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October Madness: Who Will Be the Next Apostles? #ldsconf

March Madness. The only time of year I really care about college basketball. It’s fun to bandwagon, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!  For you basketball fans, march madness means that ever illusive mistress otherwise known as the bracket challenge.  An interesting phenomenon of bracketology is the influence of the bracket owner’s bias for their favorite teams, […]


A Progressive Defense of Pope Francis

Given the love most progressives have for Pope Francis, it’s odd for me to write a defense of his papacy. Especially as a gay man and as a mainline protestant minister. But there are progressive critics who raise important questions, which are worth addressing. And I’d like to explain, that despite those questions, I remain […]

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Saving Us from Trump: Scott Walker’s Exit

Today, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker exited the Republican presidential nomination contest after failing to get much traction. I have been waiting to see the field of establishment Republicans thin out. In this case, by establishment I mean candidates who have held elected office. Right now, GOP polls show Donald Trump in the lead with Carly […]


If You Watch One Thing on Constitution Day, It Should Be This!

What is Constitution of the United States all about? It is about how to make laws. Really, that is it. It is rules about how laws are made and who has the power to make what laws. Anyone that adds anything to that is selling you something. DO NOT BUY IT. Many of you are […]

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“I don’t feel like Satan, but I am to them.” #Colbert and #PearlJam Edition


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Biden: Pope Francis is “embodiment of Catholic social doctrine that I was raised with.”

Pope Francis is “embodiment of Catholic social doctrine that I was raised with.” @VP Biden in exclusive interview: https://t.co/8C3Mm97ShZ — America Magazine (@americamag) September 21, 2015 The full interview can be found at America: The National Catholic Review. In the clip above, Biden also states that there is “absolutely” a place for those who are […]

A line of Syrian refugees crossing the border of Hungary and Austria on their way to Germany. Hungary, Central Europe, 6 September 2015. (Photo: Mstyslav Chernov/Wikimedia Commons)

Q&A: Can a Divided Europe Handle the Refugee Crisis

by Sebastian Rotella ProPublica, Sep. 14, 2015, 11:30 a.m. Laura Boldrini, the president of Italy’s Chamber of Deputies, has unusually strong credentials to discuss the immigration crisis gripping Europe. She worked for a quarter century at United Nations humanitarian agencies, serving as spokeswoman in southern Europe for the U.N. High Commission on Refugees. Boldrini, 54, […]

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Pope Francis: Equal Opportunity Disturber

Source: The Associated Press The above video from the AP reminds me something I wrote in May 2014: The critique offered by Pope Francis challenges all of us. To make this a matter of left vs. right misses the point. He is not critiquing the other guy. He is critiquing all of us. If anything, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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.


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

Joe Hill Road Show

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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