Bob Bennett Warns Against the Tea Party and other “Slogan Screamers”

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Last Thursday, former United States Senator Robert Bennett (R-UT) spoke about the current political scene in the United State at a university forum at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho."Beware of the Slogan Screamers," said Bennett in thinly veiled reference to the Tea Party.Bennett said that Democrats are the party of government solutions and Republicans are the party of market solutions. And both sides can be correct.He praised the Democrats on Civil Rights and … [Read more...]

Remembering Matthew Shepard

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I lived in Matthew Sheperd's hometown of Casper, WY for three years. He had studied at political science Casper College where I once taught.I never knew him, but I remember his death. I think about him often. I am only 11 days older than him.  There have been efforts of late to dismiss the the extent to which homosexuality played a role in Matthew's murder. Such attempts are completely contrary to the evidence that came up during the trial that convicted his … [Read more...]

Announcing Queer Pioneer Week

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Today, is National Coming Out Day.No, I am not coming out.However, I want to announce what will be happening here at Approaching Justice. Starting tomorrow, and going through next Friday, Approaching Justice will have an array of posts about gender, gay rights, and homosexuality.I am calling it Queer Pioneer Week.A year ago today, I spoke as a candidate for office to the National Coming Out Day gathering at the United Church of Christ in Casper, WY. Much of what you will read at … [Read more...]

Lewis Black on Religion, Politics, and Mormons

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Lewis Black is a cranky guy from Montgomery County, Maryland. I think I appreciate his style so much because I am a somewhat cranky guy...also from Montgomery County, Maryland.Here is Black from 2008:Amen! To the last part. And the testicles part.I got a kick out of Black's description of Mormons as "whacky" with a "moral center." Some are more whacky and some have a more solid moral center than other. But "whacky" with a "moral center" sounds like a good way to describe Mormons … [Read more...]

I Love Pearl Jam: Eddie Vedder’s Critique of Guns

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Eddie Vedder, of the rock band Pearl Jam, offers a Utilitarian assessment of the gun situation in American society: In many ways, Vedder's thoughts remind me of the philosopher Jeff McMahan's argument that I looked at back in May.Vedder's argument about guns is not particularly articulate or sophisticated (and he can be both). However, it very much mirrors my sentiments about guns.In March, I referred to the gun culture of Wyoming as a a form of cultural psychosis. It is … [Read more...]

“Do you think God likes Baseball?”

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I really liked the movie 42. I particularly liked the religious social justice themes advances by Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey as portrayed by Harrison Ford.This clip was one of my favorite moments:  … [Read more...]

LDS Church to Broadcast Priesthood Session: Some Brief Thoughts

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Buried deep in the news release from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announcing the upcoming October General Conference of the Church is the following:As part of a continued effort to make general conference proceedings more accessible to members around the globe, the priesthood session will be shown live for the first time through expanded channels, including LDS.org, the Mormon Channel and BYUtv.Of course, this is the only news in the news release.Is this a response … [Read more...]


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