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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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rainbow Mormon Initiative: “All about love, saving lives”

Image by Jerrilyn Pool

I cannot say with enough conviction how important Rainbow Mormon Initiative is and how important it is for everyone to participate in it.

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.