappropriately towards them — and ultimately a push to use the LDS version of burkas to ensure chastity for people who apparently can’t or won’t take responsibility for their own actions.
- President Thomas Monson’s fraud lawsuit filed in the UK — which was ultimately thrown out, but which cost the church hundreds of thousands in legal fees. I suspect that this is the just tip of the church being “vexed” by these types of lawsuits, as members realize there indeed is a “pay to play” requirement inherent in the modern church. Also, watch for the “Corporation Sole” aspect (the current church president literally “owns” the entire church and all of its assets) to be phased out in favor of foisting legal responsibility onto a wider, non-specific contingent of church administrators.
It’s been a busy little six months since last conference and apparently Satan is not resting.