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Let’s Talk About Sex (Weekend Poll)

February 22, 2014
Let’s Talk About Sex (Weekend Poll)

Sex education is a controversial subject in some places, and people have strong opinions about how it should be handled (or not) in the school system.  What do you think? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Education, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 15 Comments »

Mormon Feminism (in GIFs)

February 11, 2014
Mormon Feminism (in GIFs)

Being a woman in a patriarchal church is bound to have some ups and downs. In summary . . .

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Posted in Agency, economics, Education, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Uncategorized | 56 Comments »

Global Warming: Disaster or Hoax? (Weekend Poll)

February 1, 2014
Global Warming: Disaster or Hoax? (Weekend Poll)

People are divided on the subject of global warming.  Where do you sit? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Education, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 17 Comments »

Mitt: the Documentary

January 27, 2014
Mitt:  the Documentary

This week is the Sundance Film Festival, and one of headlining movies was Mitt:  The documentary (it’s now available on Netflix.)   Don’t forget to participate in the LDS Film Festival coming up Feb 5-8.)  I’m curious if any of you have seen it? I didn’t realize that the movie covered both of his campaigns […]

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Posted in Mormon, Politics | 6 Comments »

Religious Liberty or Discrimination?

January 13, 2014
Religious Liberty or Discrimination?

Should a wedding cake owner be allowed to avoid making cakes for a same sex wedding?  Is the owner discriminating against the couple, or simply exercising their religious liberty?  A recent case in the Colorado courts ruled that the owner was discriminating against gays, and ruled in favor of the gay couple.  Now the case […]

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Posted in Christian, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Politics | 130 Comments »

Tarefic-Wheaties Nominations 2

December 23, 2013
Tarefic-Wheaties Nominations 2

Last year we introduced two new Bloggernacle awards:  (1) The Wheaties, and (2) the Tarefic Awards!  As we approach the end of the year, it is time to look back on the best and worst of 2013.  Start your nominations!  We want to highlight YOU and your favorite 2013 Mormon blogs, and we are pleased to […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, History, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Priesthood, Reviews, Science and Religion, Sunday School | 90 Comments »

Polygamy/Same Sex Marriage Now Legal in Utah

December 20, 2013
Polygamy/Same Sex Marriage Now Legal in Utah

Breaking News from KSL. A federal judge Friday struck down Utah’s voter-approved constitutional amendment — which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman — finding that it violates rights to due process and equal protection as set forth in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Within hours, Salt Lake County […]

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Posted in Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 97 Comments »

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 »

Mandela Praised; Brigham Thrown under the Bus

December 9, 2013
Mandela Praised; Brigham Thrown under the Bus

Racial issues were prominent this past weekend.  Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95.  He was universally praised by both republicans and democrats.    Harry Reid tweeted In a way, Mandela was both the “George Washington” and “Abraham Lincoln” of his country. We’re so fortunate to have lived in his time. John Boehner […]

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Posted in History, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Politics, Priesthood, Race Relations | 61 Comments »

Woman’s Place

December 5, 2013
Woman’s Place

“My experience and observation lead me to believe that while men admit the superiority of women in many respects, the latter do not care so much for this admission as they do for an acknowledgement of their equality.” (Franklin S. Richards) Following on from my previous post, this post is also prompted by observations noted […]

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Posted in Freedom, Mormon Culture, Politics, Priesthood, Uncategorized, understanding | 5 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 »

Single Party Domination

November 25, 2013
Single Party Domination

Whenever one party dominates a region, it seems that corruption is the result. Detroit has been in the news recently as the democratic mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was jailed for 28 years for corruption. The city is now in bankruptcy. The last 3 democratic governors of Illinois have all ended up in jail for corruption (most recently […]

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Posted in Morality, Mormon, Politics, Truth. Lying | 15 Comments »

Bar the Exits! (Weekend Poll)

November 23, 2013
Bar the Exits!  (Weekend Poll)

Church attrition is a big problem across all denominations, one that is discussed often in the bloggernacle.  What should the church do to retain those who wish to resign? What efforts have you seen that have been effective at helping people stay or come back?  What efforts have you seen that have been ill-advised?  Why? […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Politics, Pride | 23 Comments »

The Body as a Temple

November 19, 2013
The Body as a Temple

In 1 Corinthians 6:19, it says:  ”What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”  As some Mormon youth teachers used to like to say to encourage chastity:  ”Your body is a temple, and he doesn’t have a recommend!” […]

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

Gay Parents

November 15, 2013
Gay Parents

Elder Oaks  has given two talks (Protect the Children and No Other Gods) that have caused me to rethink some of my positions. We know gay parents will have children. We know children are better off with their parents. We know it is better for children to have married parents.  The end of that logic […]

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Posted in General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Politics | 48 Comments »

Why Do Boys Suck at School?

November 12, 2013
Why Do Boys Suck at School?

For the last ten years, studies have consistently shown that boys are lagging behind girls in school.  This trend is not only an issue in the US, but also in the UK.  Boys are expelled – from preschool – at 5x the rate of girls!  Boys are more likely to have to repeat a grade, […]

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Posted in BYU, economics, Education, money, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Politics | 18 Comments »

Dallin H. Oaks for Liberals

November 6, 2013
Dallin H. Oaks for Liberals

Elder Oaks has a reputation for being one of the most conservative members of the Quorum of the Twelve. I believe this reputation comes largely from his impersonal, “laying down the law” style rhetoric. Over the years however, I have found a number of liberal ideas in his sermons. I’ve compiled a few of them […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Pride, Prophet | 33 Comments »

Senator Lee and D&C 121

October 21, 2013
Senator Lee and D&C 121

I was at the temple recently, and was surprised to be there when Utah Senator Mike Lee entered the temple.  Senator Lee has joined forces with Senator Ted Cruz (of Texas) in shutting down the government, and trying to cause the government to go into default. Since Senator Lee is obviously a devout Mormon, I […]

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Posted in Joseph Smith, Morality, Mormon, Politics | 176 Comments »

Are These Mascots Offensive?

October 14, 2013
Are These Mascots Offensive?

Usually when I talk about racism, I talk about the past policy to deny black Mormons the priesthood and temple ordinances.  However, there are other types of racism, and Native American racism is in the news.  Many people consider that the name NFL’s Washington Redskins is a racial slur.  President Obama weighed in on the […]

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Posted in Politics, Race Relations | 55 Comments »

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