Fever in Baltimore

America woke up today to news of riots in Baltimore. We’ve seen this before, too often. But what bothers me is the inevitable outrage directed at the protestors and rioters, rather than the systematic violence that created them. Riots are not the problem, but a symptom of something far worse. A riot is like a […]

Why, Yes, My Faith Does Sway My Politics

I would like to know what is so liberating about leaving people sick, naked, and hungry. That is precisely what government entitlement programs address: feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and taking care of the sick. If conservative Christians really are disciples of Christ, then I would like each one of them to ask, “What would Jesus do?”

Socialism, the Death of America

“Socialism and the redistribution of wealth is a fundamentally wrong-thinking, anti-freedom, anti-American idea. Nowhere in history has it worked. It destroys nations. Why do our leaders keep moving us in this direction? Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness CANNOT happen when you limit, confiscate, and redistribute ownership and property through central government – societies […]

Seventh-day Adventist Leader Speaks on Moral and Political Justice at BYU

I do not always share LDS Newsroom press releases. But when I do, they are about justice. SALT LAKE CITY — Dr. Ella Smith Simmons, general vice president of the Seventh-day Adventist world church, addressed students, faculty and administrators at Brigham Young University about the importance of education in a just society as part of a lecture […]

The Media and Mobs

Anyone who values truth ought to be deeply troubled by the media’s coverage of the tragic incident in Ferguson, Missouri, where a Police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, a young African American. The media almost immediately began framing this story as it always does when race is involved, as a white versus black narrative. […]

“She had high hopes”

Another Hymns of Social Justice post in my continuing series on the 25th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre Roger Waters third post Pink Floyd album, “Amused to Death”, was released in 1992.  Like most of Water’s albums it was a concept album.  The running them in this one was of a monkey watching TV […]

Utah Cracks Down on Panhandlers

One of the best ways to help the beggar…is to fine them $750 for begging. Fox 13 News reported recently on a new Utah law that will restrict pandhandlers along roadways. The story featured Jennifer Gailey who has been homeless for five years and relies on pandhandling. Starting on Tuesday, though, the effort could cost […]

Oh lord, is there nothing more anybody can do?

This Hymns of Social Justice post is a companion piece to Chris Henrichsen’s post “Should Mormons Give Money to Panhandlers?” found here In the fall of 1990 I started my senior year at Provo High school in Provo, Utah.  Being a (mostly good) Mormon boy I (somewhat) dutifully attended “Seminary”.  For readers who are not LDS, […]

Meet Me in the Crowd

This is part 2 in a multi-part series on songs inspired by or related to the Tiananmen Square Protests/Massacre in remembrance of the 25th anniversary of the massacre. Part One, “Electric Highways” is Here. Okay the subject of this post is number two in the series because 1) All of the other songs that I […]

Daily Video: A Place At the Table #hymnsofsocialjustice

The Jesus Christ that I read about in the scriptures always taught a doctrine of inclusion.  Here are some of the things that He said or that were said about Him: Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. – Matt 19:14 Thou shalt […]

Jubilee USA: Pope Francis; Pope of Peace, Justice and the Poor

On Wednesday, I shared a quote from newly appointed Pope Francis poverty and inequality. Also, on Wednesday, Jubilee USA Networks, an “alliance of more than 75 US organizations, 250 faith communities and 50 Jubilee global partners” released the following statement:: WASHINGTON, DC – Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of Jubilee USA, a religious organization that works […]