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 […]

“How can we not have a mother?” Louis C.K. on Heavenly Mother (From the Archives)

A variety of a great religious reflections from Louis C.K. during his opening monologue on Saturday Night Live this past weekend. His comments of Heavenly Mother start at around 6:00. Check it out: I particularly like his theory about why God became known as a father figure. Heavenly Mother is a concept of much interest […]

Anti-Mormon Mudslinging in Nevada Politics

Nevada State Assemblywoman Victoria Seaman is running for the Nevada State Senate against Assemblyman Erv Nelson. Seaman recently sent the above mailer to voters. The exact details of what Nelson is being accused of on the postcard is not totally coherent. Thursday night, Seaman used her personal Facebook account (not her campaign page) to defend […]

Clinton and the Electability Myth

The following poll results where released yesterday by Quinnipiac University: The report summarizes the findings as follows: American voters back Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont over Republican candidates by margins of 4 to 10 percentage points in head to head presidential matchups, according to a Quinnipiac University National poll released today. The closest Republican contender […]

Bernie Bro Hymn

Matt Bruenig addressed the myth of the Bernie Bro here in Jacobin. But whether there is a phenomenon called the Bernie Bro or not, Bro Hymn by Pennywise would be a great anthem for the Bernie Bro movement. Just saying.

My Sloppy Manners Explained! Support Approaching Justice!

  A October 2012 Associated Press profile of me described me as “a large man with perpetually rumpled clothes.” Well, if sloppy dress leads to sloppy manners, I am pretty sure this explains why I have rumpled manners. Here at Approaching Justice, we don’t fit a typical mold. We annoy some. We offend others. And we also […]

Confessions: I Don’t Belong

  I have felt this way for a long time about many things. I don’t belong. I am a Mormon liberal who more and more finds myself still unorthodox…but very much at odds with most other Mormon liberals. I don’t belong. I am a white teacher at an urban school. I don’t belong. I am […]

Thoughts on Bundy Extremism and Responses To It

I have re-posted my 2014 post on the connection between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and extreme conservative elements within Mormonism. I also want to summarize a bit the other posts I have written about Cliven Bundy in the past. I am mostly responding to those who seem to think that I do not understand who […]

The Mormon Roots of Cliven Bundy’s New Political Party

Editor’s Note: This post originally ran here at Approaching Justice on May 27, 2014. Re-posting in light of recent events, though I would emphasize that Bundy’s view and those of his family are very extreme and fringe even within Mormon community, which is in mans ways ultra-conservative. -CH Cliven Bundy has left the Republican Party and […]

Confessions: I Want to Conquer the World…and Other Resolutions

2016 is going to be a good year. I turn 40 this year and I will not put out with another off year. It time to conquer the world. Well…my little part of it at least.

Confessions: Religious But Not Spiritual. #planted

This is the first of my “Confessions” columns, a new feature in 2016 at Approaching Justice. Today, I wrote a bit about being religious but not spiritual.

Why Mormons Identify with Syrian Refugees

from Vox