That Olde Tyme Religion Down At The Bloggernacle

Speaking as a both a former-Mormon and former-Muslim, I found FeministMormonHousewives, a multi-authored tale of Mormonism, diapers and feminist rhetoric, very interesting. The term “Bloggernacle” is a take-off on “Tabernacle” – the Mormon version of cathedral. Feminism and Mormonism is to my mind an unlikely mix as any for a personal blog, but a refreshing read as I’m sure you’ll find, as well as being only one of thousands of spiritual niche blogs. (Aside to coaches: what a great example of a niche market!) Be sure to check out the spitfire Muslimah at Love Thy Ummah as well. These women provide a look inside an otherwise shuttered lifestyle that many Westerners may not know about. The intricacies of Muslim women’s life is a particular draw since women from Iran (like the refreshingly honest Lady Sun) and Afghanistan began to blog in early Y2K. In addition it is worthwhile to mention the “non-People-Of-the-Book” blogs by Pagans around the world (a random list of which is at Blogwise), such as the venerable Wren’s Nest, a catalogue of media mentions of Pagans worldwide. Get yourself to the Bloggernacle, Blog-o-Mosque or Blog-o-Grove and learn how other folks live their spirituality. A delightful education…
From: New York Times, 03-05-05
“Faithful Track Questions, Answers and Minutiae on Blogs”
“In many ways, Lisa Butterworth is the very image of Mormon devotion; she lives in Boise, Idaho, with her husband and their three children younger than 4, faithfully attending church and teaching Sunday school. But then there is her Web log, or blog, FeministMormonHousewives.blogspot.com. Unlike the more mainstream Mormon blogs – known collectively as the Bloggernacle – that by and large promote the faith, this online diary focuses on the universal challenges of mothering young children and on frustration with the limited roles women have in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints…It is also one of a growing number of religion-oriented blogs, many of them irreverent and contrarian, and all serving as a meeting point for the like-minded…
“People who blog tend to be the kind who already have firm opinions and a certain world-view,” said Kathy Shaidle, a self-described “conservative Catholic Gen-Xer” and founder of RelapsedCatholic.com….
In her blog, Love Thy Ummah (www.mos-love.blogspot.com)- Ummah means “the Muslim community” – “I’m speaking from the perspective of a young Muslim woman in America. It’s a unique outlet,” Ms. Mohammed said. “The blog lets me get my voice out there.”
Many blogs, particularly those by the most fervently religious, are anonymous. Aidel Maidel, whose nom-de-blog means “Nice Jewish Girl” (aidelmaidel.blogspot.com), posts about the ups and downs of being a working religious mother who is fairly new to Hasidic life.
There are also blogs by Christians of every denomination, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs. One hub, Blogs4God.com, lists 1,230 Christian blogs. Jeff Sharlet, editor of The Revealer, a daily online review of religion in the news, said there had even been an Amish blog.”

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