Politics

From Pillar to Post

August 23, 2016
From Pillar to Post

Sometimes when I hear other people talk about what they get from their church experience, I wonder if we attend the same church. I’m sure they feel likewise. The things that matter to some people aren’t important to me, and the things I care about aren’t important to them. Some people complain about things that […]

Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Education, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, understanding | 34 Comments »

A Candidate Mormons Can vote For?

August 10, 2016
A Candidate Mormons Can vote For?

One of the interesting side notes in this bizarre election cycle has been the widely reported fact that Utah Mormon voters, including stanch Republicans (which is practically the same thing) are not supporting the Republican Nominee, Donald Trump. In fact, by and large that can’t stand him.  Trump came in third in the Utah Primary, […]

Posted in Agency, America, BYU, Freedom, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Politics, Religion | 17 Comments »

Clinging to God & Guns

August 9, 2016
Clinging to God & Guns

  In 2008, Pres. Obama remarked: “You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, debt, economics, Education, emotions, Empathy, Politics, Tradition, Violence, workplace | 8 Comments »

The Nostalgia Con

July 28, 2016
The Nostalgia Con

Nostalgia is powerful and addictive. Like most addictive things, it lies to you. My mother sees the time period of her childhood as a kind of golden age. She watches the Andy Griffith Show as if it’s an historical time capsule, captured in amber, an accurate depiction of when things were simpler and people were […]

Posted in America, Culture, emotions, History, Politics, Tradition, Truth. Lying | 7 Comments »

Bad Memes

July 18, 2016
US President Eisenhower with Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson.  He later called Eisenhower "a tool of the communists."

If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably seen many of these memes.  I’d like to point out some of the ones that I’m not much of a fan of.  Take this one from Elder Ezra Taft Benson. On the one hand, it seems to be intended for conservative leaning folks, those who can’t seem to stomach […]

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Posted in History, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Politics | 16 Comments »

The Limits of Empathy

July 12, 2016
The Limits of Empathy

Today’s guest post is from Brother Sky. There have been some significant events over the past eight months involving the church and how it treats people (the November policy change, sexual assault at BYU, ongoing women and the priesthood discussions, etc.) Kristine A wrote a post about a year ago about how Mormons aren’t terribly good at empathy. […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Faith, LDS, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Pride, Race Relations, Spirituality | 21 Comments »

Hillary vs. Howard: Are Successful Women Less Likeable?

July 12, 2016
Hillary vs. Howard: Are Successful Women Less Likeable?

Heidi Rozen was a successful venture capitalist. Frank Flynn, a professor at Columbia Business School, used her resume in a now-famous experimental study to see what types of bias evaluators would exhibit based solely on the sex of the applicant being reviewed. Half of his students were given Heidi’s resume with her real name. The other […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, Education, Empathy, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Politics, Tradition, Uncategorized, Women, workplace | 8 Comments »

The Hereafter is a Hustle

July 6, 2016
The Hereafter is a Hustle

There is one quote (among many) that I heard over the last few years that has changed the way I see and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ: “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist.” -Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara […]

Posted in economics, Mormon Belief, Politics, Race Relations, theology | 44 Comments »

Was the Revolution a Mistake?

July 4, 2016
Was the Revolution a Mistake?

Monday July 4 is Independence Day in America.  I came across an interesting (heretical) point of view:  3 reasons the American Revolution was a mistake.  Dylan Matthews argues that “the British Empire, in all likelihood, would have abolished slavery earlier than the US did, and with less bloodshed.” “Independence was bad for Native Americans”, and […]

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Posted in LDS, Morality, Mormon, Politics, Race Relations, Women | 14 Comments »

Brexit: Wanting Peace

June 30, 2016
Brexit: Wanting Peace

I firmly believe the EU has been invaluable for the stability and peace enjoyed in Europe. I’m devastated by the referendum result, and the resulting rift that has opened not only in Europe, but in Britain as well. Composer Karl Jenkins was born and raised in Wales, having a Welsh father and Swedish mother; a […]

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Posted in Culture, Europe, leadership, LGBT, Politics, Religion, Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

Becoming “Nones”: 3 Exit Ramps

June 21, 2016
Becoming “Nones”: 3 Exit Ramps

I recently listened to one of Blair Hodges’ Maxwell Institute Podcasts. He was speaking with Elizabeth Drescher, discussing “The Spiritual Lives of America’s Nones.” She studied the behaviors and beliefs of the increasing number of people who are leaving religion behind and claiming no affiliation. Personally, I hate podcasts, but this one was well worth a listen, […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Atheism, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, Education, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Modesty, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Politics, Pride, Prophet, scriptures, theology, Tradition, Women | 29 Comments »

Hillary, Donald, or Gary?

June 18, 2016
Hillary, Donald, or Gary?

It looks like we’re down to two candidates–but wait!  Is there a third?  Mitt Romney may endorse Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, because Mitt has said #NeverTrump.  Johnson describes himself at Fiscally Conservative, Socially Liberal.  Does Mitt’s possible endorsement influence your decision on whom to vote for?  Gary is currently polling at 12%.  If he can get up […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Politics | 10 Comments »

The So-Called Mission Field

May 31, 2016
The So-Called Mission Field

Today’s guest post is from commenter Megan. So, let me break it down for everyone—some of us living outside of the Mormon Belt don’t really like the Mormon Belt. It’s nothing personal, it’s just, well, let me explain. I live in Michigan. I was born and raised in Michigan. I became a Mormon in Michigan […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Freedom, Holy Land, LDS, leadership, Mental Health, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Pride, Tradition | 45 Comments »

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, […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Politics, Pride, Spirituality, Women | 48 Comments »

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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Posted in Christian, Culture, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Politics | 2 Comments »

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 […]

Posted in Mormon, Politics | 22 Comments »

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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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, America, economics, Freedom, History, money, Mormon Discussion, Politics | 20 Comments »

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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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Culture, Politics | 17 Comments »

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