Violence

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 »

A Short History of Robbers and Insults

January 15, 2016
A Short History of Robbers and Insults

The Oregon standoff has included the frequent use of the word “terrorism” to describe the Bundys and their associates. Because of my research into revolutionary warfare, I’m not surprised that words like “terrorists” are used as tools to delegitimize political actors.[1]  My research projects have included insurgencies into the Late Roman Empire, samurai warfare in […]

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Posted in History, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Violence | 12 Comments »

Did you let your kids watch Titanic???

October 14, 2015
Did you let your kids watch Titanic???

It’s hard to believe that James Cameron’s Titanic was released 18 years ago. I really enjoyed it. The larrikin Jack – the preppy Rose, the unlikely, but inevitable meeting and romance. All set against the grand backdrop of the maiden (and…spoiler alert, sinking) of the Titanic. For the most part, it’s your standard boy meets […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Culture, Modesty, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, Technology, Violence | 15 Comments »

Iran Guns

September 26, 2015
Iran Guns

I saw this on Facebook. “If more guns = less crime, then why are Republicans saying the Iran deal is a bad idea since it may lead to Iran acquiring more weapons? Iran might get more weapons? Great! We want to arm everybody! More guns means less crime, folks. Right?” What are your thoughts?

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Posted in Culture, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Violence | 65 Comments »

“Wholesome” Recreational Activities

August 25, 2015
“Wholesome” Recreational Activities

Nearly from its inception, the Proclamation to the World has been a controversial document as people have different ideas about how to have a successful marriage and family when God only approves of one way [1].  At the heart of this controversy:  so-called wholesome recreational activities. Consider this advice from BYU’s Marriage & Families website: There […]

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Posted in Agency, Culture, Education, emotions, Freedom, Modesty, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Truth. Lying, Violence | 20 Comments »

Where Justice, Love, and Mercy Meet

August 19, 2015
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“Even in sorrow, we are given a choice: A choice between hopelessness of despair and the everlasting promise of faith. Faith that there is a plan and that in times of doubt, God will speak to you in a voice that is clear and true.” —The Book of Job Last year a heartbreaking story where […]

Posted in LDS, Politics, Reviews, Uncategorized, Violence | 11 Comments »

Atheist in a Foxhole; The Tillman Story

July 6, 2015
Atheist in a Foxhole; The Tillman Story

I watched an interesting documentary last week, The Tillman Story.  Pat Tillman played NFL football for the Arizona Cardinals, and unexpectedly quit the NFL and enlisted in the army rangers following the September 11 attacks.  I knew he had been killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004, and there was a coverup, but didn’t really […]

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Posted in Book of Mormon, Morality, Mormon, Reviews, Violence | 8 Comments »

MHA 2015 Recap

June 8, 2015
MHA 2015 Recap

The Annual Mormon History Association meetings came to Provo this past weekend.  Last year it was in San Antonio, and next year it will be at Snowbird Resort in Utah.  Sometimes I like it better when it’s out of town, because I can attend all the sessions.  When I’m home, there’s just too much going […]

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Posted in Anti-Mormon, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, Excommunication, faith crisis, History, Joseph Smith, LDS, leadership, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Priesthood, Prophet, Race Relations, Reviews, Roman Catholic Church, Temple, theology, Violence | 8 Comments »

Memorial Day Traditions

May 25, 2015
Memorial Day Traditions

The last Monday in May is known as Memorial Day in the United States. Originally called Decoration Day, it was started in 1868 as a way to remember the Civil War dead among Union soldiers. (The Confederates had their own day as well.) By the 20th century, Union and Confederate holidays were merged into Memorial […]

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Posted in Christian, History, LDS, Mormon, Violence | 8 Comments »

Football, CTE, and Agency

May 18, 2015
Football, CTE, and Agency

Athletes, especially football players, have been involved in some high-profile violent incidents. Dec 16, 2009.  Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry had a domestic dispute with his fiance Loleini Tonga.  She tried to get away by getting into a pickup truck.  He climbed in the back, and while she was driving, either fell or jumped out […]

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Posted in Agency, LDS, Mental Health, Mormon, Science and Religion, Violence | 35 Comments »

Have we lost the War on Drugs?

April 27, 2015
Have we lost the War on Drugs?

Richard Nixon started the War on Drugs as a campaign issue to show Republicans were the “law and order” party.  Have we won the war on drugs?  It seems the answer is “no.”  Is it time to re-assess our strategy? Despite the fact that thee United States has just 5% of the world’s population, we […]

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Posted in Morality, Politics, Violence | 40 Comments »

Looking at Iraq via the Book of Mormon

April 22, 2015
Looking at Iraq via the Book of Mormon

Here is another guest post from Morgan Deane. He is a military historian and history professor at BYU-I.  His first book, Bleached Bones and Wicked Serpents: Ancient Warfare in the Book of Mormon is available in book stores, and he blogs at http://mormonwar.blogspot and www.arsenalofvenice.com How do you solve a problem like Iraq? Insights from the fall […]

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Posted in Book of Mormon, BYU-Idaho, History, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Politics, Violence | 17 Comments »

Are you consistent with Abortion and Death Penalty? (Weekend Poll)

March 21, 2015
Are you consistent with Abortion and Death Penalty?  (Weekend Poll)

Many people aren’t consistent with their logic concerning abortion and the death penalty, and the inconsistency is noted on both sides of the issues.  Many Pro-life supporters are Pro-death penalty–a seemingly inconsistent position.  Conversely, many people against the death penalty are pro-abortion.  Are you consistent?

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Posted in Christian, Culture, emotions, LDS, Mormon, Politics, Violence | 28 Comments »

The Myth of Traditional Marriage

March 17, 2015
The Myth of Traditional Marriage

According to the song, love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage.  But when it comes to the history of marriage, pairing marriage with love is putting the cart before the horse.  If we look at why people used to get married, traditionally, we’ll quickly see why marriages today are less stable.  And why […]

Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, economics, Education, emotions, Europe, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, money, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, understanding, Violence, Women | 73 Comments »

Innocence Lost: Terrorism in Australia

December 22, 2014
Innocence Lost: Terrorism in Australia

This is our second guest post from LDS_Aussie. Terrorism, in varying forms, has been around for thousands of years. The rise of modern terrorism is one of the main areas of concern for police and security agencies. The need for large armies, equipment, funding and legitimate power bases is largely not required for terrorists to […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Violence | 17 Comments »

Are We Letting Evil Triumph with ISIS?

November 17, 2014
Are We Letting Evil Triumph with ISIS?

Edmund Burke was an Irish political philosopher, Whig politician and statesman who is often regarded as the father of modern conservatism. His most famous quote: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” How involved should the U.S. be? Hitler invaded Poland, Austria, and Czechoslovakia in 1939, and […]

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Posted in Christian, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Politics, Violence | 18 Comments »

The Duck Dynasty Strategy from the Book of Mormon

September 21, 2014
The Duck Dynasty Strategy from the Book of Mormon

[Morgan Deane is a military historian and history professor at BYU-I.  His first book, Bleached Bones and Wicked Serpents: Ancient Warfare in the Book of Mormon is available in book stores, and he blogs at http://mormonwar.blogspot and www.arsenalofvenice.com ] The Duck Dynasty patriarch made news recently for advocating a controversial policy in response to the […]

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Posted in America, Freedom, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Politics, theology, Violence | 31 Comments »

Garments a Protection?

August 7, 2014
Garments a Protection?

During the initiatory rite, patrons are clothed in the garment of the holy priesthood.  During the ceremony, Mormons are promised that the garment will serve as a protection to us until we have “finished our work on earth”, so long as we do not defile them through sin.  Mormons love to promote stories in which […]

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Posted in LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Violence | 47 Comments »

The Circumstance of Evil

March 3, 2014
The Circumstance of Evil

We would like to think that we would always choose good over evil, but is that always the case? This is part 3 of my series on a documentary, The Science of Evil.  In Part 1, I discussed Jeffrey’s Dahmer and his baptism.  In Part 2, we discussed whether there is a soul, or whether […]

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Posted in Agency, Book of Mormon, Christian, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Reviews, Science and Religion, Violence | 6 Comments »

Does God Forgive Evil?

February 17, 2014
Does God Forgive Evil?

National Geographic has a very interesting documentary, The Science of Evil where they look at evil from many points of view.  It was a very thought-provoking documentary, and I think I will put together a series of posts on the documentary.  My first post will deal with Jeffrey Dahmer, the notorious serial killer.  From Wikipedia, […]

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Posted in Christian, Morality, Violence | 22 Comments »

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