This Week in Mormons

Episode #108 – Bottgate the Bottracist

Quite the unfortunate week for Randy Bott, famed and beloved religion professor at BYU. His statements to the Washington Post spark controversy about racism.

Are Mormons actually wary of publicly supporting Mitt Romney? The answer may surprise you.

The Jews/Hindus/Everyone temple baptism drama continues, but at least some bloggers are fighting back against unrealistic demands by the “affected” communities.

Martin Luther will insult you! Great site.

Why dey do dat? Our new segment.

Also, some temple news, lying to bishops, waiting out the RLDS church, and another LDS Tech conference.


  1. Bottgate
    1. Original Post article
    2. Planned protests
    3. Joanna Brooks responds
    4. Church Newsroom response
  2. Mormons wary of publicly supporting Mitt
  3. Temple Baptism recap
    1. Terrific explanation of baptisms
    2. Otterson on importance of temple baptisms
    3. Mark Paredes – enough is enough
  4. Martin Luther insults
  5. Register for the LDS Tech conference
  6. Manaus open house

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  • Justin

    Hey guys, haven't commented in a while…as far as kneeling during the sacrament prayer: back in the day, we had a priest who didn't kneel, he'd just scoot his butt back in the bench and bend over the microphone to bless the sacrament. I had a friend point out to me the scripture in D&C 20:76 which says "…he shall kneel with the church and call upon the Father in solemn prayer…" which was good enough for me. Literal interpretation would say yes, you kneel. As far as one or two, I'm with Al.

  • Oh, brothers…

    Did you guys notice that the ridiculous rhetoric Bott was using was kinda similar in theme to some of the things you fellers were talking about re: women and the priesthood a few weeks ago (i.e. making up speculate-y, retrofitted explanations about why a group shouldn't be that upset that they're denied the priesthood)?

    If so, will next week's podcast feature a tearful retraction?

    • TWiM

      You really can't get off this, eh? I think it was pretty clear in that episode that we were not espousing our own views, but explaining those often held by other men. I in no way think that being able to give birth is some sort of worthy trade-off to not having the priesthood, but I also think that men and women have different roles and competencies in the gospel, so having the priesthood or not having it is irrelevant.


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