What should be acceptable for a blog to be considered a “Mormon” blog? All Mormon content? Only that which is respectful to the church (not anti)? Is hate speech allowed, and if so, how is it defined? How would you decide something should not be considered a “Mormon” blog?
The aggregator Mormon Blogs recently quit linking to a political blog called The Spirit of the Law. Another blog, Legally-Bankrupt, also asked to be removed as a result of this decision. This has caused a flurry of posts about the merits of the sites in question. See for yourself:
The Spirit of the Law (original questionable post): Can you be a temple recommend holder and support Obama?
Legally Bankrupt: Goodbye to mormonblogs
The Spirit of the Law: Dear MormonBlogs Directory Site
So, a few questions this raises:
- What constitutes a Mormon blog? Anything that talks about Mormonism? Everything that’s not anti-Mormon? Anything written by a Mormon?
- When does a Mormon blog cross the line? When it makes Mormons look bad? When it becomes anti-Mormon? When it misrepresents Mormon belief? Or is everything fair game?
- What Mormon blogs make you uncomfortable as a Mormon? I’m not referring to those you don’t choose to read here, but are there some that you dislike because of the way they reflect on you as someone affiliated with Mormons (or blogging)?