Politics

Strange Bedfellows

September 16, 2014
Strange Bedfellows

About a week ago I had a dream that I was in the Creationism museum.  I’m sure this was inspired in part by the Buzzfeed articles about that dubious family-friendly recreational activity.  In the dream, I got separated from my family, and I was struggling to find my kids.  I kept passing anti-scientific exhibits and […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Mission, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, theology, Women | 6 Comments »

Fed Up with Conspiring Men?

September 15, 2014
Fed Up with Conspiring Men?

D&C 89:4  “Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation—” Last year, I asked “Are conspiring men […]

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Posted in Agency, Culture, LDS, Mormon, Politics | 29 Comments »

Is Mormonism Making You a Better Person?

September 2, 2014
Is Mormonism Making You a Better Person?

Sometimes as active members, we are caught up in being the best Mormon we can be, the most observant, ticking all the boxes, perceived well by other ward members.  We can forget that the point is to become a better person by following Christ’s teachings, not just to become a better adherent to a set […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Pride, theology | 13 Comments »

MD Podcast – Mark Staker and Kirtland’s History

July 27, 2014
HearkenO-Ye-People

Mormon Discussion Podcast sits down with LDS author Mark Staker and discusses the Church’s rich history in Kirtland.  Elsie Johnson’s healing, Kirtland Safety Society Bank, Apostasy, and much much more. Was Joseph Smith the impetus behind the Kirtland bank failure or can others really bare the blunt of blame? Did he really heal Elsie Johnson by […]

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Posted in Criticism, debt, Doctrine, History, Joseph Smith, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Prophet | 1 Comment »

Advocacy & Activism for Women in Religion: A Wider View

July 3, 2014
Advocacy & Activism for Women in Religion: A Wider View

With the recent excommunication of Kate Kelly, and the many criticisms made of Ordain Women, I wanted to take a wide look at advocacy and activism for and by women of faith in other religious groups and also to point out the interests expressed by wider society in such activity. We all ought to be […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Excommunication, Faith, Freedom, Jewish Studies, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Priesthood, Roman Catholic Church, Uncategorized | 24 Comments »

Apostasy & Islam: Compare & Contrast

June 19, 2014
Apostasy & Islam: Compare & Contrast

We’re not the only religious faith undergoing scrutiny from within and without on the topic of apostasy and what it means to us individually and collectively. The case of Meriam Ibrahim sentenced to death for apostasy in Sudan has rightly received international attention. Meriam’s case was recently discussed in the wider context of what apostasy […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, History, Mormon Belief, Politics, Uncategorized | 20 Comments »

The Hypocrisy of the Donald Sterling Situation

May 2, 2014
The Hypocrisy of the Donald Sterling Situation

I don’t know about you but almost the instant I heard the story of Donald Sterling, billionaire Basketball team owner, slumlord, adulterer, and racist, I knew what was going to happen. And, it did…. How did this person go from well-known philanthropist and multiple recipient of NAACP awards to the new Grand Wizard of the […]

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Posted in money, Politics, Race Relations, Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

Church by Men for Men

April 22, 2014
Church by Men for Men

This is a post I actually wrote over two years ago, long before Ordain Women was founded, before a woman prayed in General Conference.  I was surprised to find it in draft, fully written, and yet still mostly timely.  I’ve done a little updating to include some current references and five suggestions for next steps […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Uncategorized, Women | 74 Comments »

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 | 20 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 »

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