A Bit 'o Random Musings on Politics, Religion, and Anything Else That Passes Through My Crazy Head

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Inaugural Blog Post

I intended to write this post just after the inauguration (when my heart was full of nothing but sunshine and rainbows at the dawn of a new day in America). However, being a procrastinator, I put it off. So now I begin my blog almost two weeks after Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as America's 44th President.

At the beginning - an explanation of the blog's title. "Molly Mormon" can be used to mean a self-righteous prig. I'm (hopefully) not among that number. I guess I use Molly Mormon in the title of this blog in the sense of a faithful and obedient member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I believe in God. I love the Book of Mormon. I love Jesus Christ as my redeemer and example. This testimony, or personal set of beliefs, is intrinsic to who I am and how I view the world. "Democrat" is hopefully self explanatory without being limiting. As Will Rodgers said, "I'm not a member of an organized political party - I'm a Democrat." There are as many different Democratic philosophies as there are Democrats. I'm liberal on some things and conservative on others.

Though I may identify with the Democratic party on 90% of policy issues, I know it's an imperfect organization. My intent is to remain open to good ideas, whether of Democratic, Republican, or Independent origin. Please hold me to that, because I want to be able to admit I'm wrong, and I want to learn from honest debate.

One of my co-workers said that there are two things you should never discuss with people: religion and politics. I suppose this is because these two things are more emotional than rational. However, for me, these two modes of thought are connected, because I tend to view politics and religion both as ways to make our society better. My concerns about social justice, care for the environment, liberty of the individual, and equality are intertwined with my religious beliefs.

This blog won't be all about politics and religion, some of it will be silly musings of mine. But I do think it's important to have liberal and conservative viewpoints. I believe that the gospel is a tent big enough, inclusive enough, and strong enouth to embrace people for the differences they bring to the gospel. I also think politics will benefit from the inclusion of people of faith.

At its essence, I suppose blogging is a bit egotistical - it is self-centered to think that I have something so original to say that I need to start a blog and send it out to the world. But, I will try to keep the self-serving drivel to a minimum. I'm excited to have a blog, and to use it. Let me know your thoughts!


  1. Diana, glad you made it to the blogging world. I look forward to reading your posts.

  2. I have a good feeling about this blog.

  3. Hey! Just subscribed to your blog. I hope you're having a lovely day! :o)