“…The Opiate of the Masses…”

Aug 30, 13 “…The Opiate of the Masses…”

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  In 1843, the German economist and Communist political philosopher,  Karl Marx said: “…Die Religion… ist das Opium des Volkes…” It has been translated various way, but most commonly is translated as: “…Religion is the opium of the masses…” Well, Brother Marx, I strongly disagree.  Now before all you atheists and agnostics get overheated, just sit down and read the rest of the post please. I think all of us are familiar with the Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke shenanigan on the MTV Video Music Awards this past Sunday.   While most of the focus has been on Miley, the disgust of the whole thing should be shared squarley with Thicke as well.  He is frickin’ 36 years-old and Miley is only 21.  Come on now!!! Regarding the song that the duo performed together, Robin Thicke had this to say: “People say, ‘Hey, do you think this is degrading to women?’ I’m like, ‘Of course it is. What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I’ve never gotten to do that before. I’ve always respected women’”(source: The Wall Street Journal). One word: Classy. Ok, I have a lot more words, but they all have four letters, and well, I am Mormon and I don’t talk like that. The following day, CNN’s homepage had the Thicke/Cyrus fiasco as their top-story on their home page (click here to read The Onion’s great satire on CNN’s embarrassing decision). I wonder if anything more important was going on during this time? Hmm…let me think…no wait…it’s coming I swear… Michael Lotfi, the Persian-American political commentator and adviser had this observation: “Meanwhile, during the same period of time [the twenty-four hours following the Thick/Cyrus VMA performance] the US military moved cruise missiles into position to strike Syria. The reason for doing so is because the Obama administration claims that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against the Syrian people”(click here to read the entire article). Lotfi then provided the following Google Analytics graft and explanation.  For those that don’t know, Google...

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The District – Episode 3

Dec 26, 12 The District – Episode 3

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The District Number One Click here to watch episode 3 of The District Click here to listen to the Mormon Expositor podcast’s review of this episode.   This episode seemed somehow shorter than the others. Or maybe it just didn’t push any buttons for me? We learn a little more about Elder Moreno and his choice to serve a mission. He says that he had the classic, happy childhood. His grandfather is funny. He says “He was a real good kid… when he was sleeping.” HA! Aren’t they all? It sounds like as a teenager he was a handful and a soccer loving athlete. As he was trying to decide if he should serve a mission, he had a very sweet experience with a friend his age, Ronnie. They were just sitting in the car talking about the death of Ronnie’s grandmother. This experience helped him to gain his own testimony and decide to serve a mission. My favorite part of the interview with Elder Moreno was when he says “sometimes it’s just hot. and you’re just tired”. I love a little realism. The bulk of the episode deals with an investigator named German (hair-MAHN). His grandfather, who is deceased, was LDS but his mother was not so he had not previously been introduced to the gospel. He is beyond excited to meet the missionaries and says he’s been waiting for this kind of message all his life and that he just “feels happy whenever they are there”. He readily accepts baptism and they show other discussions with him. The main hilarity takes places during the (*drum roll please*) chastity discussion. Oh Glory it’s hysterical. Just before the discussion the missionaries are digging through their trunk looking for the pamphlet about chastity. They can’t find it and finally they give up and decide to wing the discussion. Epic Mistake. They are entirely too vague. Speed ahead to the next discussion and poor German has a confession to make. He was tempted to break the...

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BYU TV – The District: Episode II

Dec 11, 12 BYU TV – The District:   Episode II

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  The District Brothers and Sisters A few missionaries struggle to find someone to teach. The Sisters try to help a family decide on baptism, but when tragedy strikes at home, Sister Voyles has to decide if she should stay or go home. Click here to watch episode II of The District Click here to listen to the Mormon Expositor podcast’s review of this episode. Poor Sister Voyles. That was painful to watch. Sister Voyles had a younger brother. He was born with some health issues and physical defects. The family knew that he would not have a long life from the beginning – He had four holes in his heart and no pulmonary artery. Sister Voyles was incredibly close to her brother. One of his physical defects was a soft palate and Sister Voyles was the only one who understood him as a child. She was his translator. I can’t imagine how connected just that alone made the two of them as children. They show several family pictures and talk about how in all of them Sister Voyles is looking at David. She was sort of centered on him. So she gets the news that David has died and is then faced with the choice about whether to stay or go home. I’m going to come back to that topic but first the rest of the episode…. They continue to work with two of the same investigators and a part member family. The family was really a joy to watch. I enjoyed them very much. I will freely admit when the mom was getting ready to go into the baptismal font and she started to cry… Ya. So did I. I love to see people happy. She was feeling some powerful emotions and I couldn’t let her cry all alone now could I?? I also loved the “one year later” update when they went as a family to the temple to be sealed. I love seeing happy, joyful people! I did feel like...

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The District, Episode 1: A Review

Nov 21, 12 The District, Episode 1: A Review

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The District – Episode 1 In the great tradition of Utah-Mormonism seeing something successful and then ripping off the idea (insert Mod-bod clothing, trampoline fun-houses, etc), we at rationalfaiths.com  have decided to mimic The Mormon Expositor podcast’s weekly review of BYU Tv’s “The District”.    We contacated the perfect person to do our weekly reviews, Camille Howe.   Ooh you are going to love her. Click here to watch Episode 1 on-line “Go inside the life of LDS missionaries in an unscripted, actor-less documentary that follows eight Elders and Sisters serving in San Diego, California.” My first thoughts as I read about the premise of this show centered on: Who thought this was a good idea!?!? But let us begin anyway… I will hope that the choice of setting for this show – San Diego, California, was chosen for ease of filming because of the temperate weather. However, it pains me that it’s not an accurate description of many missions. Missions are hard work. Missions take place in uncomfortable climates, homes – and frequently in poverty conditions. They are HARD.  To be fair, this is the first episode so perhaps that will change.  Not that I’m wishing harm on this set of missionaries but seriously! Did I really just see scenes of surfing to open the show?  I tried to find a “cast” list of the people on the show but they don’t have it on the website. It doesn’t seem to exist so I went back and wrote their names down and made a few notes: Elder Bott (Utah) – hard worker, eating hobby, likes the outdoors Elder Hepworth (Idaho) – funny, laughing, self-described as immature Elder Tuituu (Guam) – works hard, positive Elder Murray (Utah) – positive, excited Sister Voyles (Mississippi) – big hearted, loves everyone Sister Zadivar (Utah; born in Argentina) – compassionate, amazing Elder Christiansen (Florida) – knows how to listen, to focus in on the investigator and understand what they are saying Elder Moreno (Utah) – Bold, goofy, focused How’s that...

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