Brother Decoo’s On the Left: Our Pioneer Ancestors . . . has become a peaceful forum for people who want the saints to be more progressive politically (except for the abortionist libertine part). I have no complaints. The comments are fairly thoughtful and the reminiscences get interesting. I’ve said a couple of mildly contrarian things so far but luckily I nor noone has derailed the conversation: Dreams and hopes are fragile flowers. They tend to wilt in argument’s hot blast.
When we founded T&S I hoped for something similar for my own social conservatism and “conservative” Mormonism. But I found that I couldn’t have an equivalent discussion without spending the whole time defending my views, often from fellow bloggers. I regretted that. I though I’d like to explore
where shared beliefs on abortion or authority could take us, sometimes, the way we do with gardening and growth from decay, instead of always starting back at square one,
I wonder. Have times changed enough now that I could have my conversation? Or is there something right now in the dynamic of Mormonism, the internet, or T&S which makes the one sort of conversation occasionally possible but precludes the other?