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Religious Voters and the Democrats

  A recent piece in Daily Kos writes t’s difficult to see why any believer, fundamentalist or “moderate,” should receive special treatment ― especially when even the most moderate and “progressive” Christians are nurturing the xenophobic, racist, uncharitable and decidedly “un-Christian” America we are finding ourselves in today. And make no mistake: there is no […]

Stop Blaming Victims

SO, after the tragic bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, the Anti Islam/anti Muslim posts have already started showing up. Here are my 2 cents: For the last 5 years I have worked 45 to 50 hours a week as a job counselor in Southern Idaho. About 30 to 40 percent of […]

When Will We Ever Learn

Given current world events I think that this song is as relevant now as it ever was.

Incommensurable Differences?

David Gushee, an American Baptist ethicist writes on the state of evangelicalism and the LGBT debate that has embroiled so many churches: I now believe that incommensurable differences in understanding the very meaning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the interpretation of the Bible, and the sources and methods of moral discernment, separate many of us […]

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The God of Life

We are in the season of Easter, Eastertide. For 50 days, we have a chance to reflect on the meaning of resurrection, in our life and in our faith. Pentecost, from both Greek and Latin means the 50th day, which celebrates the beginning of the church, when the disciples in the upper room are given […]

A Gay, Liberal Protestant Reads the Benedict Option Vol 2

  In lieu of the critiques Rod Dreher offers against modernity, which he sees playing out in American culture, including the increasing acceptance of LGBT people, the dramatic rise of the nones, and the failure of our society to agree on a common good, he offers a proposal: the Benedict Option. The Benedict Option is […]

A Gay, Liberal Protestant Reads the Benedict Option Vol 1

Rod Dreher, an Eastern Orthodox writer, has written the Benedict Option. A book of counsel for fellow social conservatives, in particular those he considers small o orthodox. That counsel is partially based on responding to the shift in our society towards LGBT inclusion, the rise of the nones, and the political fragmentation of a society that no […]

A Final Justice?

Andrew Walker, Director of Policy Studies at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention, gives us a dichotomy. We can believe that there is a final justice, an ultimate ordering of society, of life. The question is, does it happen in this world? Or does it happen in the next world? […]

Chris’s Corner

#NeverTrump 2016 Was A Repeat of #AnyBodyButBush 2004

#NeverTrump of 2016 was a lot like #AnyBodyButBush in 2004. They both failed. I worried about this back in the early summer. In the ballot booth we vote for individuals (or parties). #Never and #AnybodyBut can be a starting point, but but they cannot be the central message. The Democratic Party prides itself on not […]

My Election Day Predictions

Click the map to create your own at 270toWin.com Two months ago, I would have predicted Clinton getting closer to the 350 mark. I think it is still possible, but I also don’t thing that is what the Clinton campaign is aiming for. In terms of the popular vote. this is my guess: Clinton 50% […]

Voter Intimidation Against BYU-Idaho Students

In Idaho, you can register to vote at the polls as long as you can show that you have resided in Idaho for the 30 previous days. This far into Fall semester, that would cover most Brigham Young University-Idaho students who are American citizens.  However, according to the above sign in the Madison County Elections […]

President Kennedy from Temple Square: September 26, 1963

Less than two months before he was assassinated, President John F. Kennedy spoke in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Salt Lake Tabernacle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was September 26, 1963. LDS Church President David O. McKay was a host of the event. “Of all the stories of American […]

Notes on Religious Pluralism

I had a chance to attend a symposium on religious pluralism at Oklahoma City Community College, where I teach religion and philosophy part time. It became obvious that there was a tension in the room. This came from having two opposing view points in the room. And the viewpoints largely talked around each other. Let’s […]

A Future for Mainline Protestantism

If you believe that Christianity is something that people can re-form into a shape that suits our felt needs in this time and place….then a strong form of Christianity cannot survive…The grandchildren of today’s progressive Christians will either be traditionalist Christians or not Christian at all. We really are at a dramatic fork in the […]

Discrimination is Discrimination

I’m highlighting a piece  that tries to create a space for religious discrimination against LGBT folks. This is done by redefining discrimination in a way that allow it against LGBT folks but not against African Americans, Muslims or the disabled. This is done by parsing out difference between invidious discrimination and ordinary distinctions. The first […]

Ash is Enough

Lent according to Wikipedia “is a solemn religious observance in the liturgical calendar of many Christian denominations that begins on Ash Wednesday and covers a period of approximately six weeks before Easter Sunday.The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, penance, repentance of sins, alms giving, and self-denial.” This begins […]

Mormonism’s Politics as Usual

Despite the numerous times leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have spoken about embracing immigrants, making a place for the refugee, and the need to open our arms to every man, woman, and child in need, and religious EFFING freedom, they suddenly had nothing to say in the face of blatant religious discrimination.

Trump’s Colossus

“The New Colossus” as understood by Donald Trump: Give me your White, your Rich, Your Millionaires yearning to invest, The Wealthy who build beach houses along shore. Send these, the Multiple home owning, limo-riding in to me, I lift my lamp for those who bring gold to my door!”

America: Big Oil’s Slaughterhouse Floor

President Barack Obama opposed the KXL, and I thought that would be the end of it; I mean, it was four years ago. Obviously, some people did not forget about it, as Trump has swooped in and resurrected it.

Review of “The Garden of Enid: Adventures of a Weird Mormon Girl, Part 1”

Review of “The Garden of Enid: Adventures of a Weird Mormon Girl, Part 1” by Scott Hales, published by Greg Kofford Books, 2016 Binding: Paper ISBN: 978-1-58958-562-1 Price: 22.95   No two ways about it, 2016 has been a tough year.  As a society we have lost so many of the people that have made […]

Tribal Religion and Tribal Politics

So I’ve been increasingly convinced, that in the US, being a Christian is often considered part of a package. A package that includes an American form nationalism, right wing politics, and an identification with the GOP. This creates pressure among Republicans, who do not have a religious bent, to identify with Christianity so as to […]

The Easter of Democracy: Lincoln at Gettysburg

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Few words are more well known. I love the speeches of Lincoln. While this speech may not be his greatest, I think that in many […]