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.
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. […]
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” […]
Philosopher Charles Taylor:
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 […]
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 […]
Sen. Reid’s announcement: From the Associated Press: In a statement, the Nevada Democrat said the recovery period gave him to think about his political future. “We have to make sure that the Democrats take control of the Senate again,” he said. “And I feel it is inappropriate for me to soak up all those resources […]
I wanted to take some time to offer some brief, general background about myself. Call it ethos or just a little context for many of my Approaching Justice posts. If you know me at all (or have read any of my recent posts), what I am about to say will shock you: I used to listen to and love Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity and others like them.
I would like to know what is so liberating about leaving people sick, naked, and hungry. That is precisely what government entitlement programs address: feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and taking care of the sick. If conservative Christians really are disciples of Christ, then I would like each one of them to ask, “What would Jesus do?”
While making a playlist on my tablet, I realized that I had five different versions of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land” on it. I was not really very surprised by this as it is one of my all time favorite songs and I have several more versions on my computer. I first remember learning to sing […]
I think about the term “pro-abortion” a lot. In fact, this is not the first time I have written about it. I have heard this appellation too many times from pro-lifers, and when I use ‘pro-lifers,’ I mean it with complete respect because I am, essentially, pro-life.
This is a rather Kantian (sort of) critique: Take the pledge!
In this episode, Michael Talerico, a social democrat, and Shaun Maher, a conservative, discuss the implications of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to congress and its potential impact on the negations between the Obama Administration and the Iranians over their nuclear program. Various questions are raised in this episode: Is Iran trustworthy? Is Obama trustworthy? Is Netanyahu […]
“Socialism and the redistribution of wealth is a fundamentally wrong-thinking, anti-freedom, anti-American idea. Nowhere in history has it worked. It destroys nations. Why do our leaders keep moving us in this direction? Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness CANNOT happen when you limit, confiscate, and redistribute ownership and property through central government – societies […]
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, […]
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 […]
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% […]
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 […]
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 […]