Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sabbath Police!

From Main Street Plaza comes this lovely video perfectly summing up one reason I find religion in general and Mormonism in particular so utterly tiring.

As Chino at MSP points out, this "funny" video puts on display the "surveillance culture" at play in Mormonism. When I was growing up, I absolutely saw stuff like this happen. Even just a few years ago, my ex and I (not Mormon) were out shopping and ran into her sister (Mormon). She seemed strangely awkward and uncomfortable, and I couldn't figure out why. It's because she was caught shopping on Sunday. It's not like we cared, of course.

And it's dripping in "listen to the men, they know better" patriarchal bullshit.

Honestly, this video makes me sad. It seems to me that if you have a day set aside for "rest" that you may as well make the most of it. What's wrong with going out skateboarding or fishing? The argument I always heard against shopping was just that it enabled other people to work on Sunday. Not that that is without nonsense hypocrisy too: why does going to a video store to rent a movie enable others to violate the Sabbath, but watching it at home not, considering someone is helping get the electricity to your home.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Yep. Resurrecting this thing...

So, about a year ago, I told anyone reading this to shove off and go to my new blog at Tumblr.

And now, I've decided to countermand that measure and bring back this one. I'll save you the long explanation of why, but there it is. I'll probably keep the Tumblr, but will mostly use it for sharing random shit like animated .gifs of baby wombats, which is what Tumblr is made for.

I expect to be posting more, and post with more substance than I did on the tumb. First off, I'm stealing inspired by a series of posts by Amy at Random Exposure to do some Listography lists. I know I just said more substance, but what are you gonna do?