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Defeat the Clear and Present Danger

We are well beyond the point of his words presenting a clear and present danger. Trump is a threat to the safety and security of this country from outside forces, but he is also a threat to the safety of large portions of the US population because he has emboldened Alt-Right extremists and hate groups.


The Democrats and Religious Outreach

Jacob Lupfer, at Religion News Service, has made a case for outreach to the evangelical community by the Clinton campaign and Democrats in general. As a Christian pastor I appreciate the sentiment but the recent Wikileaks involving efforts at outreach to Catholic progressives indicate what kind of problems can occur. To do outreach to a […]


Hillary Clinton is a Liar

Why take all this time to break down a straight-forward graph of presidential candidates and their trustworthiness? Because I want the world to understand that I know Hillary Clinton is a liar.


Hillary Clinton: The Right Side of History

Like Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson before, Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for the president sits at a vital crossroads in American history.

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That Time I Was Investigated for Voter Fraud

  by Derek Willis ProPublica, Oct. 25, 2016, 10:08 a.m. Here’s how I learned that someone voted as me in the 2012 general election. On March 26, 2014, three investigators from Maryland’s Office of the State Prosecutor sat at my dining room table and showed me a signature on a photocopy taken from a D.C. […]


A Progressive Case for Hillary

I have a number of friends on the left whose judgement I trust. The bulk are voting for Hillary but not an insubstantial number are voting for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson. This piece is not against those two candidates. It is a case for Hillary. As a Bernie Sanders supporter I am asked how […]


Hillary Clinton: She is the Champion, My Friends

Hillary Clinton is not perfect, but she is more prepared to take the reigns of the American presidency than any previous president.


The PC Charge

While some liberal commentators assume that the politically correct (PC) charge is a way to deflect from those wanting to buttress racism or some other ism I think the effect of the charge is wider, more pernicious. I have come to think of it as means to dismiss any opinion if it is currently identified […]

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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 […]


Trump Regret

I just finished teaching a night class at a local university. The five week course covers United States and Nevada political and constitutional history. During our first meeting in July, we covered the Constitutional Convention and some basic aspects of the American founding. This time, we discussed the electoral college a bit more than usual. […]


Some Brief Thoughts on Voting Third-Party

Like Bernie Sanders, I am voting for Hillary Clinton in November. However, many of my friends and others in my social media circles are thinking about voting for one of the third-party candidates for President. Keep calm. In a two-party system, we are trained to be skeptical of third-parties. That is fine, but it might […]


2016 Hungry for Power Games

“Named for a money lender, so you know it is ruthless.” My favorite part: “Look, I know I am not supposed to be up here, but let’s be honest, neither is Donald Trump.”


The Democrats’ Bad Map

  by Alec MacGillis ProPublica, Oct. 22, 2016, 2:30 p.m. Even as Hillary Clinton appears poised to win easily against a highly erratic candidate with a campaign in meltdown, a sobering reality awaits Democrats on Nov. 9. It seems likely that they will eke out at most a narrow majority in the Senate, but will […]


Book Review: Hosea Stout: Lawman, Legislator, Mormon Defender

Title: Hosea Stout: Lawman, Legislator, Mormon Defender Author: Stephen Prince Publisher: Utah State University Press Genre: Biography Year Published: 2016 Number of Pages: 379 Binding: Cloth ISBN: 978-1-60732-476-8 Price: $29.95 Let all those who pass the bridge to council go unmolested, except Bishop Miller; kill him and throw him over the bridge – Order given […]


My Name is Emmett Till

14 year old Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi  on August 28, 1955. It has been 61 years since his death. Sixty One years and some days I wonder what we in the United States have learned. Sixty One years I wonder how much we have grown and how much has changed.  Sixty One years […]


My Growing Disgust with the Presidential Race

I am beyond disgusted. The world I thought I knew is falling apart, and reality continues to grow increasingly subjective. In my previous post, I briefly addressed the wellspring of evidence that proves Donald Trump has no right even to be considered for the presidency of the United States of America, yet, despite all his […]


Religious Freedom: Theirs and Ours

The amount of writing done by social conservatives on the topic of religious liberty is far more extensive than I can get a handle on. But after following prominent social conservatives on twitter, I’ll attempt a response. There are three ways in which religious liberty is construed by such authors. A. The ability to have […]

Democratic presidential candidates  Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, left, and Hillary Rodham Clinton talk before the CNN Democratic presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

It’s Clinton or (literally) Bust

My plan, for the next several weeks, is to post at least once a week on some of the goings on in our political climate. I will not hold back. I will attack. I will drop truth bombs and harrowing opinions achieved through common sense all the way up through critical thought. I will drop mics and do anything I can to get people to wake the hell up to the dangerous reality we face in this country.

Traditional American taco, served with ground beef, sour cream, iceburg lettuce, tomato and jack and cheddar cheese.


To honor and celebrate Donald Trump’s impending loss in the US Presidential race, I intend on eating some form of Taco every Tuesday between now and November 8th. Tonight I had a fairly common U.S. Tex Mex ground beef Taco in a hard shell with, beans, cheese, and onions. I invite everyone to join me […]


The Need for Liberal Protestantism: A Gay Generation X View

  This picture is from the summer of 1994. We were headed to see the 25th anniversary of Stonewall Pride Parade in NYC. Still have the old UM colors to boot! A conservative Episcopal writer remarks: In a world in which LGBT people increasingly have public affirmation and political protection, they no will longer need […]


A Gay Christian Confronts the Sexual Revolution

This reads like an odd title to me. But after reading enough social conservatives over the last few months, I’m using their term to describe whatever cultural shake up which worked to create a space to allow us to rethink gender and sexuality as a society. The result in the last 50 years is we can […]


Claiming my Heresy

A United Methodist pastor is writing a series on the most common heresies. Since I fit a number of them, I thought I’d offer my own reflections on the topic. Since he suggests to “just to admit you’re a heretic” I thought I would and given that he suggests I ought to “repent” I thought […]


What They Need’s a Damn Good Whacking

After reading the news of drastic increases in the price of Epipens and Insulin over the last couple of years (as well as the unreasonably and unnecessarily high prices on many other life saving drugs), I want to dedicate this Hymns of Social Justice post featuring a live performance of George Harrison’s song “Piggies” (Originally […]


New Beginnings and Red Shoes

The last time I bought red Converse All-Stars, I had just left Casper College. It was a time of deep pain and frustration. When we recently did a little back-to-school shopping, I decided to get another pair of red All-Stars. It was partially because their was a BOGO sale at Famous Footwear and Shem needed […]


Progressive Christian Political Book List: Recommendations Requested

I came across an article from a Southern Baptist leader that caught my attention on how to engage the political landscape with one’s faith intact. Good piece. But then he ended with a list of evangelical book recommendations. And it started me thinking, what are the books would you recommend with a progressive Christian view […]


How Jesus Saves the World from Us: A Book Review

I’m new to the realm of book reviews. But given that books remain one of the most powerful means to express ideas, I’d like to try my hand at more reviews. I’m starting with How Jesus Saves the World From Us by Morgan Guyton, a Methodist campus minister at the NOLA Wesley Center. While I am […]


Book Review: The “Joseph Smith Papers – Documents Volume 4: April 1834 to September 1835”

Editors: Matthew C. Godfrey, Brenden W. Rensink, Alex D. Smith, Max H Parkin, and Alexander L. Baugh Publisher: The Church Historians Press Number of Pages: 668 Binding: Cloth ISBN: 13:978-1-62972-174-3 Price: $54.95 I was on my LDS mission on Oklahoma City when I first began taking a very serious interest in trying to learn as […]

“The Greatest Song Ever Written About America”

I honestly don’t know how many versions of “This Land is Your Land” are on my computer.  I have about a dozen versions on my tablet that I listen to in heavy rotation.  If I had my way it would be the USA National Anthem.  I love Springsteen’s statement in this video and agree 100% […]


Reading Wiesel’s Night with My Mother

NOTE: I originally posted this on May 12, 2013 for Mother’s Day. Today brought my thoughts to this post for two reasons. First, it is my mother’s birthday. Second, Elie Wiesel died today. I re-post this today, with minor revisions, in honor of both of them. My mother Carla Henrichsen is Dutch. She was born in The […]


Rebuilding the EU

I first ran into a left critique of the EU when I got to know folks from the Dutch Socialist Party. Like many new or reformed euro communist parties in western Europe they had noticed how since Maastricht and the development of a common currency, standard tools governments have had to help their economy and middle class […]


A Gay Christian Response

I came across a Christian open letter to LGBT Americans. While LGBT Americans span the religious spectrum the majority of LGBT Americans are Christian. Something never acknowledged in this piece. In fact, the opposite is presumed throughout. As a gay Christian pastor I thought I’d offer some thoughts on the issues raised in the letter. In […]


Church Decline: Theirs and Ours

The Institute on Religion and Democracy has a new piece covering a struggling United Church of Christ congregation. A congregation that is on the precipice after giving up its building as well as facing years of church splits.The Boston Globe did a piece covering the painful transitions involved over a two year period. Before I […]