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What If Everyone Mattered?

“I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10b This month is dedicated towards Autism Awareness. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) according to the Autism Society “is a complex developmental disability; which affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact with others. ASD is defined by a […]

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A Response to Nathaniel Givens’ Unfortunate Defense of #GamerGate

I like video games. I don’t play them as much as I used to, but I’ll still sit down and play the occasional shooter or role-playing game, and I like to keep up with the industry. Which is why, like many geeks, I was fascinated, repulsed, and horrified by the car wreck known as Gamergate, which flared up […]

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Why Jesus Would Accept LGBT People

At least I’m guessing that is the case that Jesus would have accepted GLBT people. But as Chris Sosa writes “Queer identity, as it’s commonly understood, wasn’t a concept until very recent history. The entire Bible had been finished for over a millennium by the time the word “gay” came to exist.” So we’re doing […]

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Harry Reid’s Missionary Work Helps Convert Former U.S. Senator to Mormonism

Former 3-term U.S. Senator Larry Pressler joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint this past weekend. He was baptized by Harvard business professor Clayton Christensen and confirmed by Senate Minority Leader Harry Read. Here is how the Deseret News described Reid’s involvement in introducing Pressler to The Book of Mormon and Christensen: Pressler’s […]

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“In a coming day…” Remembering Bruce R McConkie

April 19, 2015, marks exactly 30 years since Bruce R. McConkie, of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died.  I realize that he said some pretty controversial stuff.  I know that he insulted people who believe in evolution, I know that he compared people who leave […]

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President Obama Moves to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

President Obama now publicly supports banning gay conversion therapy in a move that is both common sense and likely to send Christian fundamentalists into a frenzy over the tyranny of the White House’s secular agenda. Business as usual, essentially. Last night the White House released a response to a petition regarding the controversial therapy, citing the […]

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Why I Don’t Like the #BecauseHeLives Campaign

by Joseph Peterson I’ll never forget reading this line in a news article in the run up to the 2012 U.S. Election:  “The Mormon Church’s marketing makes the Catholic Church seem like…well…the Catholic Church.” I’m paraphrasing here, but this punchy remark stayed with me because 1) I’ve been Mormon my whole life, and 2) I […]

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God, Cupcakes and Naturalism

I have a confession to make. I am not embarrassed by miracles. If miracles are those occasions which reveal God and God’s works in the word, if they are signs, we live in a miraculous world. If they are the suspension of natural laws for our benefit by a supernatural agent who intervenes in our […]

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Rapid Rise in Super PACs Dominated by Single Donors

by Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, and Jonathan Stray, special to ProPublica, April 20, 2015, 5:15 a.m. This story was co-published with the Daily Beast. The wealthiest Americans can fly on their own jets, live in gated compounds and watch movies in their own theaters. More of them also are walling off their political contributions from other […]

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Racist Posts on NY Cop Blog Raise Ire at Time of Tension

by Joaquin Sapien ProPublica, April 16, 2015, 1:39 p.m. Week after week, racist posts appear on Thee Rant, a blog for current or former New York City police officers: African Americans are called “apes;” a retired officer says one of the blessings of retirement is not having to work the Puerto Rican Day parade, with […]

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The 2016 Democratic Primary Is The Lamest Party Of The Year

I’m really disappointed in how unenthusiastic the democratic party has been in response to Hillary’s official campaign launch. Unenthusiastic about Hillary, but also unenthusiastic in the primary opposition. Right now, there are a couple of possible contenders for a primary challenge, but we’re mostly taking about them in terms of how they will make Hillary […]

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Prolific Pardoner? Obama Grants Clemency to 22 Prisoners, But Has Denied Thousands

by Annie Waldman ProPublica, April 1, 2015, 4:51 p.m. President Obama commuted the sentences of 22 people on March 31, doubling the number of commutations he has granted during his administration in just one day. The decision follows a push from the Justice Department last year to grant clemency to nonviolent prisoners, many of whom […]

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I’m relying on your common decency…

A lot has already been said by people far more eloquent than I about the bigoted mess caused by Indiana’s new right to discriminate law.  So rather than try to add more words to a debate that should not even need to be happening in 2015, I want to use this “Hymns of Social Justice” […]

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Culture

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The Latest Star Wars Episode VII Trailer Features Han Solo…

…and Chewbacca. It also does gives some additional hints about the film’s plot. Take a look: I realize that I am a sucker for this stuff. I am okay with that. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is set to be released Christmas Day. What stands out to you from this latest trailer?

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The Spiritual Side of Baseball’s Opening Day

Play ball! It’s no coincidence that baseball’s opening day falls right around Easter and Passover, says Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America. This time of year marks a period of renewal, a chance to start over again. The religious feel of opening day […]

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John Oliver on the Foolishness of April Fools’ Day

This is a rather Kantian (sort of) critique: Take the pledge!

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Education

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In Defense of Higher Education, Loans and All

Thanks to Facebook’s settings, I am privy to whole conversations on others’ timelines simply because my wife makes a comment. A couple years ago, I read through a “discussion” about the movement to forgive student loan debt, which continues to linger, though it has passed through many different phases over the last couple of years, […]

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Anti-Gay Harrassment at Southern Virginia University Drives Away Student

The Roanoke Times recently published an article about Nic Jensen and his battle with Southern Virginia University over allegations of sexual harassment from the school’s provost Madison Sowell. There has been discussion about Nic’s supposed activism in some conservative Mormon circles, where critics are basically calling Nic a whiny child pushing an agenda to undermine the religious convictions of a god-fearing […]

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States Fail to Keep School Vaccination Data #MuckReads

by Amanda Zamora ProPublica, Feb. 6, 2015, 3:50 p.m. How prepared are U.S. schools for measles? Most states don’t keep those records. A USA Today analysis found just 13 states met federal standards for collecting school-level immunization records. In those states — which included California — vaccination rates fell below the minimum standard of 90% […]

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Like a Mother Bird: Don’t Work Harder than Your Students

by Adam Stout My student-teaching supervisor watched what I was doing one day and told me, “Don’t work harder than them.” I was amused. I thought she was offering a sort of life hack, a clue to sliding more easily through the job. It was as though she was telling me I could get away […]

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You Need Credibility

By Adam Stout As a 2nd year teacher, I have learned a lot and have a lot left to learn. So, take this post for what it is – the musings of a new teacher in the trenches. Lately, one of the lessons I am learning is the importance of establishing credibility with students. Bottom […]

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An Easter Sermon For Doubters Like Me: A Process Account

Acts 10:34-42 Easter presents us with several problems. It is a story of a cosmic event which changes everything about life and the world as a result. And yet it is hard to imagine how any kind of event could qualify as such. It would mean putting human beings on this small globe as somehow […]

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Never a Better Hero #becausehelives

Happy Easter.   #becausehelives I feel, and the Spirit seems to accord, that the most important doctrine I can declare, and the most powerful testimony I can bear, is of the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. His atonement is the most transcendent event that ever has or ever will occur from Creation’s dawn through […]

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None Were with Him – An Apostle’s Easter Thoughts on Christ

Happy Easter. He is risen.  

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Joe Paterno: The Pain of a Tainted Legacy

When one considers Paterno’s legacy and all the good he did for Penn State and the student athletes he taught, coached, and inspired, those actions deserves praise, and certainly, one mistake does not erase all that good. Unfortunately, all the respect I gained for Paterno over the years led me to a great disappointment.

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Charles Taylor on The History of American Secularism

Philosopher Charles Taylor:

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How is the family under attack?

By Joseph Peterson I have a real and abiding question that I truly don’t know the answer to. What do religious leaders (not just Mormon) mean when they say “the family is under attack”? Now for a bit of context. I remember when I first I opened my mission call to the Netherlands, Amsterdam mission. […]

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The Best Mormon Talk This Weekend was…

   The first talk given today in church was one of the best I have heard in a long time. It was better than anything I heard last night and, most likely, better than anything I will hear next week. The sister spoke about her experiences, her life, and her faith. She touched on the […]

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The First Actual Women’s Session of Conference

The Approaching Justice liveblog for the first official Women’s Session of General Conference begins here with the session at 6:00 pm MDT. All women age 8 and older are invited to watch the session, although I won’t say anything if you participate without meeting the requirements. First things first: A female voice over replaces the […]

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