The Strengthening Church Members Committee
If you haven’t checked the Irresistible (dis)patches over at the side (and why not? They are irresistible, no?), you should see this piece of work SOMEONE has done…the Strengthening Church Members Committee.
It seems pretty well done…some people think it’s legitimate. TT at Faith Promoting Rumor wrote a scathing review of the site (but then took it down when people said he was overreacting), and there are people who seriously believe that “the names and IP addresses of all subscribers are being recorded at the COB.” (there was an even better one on TT’s thread, but TT deleted the entire article!)
I wasn’t quite amused to hear Geoff J’s hypothesis that this would be just the kind of thing an angry exmormon would do, but then again, maybe that’s because of recent happenings…
But we haven’t even talked about what the site is!
The new SCMC blog takes its purpose from D&C 123:
“Gather up all the libelous publications that are afloat; and that are [on] the [Internet] and [on] the [blogs]…”
It claims not to be affiliated with or endorsed by the church, but nevertheless, it takes upon itself the task of “inform[ing] readers of posts that might be defamatory, speculative, or rebellious” and “report[ing] on articles and blog posts about the LDS Church that purport to come from active members but which may be critical of the Church in some way, or which might reasonably seem hurtful to the Church or the faith of its members.”
So far, it’s called out one article from T&S, two from Mormon Matters, and a stunning three from Feminist Mormon Housewives.
I personally think the SCMC is an example of Poe’s Law applied to Mormonism. I decline to provide my thoughts on the membership status (and emotional (dis)position) of whomever is taking the Orrin Porter Rockwell allonym as Geoff had.
I guess I should provide some reason why I think this is fake, since some people are convinced that this is a legitimate snapshot of the attitudes and mindsets of some members (and it’s not like the name was pulled out of nowhere…)
Maybe it’s just me, but the only thing this is REALLY doing is encouraging people to read these “scandalous” posts. In this way, it is a great way to showcase progressive or unorthodox posts in the bloggernacle. I don’t think someone who was serious about exposing (and possibly preventing) “reasonably…harmful” blog posts would post links right to them. (When people denounce certain books, do they provide links to an easily accessed eBook?) However, this is a neat and clever way to jazz up controversy.
Either everything about this will blow over 5 minutes ago OR this could become somewhat popular, with people inquiring after the true identity of Orrin Porter Rockwell.
I’m hoping OPR sticks with it and we can have a kind of Olympics of unorthodoxy. Sorry fMh, but even though your team has the lead at this early time, you are going down.