Politics

The Mirror & The Window

May 3, 2016
The Mirror & The Window

At the April Women’s Conference, Cheryl Esplin used the imagery of a mirror and a window to talk about reaching out to others. ‘Be someone who reaches out to know and serve others—throw away the mirrors and look through the window.’. Business people will know very well the imagery of the mirror and the window, […]

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Jersey vs Politics (weekend poll)

April 2, 2016
Jersey vs Politics (weekend poll)

In Saturday morning’s session of General Conference, Elder Duncan said that God doesn’t care about the color of your jersey or your political affiliation.  Give us the reasons why you chose your selection. (Elder Renlund, who spoke in the same session, was previously credited for the quote. Apologies for the error.)

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Who will win in November? (weekend poll)

March 26, 2016
Who will win in November?  (weekend poll)

Despite Bernie Sanders great showing today (winning the states of Alaska & Washington, Hawaii voting hasn’t concluded as of the publication of this post, but Bernie will probably win there too.) It seems highly likely that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be the nominees of the Democratic and Republican parties.  It’s been more than 160 […]

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TW: Trigger Warnings

March 22, 2016
TW:  Trigger Warnings

For those who participate in online discussion forums, you have doubtless encountered what are termed “trigger warnings.”  There seem to be two schools of thought about them.  One school says they are necessary to protect individuals in discussions from the emotional distress of reliving past traumatic events.  Another school says that everything’s becoming a trigger […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Mental Health, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Politics, Race Relations, Violence, Women, workplace | 24 Comments »

Does God Agree With Your Politics?

March 16, 2016
Does God Agree With Your Politics?

My opinion is not a popular one, especially among Mormons. It’s based on one of my foundational beliefs that I still maintain from my days as a centrist: both sides of our political divide are founded on sound principles that are imperfectly applied – because we’re humans. (Just like I believe our Church organization is […]

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Thoughts on Mitt, Trump, and Hillary

March 14, 2016
Mitt can't stand to see either of these as next president of the US, but it is likely one of them will be.

I’ve been thinking about politics a lot lately.  I listen to a lot of talk radio.  It seems that people are divided about Mitt’s recent bashing of Donald Trump.  One ultra-conservative talk show host said he supported Mitt in 2012, and was absolutely ashamed of him now.  Today’s Op-Ed in the Deseret News is takes the […]

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Posted in Criticism, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Politics, Women | 79 Comments »

Mitt-Trump-or Someone else? (weekend poll)

March 5, 2016
Mitt-Trump-or Someone else? (weekend poll)

Mitt Romney blasted Donald Trump this week in a speech at the University of Utah.  CNN and Bloomberg News are reporting that Mitt is exploring the option to block Trump at Republican National Convention.  This could result in either a “contested” convention, or a “brokered” convention. The last “contested” convention was 1976 (Reagan-Ford, but Ford […]

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Medical Marijuana & Death Penalty (weekend poll)

February 27, 2016
Medical Marijuana & Death Penalty (weekend poll)

This week in Utah, state senator Mark Madsen helped push a bill through the Utah Senate legalizing medical marijuana, despite LDS Church opposition.  The LDS Church’s main concern was over “unintended consequences.” The bill moves onto the House and it is unclear how they will vote on it. In other news, state senator Steve Urquardt […]

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Political Affiliation (weekend poll)

January 30, 2016
RepDemAwake

If you haven’t voted for who you THINK will win, and who you WANT to win in Monday’s Iowa Caucus, don’t forget to vote in our previous poll.  This week, we thought it might be interesting to see the general political affiliation.  If you live in the United States, If you are an international reader,

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Who’s your favorite? (Weekend poll)

January 16, 2016
Who’s your favorite?  (Weekend poll)

The Iowa caucuses are coming up in about two weeks.  Here’s a poll to see how good of a predictor you are, as well as who your favorite candidate is on the Republican and Democrat sides. Now, let’s talk about the Democrats.

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The Government vs. The West

January 7, 2016
The Government vs. The West

Today’s guest post is from long-time blog favorite Mary Ann. You can read other posts from Mary Ann here and here. Mormon anti-government sentiment is typically chalked up to a psychological complex from government-sanctioned persecution in the 19th century, but it doesn’t adequately explain the anger against the federal government currently festering in the American […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Criticism, Culture, economics, Education, emotions, Empathy, Freedom, Mormon Culture, Politics, Technology | 26 Comments »

What Isn’t Church Abuse?

December 15, 2015
What Isn’t Church Abuse?

A recent study was circulated that shows the psychological markers of “church abuse,” or an environment in a religious atmosphere that can lead to exploitation or abuse of individuals who join.  In the study, participants rated their religion in light of the following 28 organizational behaviors, as either exerting a lot of pressure and control or […]

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Trump or Sanders? (weekend poll)

December 12, 2015
Trump or Sanders?  (weekend poll)

Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are doing surprisingly well in their respective party campaigns.  Jimmy Fallon even asked Bernie Sanders about a head-to-head matchup!

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Defending the Family vs. No Paid Leave

December 8, 2015
Defending the Family vs. No Paid Leave

A recent article in the Washington Post highlighted that despite pro-family rhetoric, many religions do not offer paid family leave to employees.  Mormonism was highlighted as providing no paid family leave to either men or women [1], although they were consistent with a few other conservative religious groups.  Given our focus on families, why doesn’t the […]

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Duty Bound to Reject it!

November 18, 2015
policy

Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion on the recent policy changes. The recent policy change on Same Sex couples has opened so many new questions, ramifications and doctrinal contradictions that in spite of our being burned out and numb by all this, it needs be revisited.  I hope to […]

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One Step Forward

November 14, 2015
One Step Forward

Today’s guest post is by friend of the blog, mom3. The events of the past week have rattled me like the unexpected death of a loved one. At times I barely breathe. Even when I try to go about life, it is sitting there on my chest like the proverbial elephant, only I am the […]

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Church Policy Clarification (weekend poll)

November 14, 2015
Church Policy Clarification (weekend poll)

Now that the LDS Church as clarified that they are only excluding children who predominantly live with gay parents from baptism and priesthood ordination, what are your thoughts? Change.Org has called on the NCAA to boycott BYU over the policy.  

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, Excommunication, faith crisis, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 11 Comments »

Loyalty Is a Tricky Virtue

November 10, 2015
Loyalty Is a Tricky Virtue

All is not well in Zion, folks.  Relax, I’m not going to attack anything more than what deserves to be called out.  I’m certainly not going to talk about church leaders either–they can speak for themselves on this as on all matters. Rather, let’s talk about ourselves, fellow Saints.  Let’s take a good look in the […]

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Tom Christofferson Interview from Rational Faiths

November 7, 2015
Tom Christofferson Interview from Rational Faiths

Many have been wondering, after watching Elder D. Todd Christofferson’s video statement explaining the handbook policy change, how his brother Tom (who is gay) feels about this.  Brian Dillman and Jerilyn Pool posted a podcast today at Rational Faiths that included an interview with Tom.  The whole podcast is great, please click over to hear the words […]

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Untouchable

November 5, 2015
Untouchable

From the newly changed Church Handbook, posted without comment. Children of a Parent Living in a Same-Gender Relationship A natural or adopted child of a parent living in a same-gender relationship, whether the couple is married or cohabiting, may not receive a name and a blessing. A natural or adopted child of a parent living […]

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