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Back to School: School Clothes and the Challenges of Poverty

“It is better to feed ten impostors than to run the risk of turning away one honest petition.” -Joseph Smith, as quoted by Hugh Nibley “The conditions of sharing demanded by the Lord can only be satisfied by complete equality, a point that is ceaselessly repeated…. We cannot be equal, as the Lord commands, and […]

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Ted Cruz Happy to See LGBTQ Discrimination

If you call yourself a Christian and you refuse to serve someone you think is a sinner, then you are a liar. Because Christ, the namesake of Christianity, never refused anyone, regardless of the sin, well, except perhaps for hypocrisy.

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The Book of Mormon and Latter-Day Pride

The Book of Mormon certainly is for our day, but it is a direct warning to the saints of God, or in the case of Mormons, Latter-Day Saints.

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Broaching the Subjects of Race and Class

To talk about race somehow feels dangerous, especially for someone as white as me. Someone who grew up in rural eastern Montana where race was an abstraction. Someone who has largely participated in white dominated institutions from the mainline protestant church to yes the political organizations I’ve participated in.  A recent swipe at the Naderite […]

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LDS Church Stays with Scouting

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement from the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints appreciates the positive contributions Scouting has made over the years to thousands of its young men and boys and to thousands of other youth. As […]

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Cornel West Endorses Bernie Sanders

My endorsement of Brother Bernie in the primaries is not an affirmation of the neo-liberal Democratic Party… — Cornel West (@CornelWest) August 25, 2015 My endorsement of Brother Bernie is not a downplaying of the immorality of the ugly Israeli occupation of Palestinians… — Cornel West (@CornelWest) August 25, 2015 I endorse Brother @BernieSanders because […]

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Why I Support Rev. Vosper Even As I Disagree with Her

This shouldn’t be a remarkable claim. It is possible to support someone, especially if they are undergoing an unfair process, even if there are disagreements with them. What is the disagreement? Gretta Vosper is a self identified atheist who serves as a pastor in the United Church of Canada. I’m a revisionary theist. I think […]

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Socialism, Social Solidarity and Race

                           The poster says in Danish, we are stronger together. The National Review has a new piece on socialism in Scandinavia. And it notes the continual history of the US left in appealing to the Nordic welfare state model. They don’t appear to be arguing against the system directly, but they raise the question of […]

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“I will be all right: My people were Mormon Pioneers.”

Pioneers My people were Mormon pioneers. Is the blood still good? They stood in awe as truth Flew by like a dove And dropped a feather in the West. Where truth flies you follow If you are a pioneer. I have searched the skies And now and then Another feather has fallen. I have packed […]

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Why I’m Still a Gay Christian

There has been a flurry of dismissals in the news. Folks in the church coming out in support of marriage equality and LGBT inclusion have lost their job, their faith has been attacked, they have lost positions or removed from their churches and denominations. The chaplain at Wheaton College fired, a professor at Fuller lost […]

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Finding Joy…Division

I have only discovered Joy Division over that last 5 years. I had heard of them before that. I knew some New Order songs. But only recently have I discover the dark joy of Joy Division. In the last few months, I have read a bit about their story and Ian Curtis. His talent and […]

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California Über Alles

Forty years ago @JerryBrownGov was the governor of California. And some people thought he should run for president. pic.twitter.com/idjNXk2I0u — John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) July 16, 2015 Jello, take it away. I am Governor Jerry Brown My aura smiles and never frowns Soon I will be President Carter power will soon go away I will be […]

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A Progressive Christian Defense of Planned Parenthood

A number of progressive Christian authors have come out in opposition to Planned Parenthood and abortion rights or they have wanted to give voice to the moral ambiguities involved in the issue. The latter I respect. But as a progressive Christian I wanted to offer an alternative position. One which affirms and supports the work […]

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A Farewell to Kings #rush #bastilleday

When they turn the pages of history When these days have passed long ago Will they read of us with sadness For the seeds that we let grow We turned our gaze From the castles in the distance Eyes cast down On the path of least resistance Cities full of hatred Fear and lies Withered […]

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Happy Bastille Day! #rush #bastilleday

There’s no bread, let them eat cake There’s no end to what they’ll take Flaunt the fruits of noble birth Wash the salt into the earth But they’re marching to Bastille Day La guillotine will claim her bloody prize Free the dungeons of the innocent The king will kneel and let his kingdom rise Bloodstained […]

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I Never Died Said He

November 19, 2015 will mark exactly 100 years since Joe Hill was killed by a Utah Firing squad. In remembrance many events are being planned across the United States, and in other countries as well, between now and the end of the year to celebrate Hill’s life and work.  Many of these events can be […]

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Jim Gaffigan on the Sabbath

Comedian Jim Gaffigan addresses not performing on Sundays in the above video (Source: Context with Lorna Dueck). Here is a similar quote from a 2013 feature in the New York Times: I’ll do a show every night except for on Sundays. The great thing about stand-up is that I can eat with my kids and […]

From left to right: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, (Ret.), Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg & Justice Elena Kagan in the Justices' Conference Room prior to Justice Kagan's Investiture.
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May It Displease the Court: Race and Justice Sotomayor

ProPublica, July 8, 2015, 10:54 a.m. The Supreme Court last week announced that it would again hear Fisher v. Texas, an affirmative action case in which a white woman claims she was denied admission to the University of Texas because of her race. In 2013, the court ruled narrowly on the case, requiring the federal […]

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“From which any or all persons may be excluded”

In 2010 my family moved to South Central Idaho.  Shortly after we moved here we added two new regular pilgrimages to our routine of celebrating summer and Independence Day.  Near our home is one of United States’s scenic wonders and brightest spots, Shoshone Falls. Its beauty and power never cease to amaze or inspire me.  […]

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Response to 40 Questions by a Rainbow Flag Waving Christian

This blog post in response to a series questions posted by Kevin DeYoung at the Gospel Coalition. The essay is 40 questions for Christians Waving Rainbow Flags and while some of the questions are loaded, they help sort out some relevant issues that appear to divide the church over LGBT issues, especially after the Supreme […]

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While everyone has been talking today about the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold “federal tax credits for eligible Americans living not only in states with their own exchanges but also in the 34 states with federal marketplaces”, and the soon to be decision on Marriage Equality, an equally important decision was made in a courtroom […]

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Drinking with the Saints: The Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour

Introduction:  Although drinking alcohol is against what we as Latter-day-Saints know as the word of wisdom. That doesn’t mean we cant learn important truths from those of other faiths, whose customs might differ from out own. Dr. Michael Foley, the author of Drinking With the Saints: A Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour. Writes an […]

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The Many Threads of Salvation

“Salvation should no longer be conceived as a singular process or activity. Rather, it comprises all the activities and processes within human affairs which are helping to overcome the violence and disruptions and alienations, the various forms of oppression and exploitation, and all the other historical and institutional momentums today promoting personal and social deterioration […]

What Reza Aslan Gets Wrong about the Nature of Religion

“We have to be able to criticize bad ideas,” atheist intellectual Sam Harris recently said on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. And “at the moment,” Harris continued, “Islam is the mother lode of bad ideas.” Harris delivered his remarks over the shouted protests of fellow guest Ben Affleck, who charged him with Islamophobia. In […]

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