Randy is joined by Bob, Heather, and John to discuss the impact the Internet has had on Mormons and LDS membership growth (among other topics ranging from the evolving outsider view of Mormons to the latest LDS, Inc. retrenchment via its new policy toward gay parents and their children).
Glenn reflects on the role that Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender issues played in his life in coming to an understanding of what it really means to follow the teachings of Jesus, and what it really means to not. In the process, he hopefully finds a few things to actually be thankful for approaching this Thanksgiving 2015.
Sage Turk. What a name. Sounds like a pretty fascinating person who has lived a pretty fascinating life and has a pretty fascinating story to tell, huh? You simply can’t go wrong with a name like Sage Turk. And now you can hear all about him. Listen in as Heather and Glenn interview the guy who brought us all the great audio from the recent LDS Mass Resignation event in Salt Lake City.
And for the record, this episode was edited by Heather. I’m just sayin’
Sage’s soundcloud “Songs to Lose your Faith To”
IOT listener Sage conducts man-(and-women)-on-the-street interviews at the LDS Mass Resignation event held in Salt Lake City on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Thanks Sage!
Smackdown: Clarification of the New and Improved LDS Policy Punishing Children if they principally live with a parent who is gay
What a week, huh? Other suggested titles for this episode were from Bob “LDS Clarification of the Clarification The Sequel: The Broken Bat-phone” or possibly even “Smackdown of the clarifying Handbook to the unofficial Handbook of the non-contextual Handbook” from Heather. But whatever you want to call it, it’s basically just Glenn, Jake, Heather, Bob, Matt, and Scott discussing the most recent (as of today) clarification of the New and Improved LDS Mormon Children Alienation and Exclusion Policy. Spoiler alert: It’s only the kids who are living primarily with gay parents who are denied the ordinances necessary for salvation and it’s to protect them, so — that makes this all better… right? Right????
How is this new LDS policy impacting real lives of real people? Why would a gay couple even want their children to be involved in the Mormon church? And how does a gay person even have children in the first place? Scott conducts two interviews with men whose families are directly impacted by the LDS Church’s Children Alienation and Exclusion policy. Listen in as the Infants once again do their darnedest to scoop their big tall buddy, John Dehlin.
Listen in as the Infants answer questions from reddit users. Yes, it really is exactly as fascinating as it sounds.
Click here to read all of the questions and answers from the Reddit AMA:
Do you love the Mormon Church? Do you love their new totally Christ-like policy of alienation and exclusion for children of certain kinds of abominable parents? Do you love the magical songs of Disney? Do you love Infants on Thrones’ sing-a-long smack downs? Well, if you love all that stuff right there, then this is the episode you have never known you were always waiting for your entire life. Enjoy!
Special thanks to Craig Keeling for the album art.
Edit: The songs are now individually available on YouTube:
Tom is joined by his brave and excellent wife to interview another couple, Neal & Naomi, and discuss some of the difficulties of living in a mixed faith marriage.
Neal & Naomi’s podcast Unequally Yoked can be found here:
What’s worse than murder and rape? The only sin so powerful it punishes innocent children for the “sins” of their parents even if, you know, that doesn’t sound like Mormon Doctrine… In this episode, Bob, Matt, Randy, and Scott discuss the new policy changes from the Mormon Church that set apart homosexuality as a sin unlike any other.
Children of same-sex married people must now be 18 to be baptized and must disavow their parents’ marriage. Follow along as we smackdown the changes to LDS Handbook 1.