Believing in Santa Claus: Faith and Social Justice

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I believe in Santa Claus.He is not real, but he has spiritual significance for me. In this way, Santa is like Job. I do not think that Job was a real person, but I do think that Job is one of of the most powerful books of the Bible. Symbolism is very powerful.Watching A Christmas Carol (the George C. Scott version...of course), I realized that, for me, Santa Clause is the Ghost of Christmas Present. Now, I am not an expert on Dickens, but I have always loved this story and I have … [Read more...]

Tears of Joy: Federal Judge Strikes Down Utah’s Gay Marriage Ban

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"I'm in tears." D. Christian Harrison told Approaching Justice earlier this afternoon, as he took in the news that a U.S. District Court in Utah ruled today that Utah's 2004 gay marriage ban was unconstitutional."I'm sitting at my desk in tears," Harrison continued. "Today, Utah becomes the 18th state in our country to recognize gay marriage. And it happened because people stood up and said 'this is not right' — people like my friends Derek Kitchen and his boyfriend Moudi Sbeity, two of the p … [Read more...]

“We Three Kings” Judas Priest Edition

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Okay, it is actually Rob Halford and his supergroup. But Halford is best known as the lead singer of Judas Priest.Between now and Christmas, I will be sharing here at Approaching Justice some of my favorite renditions of Christmas songs.The studio version of Halford singing "We Three Kings" is on my iPod rotation year-round. Take a listen: As you will notice, Halford is joined by Slash on the guitar and Father Christmas on bass. Or maybe the bassist is a member of the … [Read more...]

TLC Picks Up “My Five Wives” as a Series

Nonie, Robyn, Brady, Paulie, Rhonda, and Rosemary (Source: TLC)

I just received word from Shannon Martin, a senior director of publicity with TLC, that the show "My Five Wives" featuring the Williams family has been picked up as a series.The nine episode season is set to premiere on March 9.The debut/pilot episode aired back in September. According to The Hollywood Reporter, that episode "averaged 1.9 million total viewers."On Tuesday, Approaching Justice reported about the response of Brady Williams to Friday's Brown v. Buhman ruling which s … [Read more...]

Progressive Polygamist: Polygamists Need to Change Their Ways

Nonie, Robyn, Brady, Paulie, Rhonda, and Rosemary (Source: TLC)

Brady Williams, a progressive philosophy student and practicing polygamist whose family was featured on TLC's My Five Wives, views the recent ruling in the case of Brown v. Buhman, also known as the Sister Wives case, as opportunity for the polygamist community to change their ways."We are no longer considered criminals by the courts," wrote Williams in a statement he made on Facebook and shared with Approaching Justice. "Let’s prove that we are deserving of that assessment by … [Read more...]

Hymns Through the Lens of a 13-Year-Old Young Man

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"I already thought three was too many," Todd whispered to me in reference to the normal minimum of three hymns that we have in LDS Sacrament meetings (our main Sunday service).Todd is my 13-year-old son and I love hearing his commentary on the world and our shared experiences.Yesterday, we had a musical testimony meeting at church.It is an annual tradition in our ward to have a testimony meeting where anyone from the congregation can walk up to the podium and share a little bit about … [Read more...]

LDS Church Releases New Statement on Polygamy

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In the wake of the polygamy ruling by the U.S. District Court for Utah, and on the heels of a similar post about race and the priesthood, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released a brand new "Gospel Topics" entry dealing with the history of plural marriage as practiced by Latter-day Saints.A few points stood out after an initial reading by Approaching Justice.The entry acknowledges that polygamy was still practiced after the 1890 "Manifesto" which … [Read more...]


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