The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) made two major rulings this week: (1) re-affirmed the Affordable Care Act, and (2) made gay marriage legal nationwide. What are your thoughts?
Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against unpleasant impulses by denying their existence in themselves, while attributing them to others. For example, a person who is rude may constantly accuse other people of being rude. A person who is judgmental will accuse others of being judgmental. For this reason, […]
“Principles compatible with the gospel are found in the platforms of all major political parties. While the Church does not endorse political candidates, platforms, or parties, members are urged to be full participants in political, governmental, and community affairs.” (mormon.org) During one Institute discussion group back in my student days the Institute director told us […]
See, this is why our theological amateurism is so lamentable. It’s pure zeal without knowledge, to borrow from Nibley’s brilliant observation. I know we take pride in being stupid, but it’s pride all the same. – RJH When I read this comment by RJH last week on BCC, it immediately resonated. The Spirit testified of […]
Here is another guest post from Morgan Deane. He is a military historian and history professor at BYU-I. His first book, Bleached Bones and Wicked Serpents: Ancient Warfare in the Book of Mormon is available in book stores, and he blogs at http://mormonwar.blogspot and www.arsenalofvenice.com How do you solve a problem like Iraq? Insights from the fall […]
Today and tomorrow the case brought by Gareth Lee, a volunteer with the Queer Space collective, supported by the Equality Commission of Northern Ireland against Asher’s Bakery supported by The Christian Institute is to be heard in court. So far as I can tell, this particular cake differs from similar cases in the US in […]
There are some people who think that the LDS Church should not be allowed to lobby with regards to political issues. I am not one of those people. However, I think there are tactics the church should avoid, or they cross over boundaries with regards to the separation of church and state. Carl Wimmer served […]
Many people aren’t consistent with their logic concerning abortion and the death penalty, and the inconsistency is noted on both sides of the issues. Many Pro-life supporters are Pro-death penalty–a seemingly inconsistent position. Conversely, many people against the death penalty are pro-abortion. Are you consistent?
The stories we hear and are surrounded by frame our world, influence our outlook and understanding. They affect our sense of who we are, and our place in the world. They can broaden our horizons, or keep us to a narrow focus. What do the stories we find in our lesson manuals and church magazines […]
In my previous post on how to agitate faithfully, I noted that the only revelations we have received in the past 125 years came about as a result of agitation. With regards to polygamy, the US government agitated in such a coercive manner that we got the Manifesto in Official Declaration 1 in which Wilford […]
A recent Trib article explains that Mormon Stories and other monetized podcasts have been a sole source of income for some of the individuals that conduct the interviews. This isn’t a surprise to many people, although it’s impressive that there’s been enough donated to support salaries for individuals’ families. At some point, all Mormon blogs […]
In today’s press conference, LDS leaders encouraged church members to support anti-discrimination legislation while continuing to oppose marriage equality. You can find a very local perspective here, slightly less local here or downright global perspective here. A few quick highlights: LGBT people deserve the same basic rights as all individuals: equal access to housing, legal protections, […]
Sources confirm that June Olds Bennett was forced by her local Stake President to resign her position as a board member for Mormon Women Stand, a social media driven LDS women’s organization that actively opposes inclusion of feminists and other progressives in Mormon congregations. June Olds Bennett of South Jordan, Utah, says her stake president told […]
About two years ago, the baker who refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple for their wedding was in the news. He’s baaack! Are individual proprietors free to refuse their services to others on any basis they choose, even if it’s discriminatory? Is it OK to refuse to serve Jews? Or Mormons? […]