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Partisan Paranoia (Plus Polls)

December 10, 2013
Partisan Paranoia (Plus Polls)

A recent study shows the different conspiracy theories espoused by the two US political parties.  While belief in these conspiracies isn’t restricted to partisan lines, there is a marked tendency for each camp to go one way or the other.  First, there were some statistics on things voters believe in general: 51% believe that there […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Education, Faith, Freedom, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 22 Comments »

Facebook Police (Weekend Poll)

December 7, 2013
Facebook Police (Weekend Poll)

When it comes to LDS people and Facebook status updates or photos, what are the boundaries?  Should ward members or bishops ever intervene if someone’s status updates or photos violate LDS standards?  Or should people consider Facebook friendships a privilege they should treat with respect by not policing each others’ behavior?  What if someone was […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 14 Comments »

Mormonism & Capitalism

December 4, 2013
Mormonism & Capitalism

Last week I submitted a post comparing and contrasting Communism with Mormonism. Today I’d like to do the same with Capitalism.  In doing so, I attempt to explore where it is Mormons might stand between these two opposite poles of the political and economic landscape.  Capitalism is easier for most Mormons to sympathize with, because it happens […]

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Posted in Agency, America, debt, economics, money, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 44 Comments »

Mormonism & Communism

November 27, 2013
Mormonism & Communism

Like many of Satan’s glass imitations, Communism has some remarkable truths mixed with its errors, and Mormons share many of these same truths.  The similarities might make us uncomfortable, given Communism’s terrible reputation.   It’s tempting to casually dismiss Communism as “Satan’s plan” while ignoring the many similarities between it and the Law of Consecration.  We […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, debt, economics, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 34 Comments »

How to Stop Writing Like a Mormon Using this One Weird Trick

November 12, 2013
How to Stop Writing Like a Mormon Using this One Weird Trick

In a recent New York Times article, Mark Oppenheimer writes about how Mormons are pretty awesome at penning sci-fi, fantasy, and YA novels, but how they can never seem to write “great” fiction. Why is this? Shannon Hale is quoted as saying that the “great” books she read for her master’s degree “treated ‘decline and […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 19 Comments »

Obamacare and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Web Site

October 22, 2013
Obamacare and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Web Site

The key driver for the Affordable Care Act was a statistic that showed that 47 million in the US (of a population of 300 million) were uninsured, many of these children.  In order for the Affordable Care Act to be financially sustainable, 30 million will need to sign up.  The goal is to have 7 […]

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Posted in Agency, America, economics, money, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 18 Comments »

“I Know It When I See It” (Weekend Poll)

October 19, 2013
“I Know It When I See It” (Weekend Poll)

What exactly is pornography?  Can it only be known by the response it creates in people or is it able to be defined in and of itself? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 21 Comments »

Is Shaming a Good Parenting Technique?

September 17, 2013
Is Shaming a Good Parenting Technique?

The Deseret News posted an interesting article about a father (Mackintosh, right) who didn’t like the shorts his daughter was wearing, so he cut some of his own pants to mimic hers and wore them in public. [1] This act was sufficiently lauded to be featured in the Deseret News, but then it also got […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Singles | 25 Comments »

Is This Racist?

September 10, 2013
Is This Racist?

Are we becoming hypersensitive to racism in the US?  Will our perspectives be viewed as racist by future generations the older we get as those views of prior generations appear to us? Singapore practices what I would call “institutionalized racism.”  There is a hierarchy within the races in the country, and some races are given […]

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Posted in Agency, America, economics, Education, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized, understanding | 9 Comments »

Prayer at the Rameumptom, LDS Edition

September 8, 2013
Prayer at the Rameumptom, LDS Edition

What exactly is so objectionable about the prayer of the Zoramites on the Rameumptom? When we discussed it in church a few weeks ago, most members agreed that it was pride: the Zoramites see themselves as chosen and saved, while everyone else is damned because they were not chosen. But is there more to it […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Sunday School | 12 Comments »

“We as Black People Don’t Have Respect for each other”

August 8, 2013
“We as Black People Don’t Have Respect for each other”

Charles Barkley was interviewed in the Dan Patrick Show this week where he discussed the recent racial comments made by Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper, as well as the Trayvon Martin verdict.  Barkley had some interesting views. Ninety-five percent of black people who get killed, get killed by other black people.  I don’t see […]

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Posted in America, Race Relations, Violence | 38 Comments »

The Race is On

July 19, 2013
The Race is On

Firstly, let me give you my take on the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case. An unfortunate tragedy that should have been avoided. It’s a woulda, shoulda, coulda situation that ultimately cost a young man his life.  However, based on the case presented, a not guilty verdict was inevitable.  The prosecution had nothing to present that showed […]

Posted in America, Morality, Race Relations | 23 Comments »

The Good Old Days: Weekend Poll

July 6, 2013
The Good Old Days:  Weekend Poll

Thanks to commenter Jared for this suggestion.  Have you ever thought it would be easier to raise kids in a different era or do you think this is the best era of all? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 16 Comments »

Hobby Lobby Fights Obamacare

July 1, 2013
Hobby Lobby Fights Obamacare

Back in 2008 when President Obama was elected, I asked my sister how she felt about it.  She said she didn’t vote for him, but it wasn’t the end of the world as some predicted.  She lives in Colorado, a “purple” state as she calls it.  It is one of the few states that seems […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Politics | 38 Comments »

DOMA Arigato, But No Thanks!

June 26, 2013
DOMA Arigato, But No Thanks!

“DOMA undermines both the public and private significance of state-sanctioned same-sex marriages; for it tells those couples, and all the world, that their otherwise valid marriages are unworthy of federal recognition. This places same-sex couples in an unstable position of being in a second-tier marriage. The differentiation demeans the couple, whose moral and sexual choices […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Pride, Science and Religion | 140 Comments »

Mormons, Alimony and SAHMs

June 25, 2013
Mormons, Alimony and SAHMs

“Do you have financial or other obligations to a former spouse or children? If yes, are you current in meeting those obligations?”  This question is asked in the temple recommend interview.  While child support seems fairly legitimate, and setting that aside for the purpose of this post, I question the validity of awarding long-term alimony […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, debt, economics, Education, Freedom, money, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 23 Comments »

Lust or Gluttony — The Persistence of Puritans

June 8, 2013
Lust or Gluttony — The Persistence of Puritans

“Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” — H. L. Mencken, from A Book of Burlesques (1916). Historians, unlike satirists, say Puritans may have gotten a bum rap. Most “puritanical” in their New England incarnation, they might simply be said to be people who didn’t think the Reformation of the Church of England had […]

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Posted in America, Europe, Morality, Politics | 10 Comments »

Does the Church Over-Subsidize BYU?

June 4, 2013
Does the Church Over-Subsidize BYU?

My son was recently admitted to BYU for the upcoming fall semester.  Here are some things about BYU we discovered in the application process: BYU is incredibly cheap.  It is about a tenth the cost of other universities he applied for and twice what we would have to pay for an in-state tuition assuming we […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, debt, economics, Education, Mission, money, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 45 Comments »

Home Birthing: Weekend Poll

June 1, 2013
Home Birthing:  Weekend Poll

Home is where the heart is.  But should we be giving birth there or is it too risky?  What’s your view?  And would you eat the placenta?  With or without fava beans? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 18 Comments »

What does Restoration mean?

May 28, 2013
What does Restoration mean?

What does it mean that the church is a restoration?  As I grew up in the church, I always thought of restoration as implying stuff fell out that had to be put back in.  Things that fit into this category included: the role of prophets and apostles, translation capabilities (including that pesky Urim & Thummim that someone mislaid a […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, History, Israel, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy | 10 Comments »

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