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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? […]

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 […]

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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.

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.

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 […]

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#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 […]

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!”

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 […]

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 […]

A Post Election Sermon

What a week this has been. I haven’t really had a time to digest it all, make sense of its meaning. That may take years though. not days. So if any of you still feel at a bit of a loss, remember, it’s only been days. It’s OK to not know what happened, where our […]

The Democrats Have Had a Failing Strategy for Decades

I turn 40 tomorrow. In my lifetime, Barack Obama is the only Democrat to secure more than 50 percent of the popular vote. Sure, Al Gore and Hillary Clinton got the plurality of the vote while losing the Electoral College. Bill Clinton won in 1992 (43%) and 1996 (49%) without ever breaking 50%. Third-parties played […]

In Nevada, We Did Our Best

So I was way off with my predictions. The only thing that went my way yesterday was Nevada. Here, Clinton won. Catherine Cortes Masto defeat Joe Heck to keep Harry Reid’s seat in the blue column. Impressed by the Cortes Masto victory mostly because it seem like a low energy campaign. Also, defeating Heck was […]

Is God in control of the 2016 Election?

A number of evangelical writers who are opposed to Trump and Hillary find themselves in the situation that one of the two candidates they oppose will become our next president. Knowing that this is the case they remind us and each other that despite everything God is in control and we can be at peace […]

The Woman Who Must Be President

People continue to pile horrible criticisms on Hillary Clinton, even people who say they will vote for her. All of Clinton’s political rivals and many of her supporters (some reluctant #NeverTrumpers) cannot stand her. . . . Why?

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. […]

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 […]