Politics

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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Posted in Agency, Morality, Mormon, Politics | 32 Comments »

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
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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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Choices, Choices

October 20, 2015
Choices, Choices

I’ve been reflecting a lot on E. Quentin Cook’s talk called “Choose Wisely.”  This was the opening talk of the Priesthood session in April 2015, so I suppose that makes me not the target audience, and yet it’s clearly a talk with universal application. [1]  I won’t let that stop me. E. Cook begins by […]

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Posted in Agency, Christian, Culture, Doctrine, Education, emotions, Empathy, General Conference, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics | 18 Comments »

When in Romans . . .

September 29, 2015
When in Romans . . .

Last Sunday I substitute taught the Gospel Doctrine lesson on Romans, which is one of the most pivotal books in Christian scripture, inspiring Luther’s 95 Theses, and thereby sparking the Protestant Reformation.  A single lesson was not sufficient to do it justice, obviously, but there were a lot of interesting facts. [1]  For those who haven’t […]

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Sanders Appeals to Conservatives

September 28, 2015
Sanders Appeals to Conservatives

Bernie Sanders is a socialist.  Yup, I said it.  Apparently Karl Marx thought that Socialism leads to Communism (as is the USSR – Union of Soviet Socialist Republics)  or Naziism, which was headed the the National Socialist German Workers’ Party.  But the opposite seems to be true.  Both Naziism and the Soviet Union have died, although certainly Vladimir […]

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Posted in Charity, Christian, Culture, debt, economics, Faith, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Politics, scriptures, theology, workplace | 64 Comments »

Predicting the Next Apostles: Carter Hall’s 2015 Picks

September 27, 2015
Predicting the Next Apostles:  Carter Hall’s 2015 Picks

Clear President Monson’s calendar. The recent passing of three apostles means the Church President will likely call three replacements this week, and depending on where they come from, he might just need to call replacements for the replacements as well. Who will they be? I’m glad you asked. Today’s guest post is from the handsome Carter […]

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An afternoon with the Baha’i

September 21, 2015
An afternoon with the Baha’i

I recall (now over 25 years ago), whilst serving my mission, meeting a young man who identified as Baha’i. I had heard of the religion, but knew nothing of its origins or beliefs. This man said something that I still remember to this day. He said, “Joseph Smith – yes, I know of him. Great […]

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Your Thoughts on Kim Davis

September 7, 2015
Your Thoughts on Kim Davis

Kim Davis, county clerk in Kentucky, has made headlines with her refusal to issue marriage licenses to both gay and straight couples applying for marriage licenses.  I was surprised to learn that (1) she is a democrat (I’ll bet she has more republican supporters and Democratic haters than any other person in America), and (2), even […]

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Mormon Republicans (weekend poll)

September 6, 2015
Mormon Republicans (weekend poll)

In Utah, Mormons overwhelmingly vote Republican.  Some believe abortion is an over-riding reason, but there could be other reasons. A recent study found Mormons are the most reliable republicans.  Many of the top Church leaders are republican as well.  Why do you think this is the case?

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Untwisting Our Twisted Thinking

September 2, 2015
Untwisting Our Twisted Thinking

In follow up to Jon G’s post, we have another guest post, today from long-time commenter Heber13. As I’ve thought about the Jon G post on Blaming Parents vs. Mourning with Those Who Mourn and the many responses that include inducing guilt or looking back at how parents “should” or “could” avoid losing children by […]

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